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Bohemia Interactive launches free-to-play version of Arma 2

Thursday, 23rd June 2011 15:16 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Bohemia Interactive has announced the launch of Arma 2: Free, which is a free-to-play version of its military simulation title Arma 2.

Arma 2: Free includes almost everything offered by the original Arma 2 minus the campaign, HD graphics and support for user-made addons and mods. You can get in on the public beta here.

The game will allow players to create their own “custom-built scenarios or deploy a massive selection of missions and game-modes made by others.”

No micro-transactions, no hidden costs, just virtual war without the training wheels.

Some of the key features of Arma 2: Free include:

  • Free military simulation – An authentic battlefield simulation, including bullet ballistics, material penetration and much more.
  • Free armory – A comprehensive range of 300+ weapons, units and fully-usable armed or unarmed vehicles across air, land and water classes.
  • Free unique multiplayer – Multiplayer with large-scale maps for 50+ live players and hundreds of AI units. Supports a wide variety of MP modes from co-op and PvP modes, to total mayhem!
  • Free dedicated servers – Both Linux and Windows OS dedicated server support for users to host freely wherever and however they like even to play together on the same retail game-servers.
  • Free creativity – Quick mission templates, a powerful, built-in, easy to use SP/MP mission editor, and advanced scripting.

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. It also adds and update to version 1.10 to be compatible with Arma 2 Free by uniting both Arma 2 and Arma 2: Free to version 1.10.

Get more information through the beta link above.

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  1. minxamo

    No HD graphics?
    does that mean it will look like crap, or will literally run sub-HD?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. DSB

    It means they’ve scaled it down for the free audience, like they’ve done with their pointless DLC. It’s open to everyone, but you don’t get the highest quality unless you pay for it.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. NoxNoctisUmbra

    @1
    LOL another dude that cares about Graphics then gameplay… typical..

    Its how it plays not how it looks. From the video it looks good enough.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. jacobvandy

    @1 It’s probably a limitation on how high you can set the graphics options. ARMA 2 is up there among the better-looking games on PC, so they want to keep that as an incentive to buy it. I doubt they’ve limited the resolution, though.

    #4 3 years ago