Bohemia Interactive has launched its latest piece of free DLC for its ambitious military simulator Arma 3 -- and it might just change the way you think about multiplayer gaming.
Taking its cues from earlier forays into "game master"-led multiplayer sessions such as BioWare's Neverwinter Nights and Nihilistic's Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption, Arma 3's Zeus DLC allows one player to take on the role of supreme overseer and make life interesting for the players who are down on the ground.
The Zeus player is provided with a comprehensive suite of real-time editing tools, allowing them to swoop around the game world adding elements to the mix, triggering special events and even creating new objectives for the players to complete as they continue on their journey. In this way, multiplayer sessions can become much more than simple deathmatches or cooperative "shoot everything" missions; instead, they take on much more of a role-playing game feel, in which the group of non-Zeus players must cooperate, communicate and adapt to the varied challenges that the Zeus player throws their way. At the same time, the Zeus player has the opportunity to unleash their creativity, assembling a story as they go and responding to the things the players do -- expected or unexpected.
The Zeus DLC comes with a selection of scenarios specifically designed to be played with someone in the god chair, but it can also be used in the more conventional multiplayer modes to make things a little more unpredictable. It also works with player-created scenarios -- and given how active the Arma modding community is, will likely help to give the game a considerably longer lifespan than it was already likely to enjoy.
The Zeus DLC is now available for free to all Arma 3 players on PC. You can find out more about it here.