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Arma 3 Apex: Old Man (Beta)
Data Type: Mod
DLC: Apex
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Dec 17, 2019 @ 4:41am
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Arma 3 Apex: Old Man (Beta)

This Steam Workshop item contained the beta version of Arma 3 Apex: Old Man. All of its content has now been integrated into the Arma 3 vanilla platform via update 1.98. An empty item is retained to preserve all the links and information about its original purpose as beta. You are recommended to unsubscribe from this item, as it is no longer needed and considered deprecated. Over the course of the beta there have been many fixes and improvements. Thank you kindly for testing the scenario and providing your feedback!

“La mission est sacrée, tu l’exécutes jusqu’au bout et si besoin, en opérations, au péril de ta vie.” – The Legionnaire’s Code of Honor, Art. 6.

Bienvenue, “Old Man”. In this open-world singleplayer scenario, you assume the role of a retired Legionnaire, who – together with a familiar CTRG operative – attempts to avert a catastrophic CSAT power play on the island of Tanoa.

This experimental scenario is a Bohemia Incubator project developed by Bohemia Interactive. It is available as free bonus content for everyone who owns the Arma 3 Apex expansion.
  • Shared Armaverse
    After the events of the Arma 3 “The East Wind” and “Apex Protocol” campaigns, the South Pacific island nation of Tanoa is hit by yet another humanitarian crisis; a malaria outbreak. When authorities fail to distribute an effective vaccine, a local veteran is tipped off about a possible plot and sets out to uncover the truth.

  • Open World
    Return to the beautiful Horizon Islands and discover their many hidden secrets. Travel by land, sea, or even air – and stay in one of the many shelters to save your progress. Populated by CSAT soldiers, Gendarmerie officers, Syndikat rebels, civilians, and IDAP aid workers, Tanoa draws you right into its long history of conflict and turmoil.

  • Sandbox Gameplay
    “Old Man” presents you with a varied set of objectives, but how you accomplish these is completely up to you. Get creative and make good use of Arma 3’s diverse selection of weapons and explosives. Just remember; all missions are a matter of life and death – so consider your tactics, prepare your loadout, and always have an exit strategy ready.

  • Experimental Design
    Our goal with this scenario is to provide freedom of choice and let real world logic apply to what you can (and cannot) do. At the same time, we have added a few convenience features to keep it fun, such as the option to wait and skip time, and the ability to fast travel between known safe houses. Additionally, you can choose to purchase all equipment directly on the black market – if you have enough money, of course. Lastly, Old Man's reputation system means that your actions can influence your relationship with Syndikat, which in turn determines their support for your cause.

  • Free Content
    This free bonus scenario for Arma 3 Apex offers more than 10 hours of game time. It also comes with a new static M2 .50 Caliber Machine Gun, and adds new assets for community content creators to use, such as a Tanoa CSAT reskin of the Zamak truck, a red beret, malaria-infected civilian characters, and various decals and inventory items. These extras are currently only available as part of this Workshop item but will be added to the Arma 3 base game for free in a future platform update.

How to play
Follow these steps to start the “Old Man” scenario:
  1. Subscribe to this Workshop item. Your Steam client will then download and install the required data.
  2. When the download is complete, you can start Arma 3 on Steam. This will first open the Arma 3 Launcher. Here, you visit the MODS tab, and load “Arma 3 Apex: Old Man (Beta)”. Then hit the PLAY button to launch the game.
  3. In the Arma 3 main menu, go to SINGLEPLAYER, choose SCENARIOS, select "Old Man" and click on PLAY.

Bohemia Incubator
The “Old Man” scenario is released as part of Bohemia Incubator, a label for experimental projects that are made available to the public. Visit for more information.

This scenario is currently in beta and is exclusively distributed via the Arma 3 Steam Workshop. If you experience any game issues, please report them to our Feedback Tracker[]. If you’d like to share other feedback, we kindly ask you to post it in this Workshop item's comment/discussion section or the dedicated Bohemia forums thread[].

