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Dwarden
06-09-11, 09:43 PM
Official announcement: http://forums.bistudio.com/showthread.php?t=120497
Website announcement: http://www.arma2.com/latest-news/arma2-free-announced_en.html
Forum: http://forums.bistudio.com/showthread.php?t=120498

Trailer:
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Bohemia Interactive, the award-winning independent game development studio,
is pleased to announce the Arma 2: Free - a free-to-play multiplayer version of critically acclaimed mil-sim, Arma 2.

Arma 2: Free redefines the free-to-play battlefield with its truly unrivalled scale and gameplay possibilities.
Arma 2: Free serves up almost everything offered by the original Arma 2 - the '13th best PC game of all time', according to PC Gamer
- minus the campaign, HD graphics and support for user-made addons and mods.
Arma 2: Free is scheduled for release in June 2011.

Create your own custom-built scenarios or deploy a massive selection of missions and game-modes made by others.
No micro-transactions, no hidden costs, just the same epic terrain and huge variety of equipment!
This is Arma 2: Free - virtual war without the training wheels.
Arma 2: Free to download, free to play, free to share, free to host, free to create... free to play redefined

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.

To learn more about the Arma 2: Free project please visit the product´s website at www.arma2.com/free

ARMA 2 package combinations explained: http://community.bistudio.com/wiki/ARMA2_PackageCombination

Fuku2
06-10-11, 08:38 PM
:mad:

supra
06-10-11, 09:14 PM
I only just bought it recently too. but Im pretty sure I bought it while it was on sale on steam so not too annoyed.

ViN86
06-10-11, 09:49 PM
I bet the peeps that just bought the steam deal of this game are HELLA pissed about this announcement.

The free version is not the same as the paid version. The paid version has single player and some people have mentioned they think the textures are better in the paid version in MP. I can't verify the different textures though.

StoNer
06-11-11, 09:22 AM
They're probably releasing this to build up a larger fan base for when Arma III comes out. Great idea really.

First run a sale on the original game a few times (I got the complete package on sale months ago) and then release a slightly watered down free version to scoop up all of the users who may have been on the fence about buying the game. All in all with this strategy they should definitely have more people eagerly awaiting Arma III.

Blade
06-11-11, 10:56 AM
they should definitely have more people eagerly awaiting Arma III.

Not if they're still using that same game engine, nasty.

Shame as the concept & most everything else is brilliant.

Dwarden
06-23-11, 06:41 PM
we released ARMA 2 Free today (ok yesterday my time)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Mgao249jNg&feature=player_embedded

http://www.bistudio.com/index.php/english/home/news/projects/236-arma-2-free-public-beta-launched

enjoy and have fun

as bonus to our 10th anniversary of our milsim game we released also ARMA: Cold War Assault

http://www.bistudio.com/index.php/english/home/news/projects/235-arma-cold-war-assault-announced

http://www.bistudio.com/index.php/english/games/arma-cwa

to please fans of original multi-million seller title

owners of original titles can use it as update to theirs game
http://forums.bistudio.com/showthread.php?t=121123

please note there is also Community Driven total conversion-modification named Cold War Rearmed 2
which is fully utilizing Operation Arrowhead engine, our approval and support (assets,help)
to bring Cold War into top notch visuals of actual game :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bdh_h-l9-l0

Dwarden
06-25-11, 05:09 PM
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compare video of FREE vs FULL version