If it's any indication that ArmA III will be officially launching in the near future, it is that of the events that have preceded this weekend. Today, Bohemia Interactive has put the cherry on top by revealing the official box cover art for the game.
On the ArmA III forums, development team member RoyaltyInExile (who's actual name we have no confirmation of) revealed the following images in a rouge announcement, 473 pages into a development blog thread. Sadly, only the first image in available in high resolution.
Alongside the images, was this small note:
Regarding the new cover art, I think it's worth mentioning that we didn't give ourselves a completely 'clean slate'. The previous artwork has obviously been out there for a while, and it had its own charm. We wanted to retain some of the distinctive elements, while taking it in a new direction and blending together the visual style across other media (e.g. in game, website, videos/ trailers). Consistency is king!
So, gone is the super-special tier-one sniper-elite medal-of-lone-wolf behind-Sam-Fisher-lines and, in his place, is a figure that's more immediately recognizable as being 'military'. Broadly, that means being a bit more 'part of a bigger structure', less autonomous, etc. Infantry is our first priority - so he's still the primary focus - but, it's now a bit clearer that infantry is just one part of a bigger military framework, as that's the beauty of the Arma sandbox.
It's also using in-game assets - adapted with some artistic license - rather than real-life assets from the previous art style. Overall, I much prefer this new direction. Even just the (sometimes difficult!) process of iterating on the artwork and discussing subjective preferences and ideas within the team has made the effort a worthwhile process. It's helped share the direction we're going in across the three studios (the third being our publishing hub in Prague), and refocus our goals by asking: 'what is it that Arma 3 should be about?'
Don't forget, ArmA III will officially be available for pre-order via Bohemia Interactive this Tuesday (March the 5th) on their website, at the low price of €24 ($32 USD) and with alpha testing officially launching that same day.
On note of this article, we'd also like to point out PCGamer has released quite a detailed interview with Project Lead Joris-Jan van ‘t Land and Co-Creative Director Jay Crowe.