It is an open source multiplayer first-person shooter. It uses the id Tech 3 engine source code (which is released under the GNU General Public License v2), and fills in the blank with all new media to make a playable game.

  • It's not a 'scavenge the internet for stuff' compilation project, the only things scavenged are some maps, which are OKAY because their source was released under the GPL.
  • Everything is strictly open source so they can be improved forever (and ever).
  • The additional "Missionpack" game types and weapons are merged into the base, so you get to lay the mines in overload maps.
  • There's more game types than the base game, like Domination, Last Man Standing, and what not. ("What not" does not refer to a gametype of that name - Ed)
  • Uses ioq3 for various feature additions, but it is not ioq3 dependent; it's also intended to be vanilla compatible. (The only thing that won't work is ogg music)
  • The art direction is different and not strictly 'gothic'. There's more of a eastern slant than the usual 'put skulls n' blood all over it's cool' you find in most games.
  • It's not next-gen, and computer compatibility range is wide enough to run on that dusty Pentium II in your attic.
  • There are bots, perfect for when you're stranded on an island.
  • There's also people playing it on the internet.
  • It is Free Software, so there's no guilt in downloading it and redistributing it.

OpenArena is licensed under the GNU GPL version 2 - data and engine. Anyone can contribute to it, if it complies with the GNU GPL.

WARNING: OpenArena contains Mature Content. I'm serious. If you don't like shooting the bloody guts and beating hearts out of voluptuous barely modest combatants then don't play it, or play without the mature pk3 file and use com_blood 0/cg_showGibs 0 (but be aware that pure servers may not agree with this).

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0.8.8 at desura

0.8.8 at desura

3 years ago News 4 comments Report

OA 0.8.8 finally arrived at desura and is distributed for Windows, Mac, Linux (32 / 64 bit)

OpenArena 0.8.8 released

OpenArena 0.8.8 released

3 years ago News 14 comments Report

Mostly map changes, bugfixes and an addition of a new character. No pussyfooting around here.

OpenArena Weekly Update #2

OpenArena Weekly Update #2

6 years ago News 6 comments Report

Our second weekly update ever. This edition covers: new menu color scheme, two FFA maps, and busty cats.

OpenArena Weekly Update #1

OpenArena Weekly Update #1

6 years ago News 9 comments Report

This is the very first in hopefully a series of weekly updates. This edition covers: New logo, specular lighting, and player models.

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OARemix III - Mod and Map Pack

OARemix III - Mod and Map Pack

1 year ago OARemix Full Version 2 comments

New version of OARemix. Now works as a real MOD, adding new maps to your Open Arena and a new single player campaign

OpenArena 0.8.8 (Full Version)

OpenArena 0.8.8 (Full Version)

3 years ago Full Version 7 comments

The full 0.8.8 version of OpenArena. Includes: OA ver. 0.8.1 + OA patch 0.8.5 + OA patch 0.8.8.

OpenArena 0.8.8 Patch ZIP archive

OpenArena 0.8.8 Patch ZIP archive

3 years ago Patch 1 comment

This is the unified zip release of OpenArena 0.8.8 patch. Requires the previous 0.8.5 and 0.8.1 version to play.



4 years ago OARemix Full Version 2 comments

OARemix is a Single Player MOD for Open Arena - Quake III Campaign with 32 new levels All OA enemies to frag

OpenArena 0.8.5 Patch

OpenArena 0.8.5 Patch

5 years ago Patch 8 comments

This is the ZIP archive for the OpenArena 085 patch.

OpenArena 0.8.1 ZIP archive

OpenArena 0.8.1 ZIP archive

7 years ago Full Version 21 comments

This is the Windows/Linux/Mac version of OpenArena 0.8.1 archived in the ZIP format.

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TheDebonairNomad Oct 31 2005 says:

the intro should be all the player models running in slow motion, and they are wearing little to nothing.

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deathmedic3rd Oct 30 2005 says:

wheres baywatch source!!! :o


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Pxtl Nov 3 2005 says:

I noticed you got as many comments for "Baywatch Source" as you did for "OpenArena" despite the Baywatch Source thing being recent and a complete gag.

Is this an odd statement about the patrons of this site?

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leilei Creator
leilei Nov 15 2005 says:


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Pxtl Sep 9 2005 says:

Quake 3 is by far the best game for this sort of project - Q3 is the GPL game with the best first-class support for it's mods (they're in the menu, get their own keybindings, etc.) and there is tons upon tons of incredible free content out there in the form of maps, weapons, and playermodels. Most of the work was done years ago, and I find that authors aren't overprotective of 4 year old content.

Really, if you can get 3rd-party-content put together and don't fall into the trap of Not Invented Here, then Open Arena could easily populat the roster of models, maps, and weapons quickly. All that would remain would be sounds, music, texturemaps, and smaller engine features.

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Bobfan Aug 29 2005 says:

Well, I like your project!
And I really really hope that it's successfull! :-)

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grabeskuehle Dec 2 2005 says:

I knew it already, but alpha2 is realy nice ;)

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Highest Rated (4 agree) 10/10

I love finally see OpenArena on Desura!

It's a great game, maybe the best shooter Q3 based.

Great job devs :)

Dec 12 2011 by waltercool

Lowest Rated (2 agree) 1/10

Uninteresting gameplay, markets itself as a "shooter for adults" and therefore tries to make it's sad attempt at becoming a better game by giving female characters as little areas covered by clothing sound less sad.

This game is a waste of your time.

Dec 12 2011 by TheLastProject

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