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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evilfishy Feb 23 2012 says:

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

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FiredFox3 Feb 21 2012 says:

Great game!
I play 2 years))

Bug Detection: shotgun shells bug: black squares, at a certain angle of gaze

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FiredFox3 Feb 21 2012 replied:

And by the way.
What's that noise there ? Why do they say about iOq3-eng. ? Something wrong happened ? why these people are not happy with something ?

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leilei Creator
leilei Feb 3 2012 says:

OA was originally built for the original source release and it still has assets that respect the original limits. We're still using TGA/JPG/PCX, WAV, and MD3. It doesn't require Ioq3, and it could just as easily ship with its own modified idTech 3 without a relation to ioq3.

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the-brain Feb 3 2012 replied:

You fail to reply to my comment again, is that "reply to comment" button so difficult to click? I guess this is due the "laggy SDL mouse input" as well? :P

The current and past OA builds do not work with id Tech 3. I've already told you that you've messed this up yourself by using the ioquake3 improved QVM format. The only way to get this working with "id Tech 3" would be applying the required ioquake3 code changes to the id code base, which apparently becomes related to ioquake3 by this.

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leilei Creator
leilei Feb 3 2012 says:

Calling id tech 3 a continuation of id tech 2 is incorrect.

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leilei Creator
leilei Feb 3 2012 says:

This is a content project

The content is made for id tech 3

The only thing relying on anything new ioq3 brought is the vorbis encoded music

The longer name of ioq3 strays too much on trademark violation to our liking especially since this game has the gameplay of the other

End of story

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the-brain Feb 3 2012 replied:

That's ********.

First; you've failed to actually reply to my comment. Second; OpenArena content does not work with id Quake 3 1.32c (aka _the id Tech 3 engine build). You propably never tried, but there's several things you've messed up. Q3 expects a proper productid.txt, which has been changed in OA so you get the "Invalid product identification" error. Even if you fix that by overriding OA's productid.txt with the Q3 one, loading the OA content still fails, since OA uses ioquake3's improved QVM format, thus "vm/ui.qvm has bad header" etc. This is documented in "Creating mods compatible with Q3 1.32b" in ioquake3/README.

Now go and tell me once more that OA is "id Tech 3" and not a custom "ioquake3".

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the-brain Jan 20 2012 says:

Why's this listed under "id Tech 3" while it's actually using ioquake3?

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GoQuake Jan 26 2012 replied:

And what do you think ioquake3 (ioq3) is? It's the id Tech 3 engine cleaned up, tweaked, and some welcome improvements made. In terms of changes to the lines of code, the overwhelming majority of id's code is still intact.

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the-brain Jan 26 2012 replied:

Oh wow Cpt.Obv. Just so you know, Desura/IndieDB/ModDB has separate entries for both engines. If you insist on being stubborn, why not list OpenArena as "id Tech 2" as it shares its codebase with #3? Or don't create an entry for OpenArena at all, since it's mostly id's code?..

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GoQuake Jan 27 2012 replied:

ioq3 is a GPL version of the id Tech3 engine and no amount of tweaking will change that. Whether you say ioq3 or id Tech 3 the differentiation is so slight as to be irrelevant. It is what it is and none of the Devs or veterans of OA see an issue.

It bothers us more that casual visitors look at the Platform Field and come away with the incorrect assumption that OA only supports Windows and Linux, when in fact, it also supports Mac OS X and FreeBSD.

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the-brain Jan 28 2012 replied:

Well, there's your first difference, ioq3 supports more platforms than idq3. Iirc idq3 never natively supported *BSD, so that's another reason to list OA as ioq3. Besides ioq3 actually can be run on handhelds, smart phones or other mobile devices.
idq3 also has PunkBuster, which ioq3 obviously does not. ioq3 has off-site downloads via libcurl. It supports .png, .iqm and .ogg as well as .mp3, which idq3 does not. It has 3d rendering. It's IPv6 capable. The OA fork has added bloom and other forks include nice effects using FBO, which idq3 does not.

I could go on and list other slight differences, but it seems like you would deem them irrelevant anyways.

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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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