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).

Image RSS Feed Latest Screens
Overload gametype Screenshot Screenshot
Blog RSS Feed Report abuse Latest News: Freedom Friday - Sep 6

4 comments by Henley on Sep 6th, 2013

What better way to end a stressful working week than with a fistful of freedom! This week we have three fresh faces for everyone to enjoy along with an old favorite!

OpenArena is a community-produced deathmatch first person shooter with a slew of game modes and a small arsenal of weapons - all the better to shoot with! Expect this shortcut to stay on your desktop for the foreseeable future! If gibbing is not your cup of tea why not give One Night 4 a go? ON4 is the long awaited sequel in the award winning horror series. It is the ultimate test of skill for fans of classic survival horror.

Up next on the freedom fun wheel is ONE DAY for Ched, a free hardcore corridor shooter. Blast your way through hordes of baddies slinging one liners and kicking some rear-end! Finally why not give Boson X -a new rotational runner - a spin?
Quantum jump from plank to plank as you hit critical velocity! How far can you go?

Come back next week as we roll out another foursome of freebies for the freedom admiring gamer!

Downloads RSS Feed Latest Downloads
OpenArena Community Mappack Volume 1 v3 Re-Release

OpenArena Community Mappack Volume 1 v3 Re-Release

Jan 19, 2014 Multiplayer Map 2 comments

The OpenArena Community Mappack (also called OACMP) is a mappack containing GPL'd maps made by the community itself. The idea is to give GPL servers something...

OpenArena Old Versions Mappack

OpenArena Old Versions Mappack

Jul 22, 2013 Multiplayer Map 0 comments

This mappack is composed of older versions of current OpenArena maps. It also includes unfinished maps whose bugs have been fixed.



Mar 11, 2013 Multiplayer Map 0 comments

This is a copy of sRGB map but under CC BY SA license.

sRGB Color wheel

sRGB Color wheel

Jan 29, 2013 Multiplayer Map 0 comments

This map is the RGB color wheel, literally. 3 weapons and 3 levels.

OpenArena 0.8.8 (Full Version)

OpenArena 0.8.8 (Full Version)

Feb 18, 2012 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

Feb 14, 2012 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.

Post comment Comments  (30 - 40 of 276)
noChance79 Apr 22 2012, 4:37am says:

After fixing some issues with my router my server is online now:

!!!!! Join {Desura}OA_Celebrations !!!!!
..... and have fun .....

Maprotation is:
am_lavaarena | ffa
mlctf1beta | ctf
oa_shine | lms
ps37ctf2 | overload
pxlfan | ffa
pul1ctf | Double Domination
am_thornish | Harvester
mlca1 | elimination
ctf_compromise | one flag capture
am_underworks2 | TDM
oa_sago2 | ctf
oa_reptctf11 | elimination

Server will be online until tomorrow morning :-D

+4 votes     reply to comment
noChance79 Apr 23 2012, 4:56pm replied:

Well, my PC is going asleep now a little bit - say: my server is offline again. I myself connected from time to time but only once got a short round against another human player - who of course pawned me at once :-P
To cut a long story short - we definetly need more OA-Players around here. Maybe we could arrange something like WoPs "Padday" using the comments or maybe even doodle or something similar to arrange a certain date (and time) when to meet and frag each other online ...

+2 votes     reply to comment
rad30n Apr 15 2012, 3:27pm says:

Wohoo, seems like the new version is finally on desura, big thanks to those involved!

+4 votes     reply to comment
noChance79 Apr 16 2012, 4:20am replied:

Yes, it took quite a while - next time a new version is released, we'll make sure, it arrives a little earlier ;-)

How about celebrating this (re)release by setting up some dedicated servers at the weekend? We could perhaps name them "{desura}whatever_you_like", so people know they are joining other desura players ...

What do you think?

0 votes     reply to comment
TwinBeast Feb 25 2012, 12:58am says:

Are there any Sorlags or equivalent in this?

+2 votes     reply to comment
leilei Creator
leilei Feb 26 2012, 10:15pm replied:


Sorlag is an 'alien lizardy' archetype, Liz is just a basic anthropomorphic lizard.

OA3 could turn it to a dragon or something. maybe.

+1 vote   reply to comment
hamishwilson Feb 24 2012, 1:45pm says:

Is the new version on Desura yet? I have not been notified of any updates.

+4 votes     reply to comment
leilei Creator
leilei Feb 24 2012, 6:59pm replied:

Someone else will need to take on Desura maintenance. I don't have the time or resources to do so myself.

+4 votes   reply to comment
noChance79 Mar 10 2012, 4:24pm replied:

What exactly has to be done to get the new version distributed over Desura? I'm no Gamedeveloper, so i can't really figure out, how much time i would have to spend on maintenance ...

+2 votes     reply to comment
evilfishy Feb 23 2012, 5:51am says:

This game looks a lot like unral tournament 2004... maybe better character models

+3 votes     reply to comment
Post a Comment
click to sign in

You are not logged in, your comment will be anonymous unless you join the community today (totally free - or sign in with your social account on the right) which we encourage all contributors to do.

2000 characters limit; HTML formatting and smileys are not supported - text only

Windows, Mac, Linux
id Tech 3
Send Message
Official Page
Release Date
Released Aug 19, 2005
Game Watch
Track this game
Community Rating



419 votes submitted.

You Say


Ratings closed.

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, 7:52pm 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, 9:53am by TheLastProject

First Person Shooter
Embed Buttons

Promote OpenArena on your homepage or blog by selecting a button and using the embed code provided (more).

OpenArena OpenArena
1,020 of 28,339
Last Update
1 year ago
625 members