This Workshop item is distributed under the Arma Public License Share Alike (APL-SA) license. For more information, go to

Frequently Asked Questions
When can I expect the official vanilla release of Old Man?
Whether or not the Old Man scenario will see an official vanilla release depends on the feedback on the (Workshop) beta version, as well as our internal resources and priorities. However, assuming everything goes according to plan, we wish to release the finished version of Old Man in 2020 via a free Arma 3 platform update.

Will there be updates of Old Man's beta on Steam Workshop?
Yes, we do plan to publish several updates with fixes and improvements. However, please be aware that savegame progress may be lost when we update. Find more information – including a way of backing up the actual version – in this forums post[].

Why is this scenario part of Bohemia Incubator?
Developing this scenario helps us gains experience in open world game design and define some of the core design principles for our future projects.

Is this scenario localized into all Arma 3 languages?
The beta of Arma 3 Apex: Old Man is only available in English, but we will support all Arma 3 languages in the near future. See Arma 3's product page on Steam for the list of supported Arma 3 languages.
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Captain right huevo Dec 8, 2021 @ 4:33pm 
im also getting the bug where im not getting called at 6:30
Jack Lexington Jun 14, 2021 @ 10:14am 
I need to know how to do this mode on another map. How can I make a scenario with this logic for economies, notoriety etc be copy pasted onto any map I want??
Bat Apr 20, 2021 @ 9:07am 
I'm a rookie Arma 3 player, i did play almost all the campaigns in any way now, but old man hits different, this is a masterpiece, it sucks that there's alot of technical limitations but honestly s/o to the whole dev team, i can't wait for another project like that if it ever happens.
Old man & Antistasi devs should work together to release more official content, i'm pretty sure it would be so good that it would give inspirations for server owners to create game modes like that.
Machine Gun Kelly Apr 18, 2021 @ 10:10am 
@CrusaderLite - In part, what the saves 'save' are things like what scripts are running, variables, pointers, and who knows what else. So if a mod changes ANY of those, the save will be 'no good'.

SOME mods (such as mine) CAN be updated with no issues to old saves. Most can not.

CrusaderLite Apr 17, 2021 @ 6:26pm 
To fix the saves problem, couldnt you do something like fixing the min/max version of the game in the save files? like how you do with mods?
Machine Gun Kelly Feb 28, 2021 @ 9:07am 
@aK - 99.9% of the time when ANY mission/mod/ARMA update is put out, old saves will NOT work. This is how the saves in ARMA works due to what is actually being saved. And it DOES make sense too.

To my knowledge, there is nothing that you can do to correct/fix this.

This has been a 'thing' in ARMA since A3 came out. I do not remember if it was an issue in the older ARMA's. Most likely it was.

So, sadly, there is nothing you can do but restart.

aK حیکر Feb 27, 2021 @ 11:43pm 
guys does the new update make all my saves useless?
Machine Gun Kelly Feb 24, 2021 @ 10:19am 
@andrewmmaclean - Glad it worked for ya! With ARMA (and I suspect some other games such as SkyRim), when having issues, backup 'things', then try it 'default'. This will usually address things.

I am glad you got it going though, I think you will enjoy it!

andrewmmaclean Feb 23, 2021 @ 3:31pm 
Thanks MGK. That was it. It had been a while since I had fired ARMA up, and had left the MERCS mod on. Things are progressing as they should now.
Machine Gun Kelly Feb 22, 2021 @ 2:12pm 
@andrewmmaclean - JUST guessing, you're using some mod(s). Try with NO mods loaded and if it still is not working, then I would suggest you verify your ARMA files. If you notice in the comments, there is no one else really complaining about this, which would indicate it is on your end.

I do use mods (most common ones) and I have no issues with this mod/mission at all.

Try with NO mods, then verify your ARMA files.

This is about the only thing I think any of us could offer you to assist with your problem(s).