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Bohemia Interactive will release free new game
“Argo” on June 22nd
Prague, Czech Republic, May 31st 2017
Bohemia Interactive today revealed their plans for their new tactical first-person multiplayer shooter, Argo. Launching worldwide on June 22 for free to everyone on Steam, Argo features a variety of multiplayer game modes, a weapon and gear unlock system, leaderboards, a scenario editor, and more. The announcement of Argo’s release date is supported by new screenshots, as well as new videos explaining each of the competitive game modes.
In Argo, players take on the role of mercenaries, who are contracted by two rival factions, and deployed to the island of Malden – a re-imagination of the classic terrain featured in Bohemia Interactive’s very first Arma game (originally released as Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis*). Here players need to fight over the remnants of a crashed space station in a 5-vs-5 matchup. At the end of each match, players are awarded experience points based on their performance, which can be used to unlock new weapons, weapon attachments, and gear.
In addition to competitive game modes, Argo features a new cooperative game mode named Combat Patrol. This mode enables up to 10 players to team up and fight against AI in an open-world setting. Due to its randomized objectives and procedural generation of enemy forces, combined with Malden’s 62 km² sandbox terrain, each session of Combat Patrol presents new challenges. To round out the package, Argo also includes a trimmed down version of the 3D Scenario Editor found in Arma 3, which makes it possible to create your own scenarios in just a few simple steps.
Argo was originally made available to the public late last year as part of the Bohemia Incubator label. Released in the form of the “Project Argo” Open Prototype, the game has evolved significantly since then over the course of multiple updates. Some of the most notable changes have been the reduction of in-game UI elements, the introduction of an unlock system and leaderboards, various changes to the terrain, a re-design of the Link game mode, the addition of the Combat Patrol cooperative mode, and various other tweaks to help emphasize the importance of teamplay and communication. A new devblog from Argo’s Project Lead Lukáš Haládik provides a more detailed summary of the development process so far.
Argo will be available for free on Steam and the Bohemia Store, and will not feature micro-transactions or require any other form of payment to play the game. However, those who wish to support its development will have the opportunity to purchase the completely optional Argo Supporter’s Pack. As the development team’s way of saying thanks, the Supporter’s Pack comes with a few special rewards: 14 exclusive animations for the MVP screen at the end of each match, a bundle of 22 unique apparel items, the ability to use vehicles in the 3D Scenario Editor, access to premium Argo Supporter servers, and the names of supporters will be highlighted on the leaderboards.
Finally, on top of the official launch of Argo, and in celebration of the Arma series’ 16th anniversary on June 22, Bohemia Interactive will be releasing Argo’s re-imagined Malden terrain for Arma 3 in the form of the free Arma 3 Malden DLC. This free package will include the 62 km² terrain of Malden, plus Arma 3’s variant of the aforementioned cooperative Combat Patrol multiplayer mode. The exact details of the Arma 3 Malden DLC will be announced later.
For more information about Argo, please visit https://www.projectargo.net - and follow Argo on Facebook and Twitter. Those who are interested can still play the Project Argo Open Prototype for free by signing up via the Bohemia Store.
Argo – Logo & Artwork
Argo is a hardcore tactical first-person shooter, in which players take on the role of a mercenary, and fight across various unrestricted locations on the 62 km² Malden terrain. The game features three competitive 5-vs-5 game modes, plus a cooperative sandbox game mode with randomized objectives. By winning in battle and gaining experience, players rank up and unlock new weapons, attachments, and gear, which enables them to create their own custom loadouts. Argo will be available for free on Steam and the Bohemia Store from June 22nd, 2017. For more information, please visit projectargo.net.
About Bohemia Incubator
Bohemia Incubator is a label for experimental Bohemia Interactive games that are made available to the public. The goal of Bohemia Incubator is to guide the development of a game, technology, and/or supporting services – plus it’s a way for the studio and its employees to increase its knowledge of different areas of game development. For more information, please visit incubator.bistudio.com.
About Bohemia Interactive
Established in 1999 in Prague, Czech Republic, Bohemia Interactive is an independent game development studio which is primarily known for its award-winning mil-sim Arma series, starting with Arma: Cold War Assault. Published in 2001, this debut title became the no. 1 bestselling PC game around the world and has won many international awards. The hugely successful series was followed by Arma 1 and Arma 2, before a standalone expansion Operation Arrowhead was released, as well as three DLC which greatly added to the series. The latest installment in the Arma series, Arma 3, pioneered Steam's Early Access form of development, and was successfully released in 2013, followed up by various platform updates and DLC, and the Arma 3 Apex expansion. Bohemia Interactive is also the developer of Take On Helicopters, Carrier Command: Gaea Mission, and Arma Tactics. In addition to their ongoing support for Arma 3 and Take On Mars, the studio is currently working on DayZ, Arma Mobile Ops (iOS & Android), Ylands, Project Argo, the new Enfusion engine, and several other projects. More information about Bohemia Interactive is available at www.bistudio.com .
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