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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OpenArena Community Mappack Volume 1 v3 Re-Release

OpenArena Community Mappack Volume 1 v3 Re-Release

Jan 19, 2014 Multiplayer Map 1 comment

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.

Legocurse revision 1.2 CC BY SA

Legocurse revision 1.2 CC BY SA

Mar 11, 2013 Multiplayer Map 0 comments

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

Legodeck revision 2 CC BY SA

Legodeck revision 2 CC BY SA

Mar 11, 2013 Multiplayer Map 0 comments

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

Legocurse revision 1.2 gplv2

Legocurse revision 1.2 gplv2

Feb 16, 2013 Multiplayer Map 0 comments

This map is based on dm-curse for UT. I made this years ago and now I'm releasing an updated version under GPLv2.

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gabsd84 Nov 26 2011, 7:01am says:

I would like to see the Linux version on here as well.

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Neon_Knight Dec 4 2011, 4:32pm replied:

AFAIK all versions (Win/Lin/Mac) come in the same file.

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Techna Oct 10 2011, 7:01pm says:

The Linux version needs to be put up here :/

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Neon_Knight Dec 4 2011, 4:43pm replied:

Same as above. :P

The package includes the Linux version alongside the Windows version and the Mac version.

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RangerC Mar 8 2011, 11:52am says:

Aww beautiful game

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General_Dingo Jan 23 2011, 3:29am says:

This thing hasn't ceased developement has it?

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Neon_Knight Jan 27 2011, 8:23pm replied:

Nope. We are still doing stuff for the game, the problem we're facing is that we're very few, and have to be ***-slapped for a bitch called "Real Life". I guess you know who she is.

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jirkagersl Dec 23 2010, 4:04am says:

i have two release openarena one release

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Neon_Knight Dec 23 2010, 11:02pm replied:

The only one needed by now is 0.8.5, or 0.8.1 + 0.8.5 patch, if you prefer.

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Neon_Knight Nov 25 2010, 10:28pm replied:

The models for Ayumi, Arachna and Angelyss changed, so the skins were broken. Maybe they'll go back at some point.

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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, 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

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