Arma 3's campaign will be released in three free episodes after the game's initial launch, Bohemia Interactive has announced.
The first episode, Survive, will be released as DLC within one month of the game's launch. Episodes Adapt and Win will appear in the following months.
"This was not a decision we made lightly," commented Joris-Jan van 't Land, project lead on Arma 3. "As game creators, we love developing and playing through campaigns so, to those awaiting ours, we say: sorry for the delay. After talking a lot about a focus on quality over the last year, it simply did not feel right to compromise now. Rather than pushing back the entire game, we launch this year with an awesome package – a splendid kick off for the Arma 3 experience."
Arma 3's official release will therefore include the island terrains of Altis (270 km²) and Stratis (20 km²), 12 singleplayer showcase missions, 3 faction showcases, 9 multiplayer scenarios, a set of 10 firing drill challenges, over 20 vehicles, more than 40 weapons, 5 factions, the scenario editor and modding support.
Arma 3 is currently available as an early access beta on Steam, with the game expected to be finished in Q3.
Source: Press release