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Marcus Estrada posted a article in PCArma 3, which is currently in beta, is a game with a massive fanbase. Of course, this came thanks to the original game, sequel, and even various mods that have pepper the game (DayZ, anyone?). With such a vast amount of players on Arma 3, you'd think that your data would be very carefully guarded. Unfortunately, there is never such a thing as 100% security online. That's why Bohemia Interactive has announced that they suffered a severe security breach. Apparently hackers targeted multiple websites of theirs and managed to download a database which contained usernames, passwords, and email addresses. On the plus side, all passwords were encrypted. Credit card details were not a part of the database, thankfully. Bohemia has proactively reset user passwords. Here's what you have to do if you have an account with them: "As a precaution we are resetting the passwords of all users which means you will be unable to log into any of our websites/forums until your password is changed. To do this, go to https://profile.bistudio.com/profile/recover-password, enter your email address and press "Get a new password". Shortly afterwards you will receive an automated email from firstname.lastname@example.org with a link, where you can set a new password of your choosing."
In the past, most PC games were released and tended to not require any special computer-based client to run. Since Steam's initial forced installation for Half-Life 2 things have changed. Now many companies release games that only work through Steam, and it looks like another big game is getting that caveat. Bohemia Interactive have announced that ARMA 3 will be a Steam exclusive. The developer has seen a great deal of troubles recently, such as members of their team being arrested for a period of time due to alleged espionage. It has been a hard road for them but their goal is still to release ARMA 3 this year. As such, they feel the only way that will happen is with making the game Steam exclusive. How does that work out? First, they want to make sure the game has one main version to download. ARMA 2 was notable for having various versions floating around that were not all necessarily the latest. Of course, using Steamworks for networking functionality is a benefit to both players and Bohemia. They won't have to draft up their own solution for multiplayer and instead let Steam do the work. There were a few other reasons discussed in Bohemia Interactive's blog for the shift to exclusivity. Should more games be exclusive to Steam or does Steam need more competition?
DayZ is one massively popular mod for the game ARMA II: Combined Operations. Perhaps it has something to do with the focus on surviving in a zombie outbreak rather than simply shooting them all in the face. Either way, the mod has been a big deal for a while now and even caused ARMA II: CO to be a top-selling title each day of the Steam Summer Sale. Earlier, the developers spoke about their desire to make it a full game and now it seems they're ready to do so. Posted on the development blog was the news that DayZ is now being developed as a standalone title by none other than Bohemia Interactive themselves. They're the developer of the ARMA series. Of course, the project lead will still be the DayZ crew. How exactly is this going to work out? Unfortunately the post was extremely minimal on explanations, but we do know a few things. For one, don't panic if you already purchased ARMA games just to play the mod. As the standalone game receives updates so too will the mod. At least, that's what they intend to be the case right now. In regards to the new game, it will be priced similar to how Minecraft was. That means the earliest versions of the game will be cheap and slowly increase in price until the finished version arrives.