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Bohemia to re-release Operation Flashpoint as Arma: Cold War Assault

Friday, 24th June 2011 09:52 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Bohemia Interactive’s announced it’ll re-release the original Operation Flashpoint under the Arma brand.

Subtitled Cold War Assault, the re-release comes after the original release from publisher Codemasters was “discontinued.” It’ll also come with the Resistance expansion.

“All existing users of Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis and the Game of the Year Edition are entitled to download and install Arma: Cold War Assault at no charge,” reads the news on Bohemia’s website.

The game will be released through “various online stores in the near future.”

“After all these years of continuous support and improvements we are delighted to be able to unite our lineup of military simulators for PC under the Arma brand,” said Bohemia CEO, Marek Spanel.

“This step will not only avoid potential confusion amongst users and the wider gaming public, but it will also preserve what is now a classic PC game for years to come as it could no longer be available under its original name.”

Codemasters has since released two further Operation Flashpoint titles – Dragon Rising and Red River – without the involvement of Bohemia, who have worked on Arma.

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  1. alterecho

    Arma feels like a natural successor to the original operation flashpoint than Dragon Rising. Not that Dragon Rising is not a good game or anything.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    Finally. These original developers deserve this.

    Operation Flashpoint is no more then Codemasters shadow. Original developers still make fantastic ARMA games.

    and i can’t wait for ARMA 3.

    PS: I think after ARMA 3 they should make a remake of the original game with the latest engine. Now that could be badass.
    I finished campaign of Operation Flashpoint:CWC 3 times and it’s my favourite campaign about modern military (it’s more about cold war actually)

    #2 3 years ago
  3. DSB

    Operation Flashpoint was great, it’s a shame they haven’t managed to improve much since then.

    @1 That’s because it’s the same game with a graphical enhancement. The lead designer even said they weren’t even trying.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Hunam

    @3 He was talking about ArmA 1 with that, ArmA 2 was heading towards what they wanted to do in the first place.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. SplatteredHouse

    OFP:CWC is/was awesome! I didn’t play any of the predecessors/sequels (didn’t have a powerful enough rig, and was also wary of whether the feel would still be retained in the newer games), but I loved that you felt like the roles the game asked you to play. It had an enviable atmosphere and tone, impressive scale and content, quality, and it was just huge fun to play, too.

    How does Arma compare? What’s the focus, and is it still fun – does the simulation aspect encroach upon or enhance the gameplay? :)

    #5 3 years ago
  6. DSB

    @4 That tells you something about the developer though. I think it’s outrageous that they’re still calling it a simulation when it’s nothing of the sort.

    The biggest problem with Flashpoint was the AI, the biggest problem with ArmA was the AI and lack of engineering, and the biggest problem with ArmA 2 was the AI and lack of engineering, and yet you have a company that’s focused on physics and graphics.

    It’s just not working. Focusing on graphics and keeping up a certain number of releases doesn’t do anything for the game, I’d say it badly damages the modding community, that made it what it is. Compared to the OFP days, most of those guys are gone, and the rest are absolutely scrambling to get their mods out in time.

    @5 It’s roughly the same. The modding community is smaller, the multiplayer community is far bigger, and the campaigns generally don’t work.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    “I’d say it badly damages the modding community. ”

    Modding community is 6-7 times more then in OFP days. Engine is absolutely solid after 2 patches.
    With latest addons you can create what you want.

    @5, “How does Arma compare?”

    Arma? especially Arma 2 is a huge improvement overall. It’s impressive in scale and they have fantastic engine. Their focus now on multiplayer and game editor and mod tools.
    Campaign is solid especially with the last addon.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. DSB

    @7 Yeah, no. Apparently you weren’t around back then. The only mod groups to survive from back then are FDF, RHS and CSLA, and fragments of a few others. The great ones like BAS, CoC, OFP:F and guys like Laser are long gone. Even Vilas has retired by the looks of it.

    There’s a reason why most of the addons around today are either imports or reskins. Most of the talent is gone.

    #8 3 years ago