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Military sim Arma 3 begins free weekend on Steam, part of publisher sale

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Now's a good time to check in on Bohemia Interactive's latest military simulator Arma 3 if it's been on your 'to do' list but you haven't gotten round to it. It's enjoying a free weekend on Steam, with it discounted by 50%.

In fact there's a host of savings on Bohemia's titles from the standalone DayZ to the Red Planet visiting Take On Mars. Sorry but only Arma 3 is free to try out this weekend. Who can resist the allure of the 'Play Game' button?

DayZ reveal work on "zombie templates" for more variety, includes body shapes

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Chris Torchia from DayZ's development team over at Bohemia Interactive has given us a glimpse of the "zombie template" system being worked on, which will dramatically increase the wardrobe of the shuffling undead.

Not only will they dress differently, but they come in different body shapes too. All this will have minimal impact on DayZ's performance should anyone come across a large gathering.

Day Z reaches 3,000,000 in Early Access sales

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Open world zombie survival sim Day Z has racked up an impressive 3 million sales since it launched on Steam Early Access in December 2013.

The standalone version of the popular Arma 2 mod is expected to release in full in early 2016, and the developers have already unveiled a list of features on the way this year.

Youtube and Twitch the "entire force" behind success for DayZ

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Producer Brian Hicks for DayZ over at Bohemia Interactive reveals they're shy about 100k copies from hitting 3 million sold for the survival sandbox. Its mega success comes with a "nearly $0 marketing budget."

At times their Twitch popularity has beaten the cool kids of Dota, League of Legends and StarCraft. In fact Hicks points to Youtube and Twitch as the "entire force" driving DayZ's success.

Patch 0.52 for Day Z adds chainsaws and other weapons of zombie destruction

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Any zombie game worth its salt needs chainsaws. This is an immutable fact, and one that Day Z developer Bohemia has finally acknowledged with the release of the entertaining if impractical weapon in Patch 0.52, just in time for Christmas.

Actually there's a few interesting new items added in the new patch; if the primitive delights of the 'Stone Knife' don't sway you, perhaps the 'Long Sword' or the 'Meat Cleaver' will? And don't forget to top off your zombie-fighting look with the 'Full Ghillie suite'.

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