Bohemia Interactive’s open-world tactical first-person shooter Arma 3 won’t be coming to consoles due to porting difficulties, project lead Joris-Jan van ‘t Land told Eurogamer in a recent interview.
“We’ve basically dismissed [console ports] for Arma 3,” van ’t Land told Eurogamer.
“I personally really like the consoles so I would love to see it on there, but for Arma 3, from the start it was developed as PC only, and it wouldn’t do it justice—there wouldn’t be an easy port to console,” van ’t Land added. “You’d have to redesign stuff like how the controls work, and the interface, so for Arma 3 that’s out of the scope.”
The team at Bohemia experienced these struggles first hand when trying to port Arma 2 to Xbox 360, which van ’t Land says “we couldn’t get it right.”
According to van ’t Land, the company’s next project, however, is “much more likely to be multiplatform.” In the meanwhile, the Bohemia Interactive team is going to remain focused on Arma 3 for at least the next two years, and won’t start thinking about their next project until 2015.
“Arma 3 we are supporting at least for the next two years,” he said. “We have the plans in place for that. Whatever is next [i.e. Arma 4], I don’t think a lot will happen this year in terms of pre-production. But 2015 will be the year when we need to start thinking about what’s next. We don’t have concrete plans at the moment.”
Van ’t Land does believe, however, that it’s likely that something will be another entry in the Arma franchise.
The last of Arma 3’s three free DLC campaign episodes hit Windows PC just last week, on March 20.