In 2009 the fictional post-soviet country of Chernarus is ravaged by civil war. For two crippling years, conflict has raged... Players explore this volatile world with Force Recon Razor Team, part of a US Marine Corps Expeditionary Unit. The 27th MEU are deployed to Northern Chernarus on a peacekeeping mission with a mandate to prevent further civilian casualties and promote political stability. ARMA 2 is based on the latest generation technology. It offers a uniquely vast game world, authentic and extremely detailed modern units, weapons, vehicles and environments. The branching, player-driven campaign can be played solo, or cooperatively and is accompanied by a huge range of single and multiplayer game modes. ARMA 2 is a hardcore military simulator that allows the player to carry out the many different roles of a soldier in combat zones. Its campaign takes place in the 225 square-kilometre fictional ex-soviet state of Chernarus where a bloody conflict is taking place.

Post news Report content RSS feed ARMA 2 Free2Play released

So if you have not had the opportunity to play ARMA 2 - a massive scale, realistic FPS, we've got the F2P version available right now via Desura.

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The good folks at Bohemia, announced the F2P release of ARMA2 at E3 this year and we've been working with them ever since to get one of our favorites up on Desura. With truly unrivaled scale and gameplay possibilities. Arma 2: Free serves up almost everything offered by the original Arma 2 - and is the '13th best PC game of all time', according to North American PC Gamer.


The free version is no different from the original (which retails for 19.99), just minus the campaign, HD graphics and support for user-made addons and mods. While the mods are a big miss (as they have a huge collection here on ModDB), you can always upgrade down the road. Here is the official release:

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Bohemia wrote: Create your own custom-built scenarios or deploy a massive selection of missions and game-modes made by others. No micro-transactions, no hidden costs, just the same epic terrain and huge variety of equipment! This is Arma 2 Free - virtual war without the training wheels. Arma 2: Free to download, free to play, free to share, free to host, free to create... free to play redefined!

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Arma 2: Free is fully compatible with user-made missions, campaigns and multiplayer modes originally created for Arma 2, as well as being multiplayer compatible with the full Arma 2 providing no user-made addons or mods are used.


And with Arma 3 on the horizon, it's time to sharpen your skills and cut your teeth in the Arma battlefield. To jump into the action this weekend, just click the link above and Desura will take care of the rest.

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cW#Ravenblood

Cool :D
Just download soon!

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cW#Ravenblood

Edit: When I launch it it says: Bad Serial Key given in Setup.

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MarinesRule
MarinesRule

me too, this sucks

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INtense! Author
INtense!

you need to run the "activation" link. So click the "Activate F2P" link before clicking "Play F2P".

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cW#Ravenblood

Worked, thanks.

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gerrit1919
gerrit1919

i did this, it brings me to a site, i download 1 off those mirrors, it gives me 1 read me and 1.exe. then when i want to try run .exe it just brings me again to the sam site

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INtense! Author
INtense!

you need to click the login link on the left. You don't need to re-download the game.

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L3d
L3d

jay !
i need another hd ,WTH!! im gona buy the game anyway ..
this mod support is really needed since infiltraton is going to be ported over i gues xD

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SPY-maps
SPY-maps

WOW!
ARMA 2 for free!!!

this is worth a try for sure!!

leon

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Auxor
Auxor

No mods, therefore no point.

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macacos2
macacos2

Well, you could just, you know, play a large part of the game for free.
Then purchase Arma 2/Operation Arrowhead it if you really want the mods, plus and the singleplayer campaign.

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leathery
leathery

no its not that there is no mods, which you can't play on the free version. there are many campaigns and missions using vanilla content. the problem with the free version is crappy low res graphics. your better off buying Arma 2 CO its only about 25$, 15$ if you buy on sprocket.

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flippedoutkyrii
flippedoutkyrii

This weekend doesn't look so gloomy after all :D

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Cybio
Cybio

Absolutely amazing :)

Great work ;)

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GossamerSolid
GossamerSolid

Guys give this a try. If you really like the F2P version, ArmA 2 Combined Operations (ArmA 2 + Operation Arrowhead) is on sale at Sprocket (the official store of the devs):

Sprocketidea.com

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sbman
sbman

(buried)

SO you get a game with nothing to do?
No campaign
No custom content
No Graphics

Whats the point then, waling around a empty field?

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Maxen1416
Maxen1416

Gameplay is the point.

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aidas2
aidas2

You get everything you get with the full version, except no modding and no campaign. There are scenarios and you can create your own one and play them online with other people.

