Way back in 2001, Bohemia Interactive and Codemasters turned the military sim genre on it’s head with the massive game Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis. After both companies parted ways, the game was relaunched and published by BIS as Arma: Cold War Assault, fitting firmly into their now hugely popular Arma series, of which the latest is Arma 3.
When Arma 3 came out, it shipped with two huge neighbouring islands to explore: Altis and Stratis, clocking in at 290 square kilometres of land. Between them, they offered a wide range of Mediterranean landscape to play out your military fantasies. Now, BIS have revealed a new island, Tanoa, which is located in the South Pacific, and offers a vastly different environment to run, drive, fly and shoot around.
Situated in the South Pacific, the island province of Tanoa is one of many that, together, compose the Horizon Islands – an independent island nation with historic ties to both East and West. Formerly an outpost belonging to the Empire of Japan, before its liberation by US Marines in 1944, evidence of a long history of conflict and turmoil can still be found dotted across the island –relics from times long-since passed.
Nowadays, Tanoa thrives off rich deposits of rare earth metals exported the world over, but controversy and civil unrest have long surrounded these efforts due to the perceived social, economic and environmental impacts of their exploitation. Tanoa is also believed to be a hub of illicit trafficking in the Pacific, but no formal charges have ever been raised.
In 2035, Tanoa continues to enjoy a prolonged period of apparent peace and prosperity, but the volatile geopolitical situation on the world’s stage threatens to destabilize the region, and plunge it into darkness once more.
Along with the new 100 KM2 island, the expansion will have new weapons, attachments, vehicles, gear and characters with which you can discover all the new landscape. There’s still a while until the expected release date in the first half of next year, distributed through Steam on Windows.
Keep an eye on the Arma 3 website to stay up to date with the expansion, or keep reading here, as I’m sure it’ll get featured again!
Have you played the Arma series? What is your favourite military simulation game?