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Dwarden Creator
Skystalker97
Skystalker97

Notice, they said HD graphics will not be in the F2P one, NOT graphics as in the whole game.

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Dwarden Creator
Dwarden

it's just texture quality difference

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DarkRaidor
DarkRaidor

this has been out for a while...

the free verson is awesome it includes multiplayer, a map editor, and more.

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Dwarden Creator
Dwarden

true, but now it's available on Desura :)

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Sanguinius
Sanguinius

This is too good to be true. Such an awesome game for free ??? Hmmm i must try this ^^

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Pennypacker
Pennypacker

Haha, what the hell!

I just bought Arma 2 yesterday! :P

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GossamerSolid
GossamerSolid

Right, the bought game is higher quality than the free 2 play one. You get campaigns, mod support and high quality textures/models/graphics/etc.

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ComradeWinston
ComradeWinston

Holy **** I never thought this would be Free2Play. Im downloading this ASAP!

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Matt_Bak3r
Matt_Bak3r

yaarrr f2p.

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tomaspesce
tomaspesce

What???... i woke up and i saw this what is happening!!!! pretty awesome!

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YamahaAlex37
YamahaAlex37

No wonder Greenmangaming was giving this away for free... horrible game imo.

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Renegade2
Renegade2

you probably just suck at it

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Computica
Computica

You haven't given the game a chance. Without the ability to play the campaign your missing out on just one major aspect of the game.

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YamahaAlex37
YamahaAlex37

I had the full game. Greenmangaming gave it out for free. Your right I didn't really give it a fair chance but I couldn't stand to keep playing :/

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Sergiovi
Sergiovi

I haven´t heard of this game before, now, I have a question: just because it´s free, it can´t be played on multiplayer mode or can it be?

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RedD*
RedD*

Are people who own the retail version able to play online with the people who own the free version? I want to play when there is actually a lot of poeple playing online.

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pvt.Johnson
pvt.Johnson

Thats what it says above.

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RedD*
RedD*

Where does it say that? I don't see it.

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GossamerSolid
GossamerSolid

It's not a horrible game, it just might not be to your likings because it's a little hardcore.

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jangsy5
jangsy5

So true. Played the campaign and I keep crashing the helicopter. This game is one of those that you have to learn a whole lot of stuff before you can actually enjoy.

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Computica
Computica

Even though there is a lot to learn the game is really fun.

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jangsy5
jangsy5

It might sound stupid but I bought the game a year ago. Am I able to play on those free servers? I really want to play again with some people since last time I played on multi there was only 12 people on everyday...

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elite879
elite879

It says on the article that you can play with people that actually bought the game as well as the F2Players.
As for the lack of people, there's hundreds of servers on in the evening (American time zones (I have to play at 2AM in the morning!)) and even if it's not peak time a lot of the servers are highly populated.

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Cpt.Dann
Cpt.Dann

Everyone keeps saying this has minimal requirements yet it makes my computer lag like some **** on it. And it's a good computer!

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FishMan:E
FishMan:E

Damn! Can't play multiplayer O_o WHY?! o_O It just throw me from server with no errors o_O

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Anddos
Anddos

every server i try connect to i get disconnected or something , does the free version require the ace mods or something?

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GossamerSolid
GossamerSolid

There is always a reason for getting disconnected.

Go to C:\Users\*WINDOWS USERNAME*\AppData\Local\ArmA2Free\arma2free.rpt (open that will notepad).

I bet it'll say why you were disconnected in there. Either that or an admin kicked you, but you'd know about that.

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FishMan:E
FishMan:E

Can't see any explanations =\

Exept maybe this one "Item str_disp_server_control listed twice"? But what does it means? O_o

Whole log:
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Version 1.10.80665
Item str_disp_server_control listed twice

Warning: looped for animation: ca\wheeled\data\anim\uaz_cargo01_v0.rtm differs (looped now 0)! MoveName: kia_uaz_cargo02
Warning: looped for animation: ca\wheeled\data\anim\uaz_cargo01_v0.rtm differs (looped now 1)! MoveName: uaz_cargo02
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FishMan:E
FishMan:E

Ok, solved the problem. The "BattleEye" (Anticheat? O_o) was not installed. It can be found in "..\ARMA 2\BEsetup" folder, just simply install it and it must solve the problem with disconnections...

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EpicLord9
EpicLord9

When I used Desura it started installing, then Desura crashed halfway through I hit uninstall but it kept installing then I hit it again and now I apparently pre-ordered Arma 2.

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WateryHell
WateryHell

This happened to me too, just minus the uninstall part.

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