ARMA2 PackageCombination

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ARMA2 PackageCombination

This page explains differences & combinations of various ARMA 2 distributions (both content and MP compatibility)

List of various ARMA 2 title distributions

  • ARMA 2: Free = A2:F - contains A2 Lite MP content, mission editor, compatible with any A2 MP mission
  • ARMA 2 = A2
  • ARMA 2: Operation Arrowhead = A2:OA - any distribution (contains Lite variants of A2:BAF + A2:PMC DLC)
  • ARMA 2: Combined Operations = A2:CO - DVD compilation of full(SP+MP) A2:OA, full(SP+MP) A2 (contains Lite variants of A2:BAF + A2:PMC DLCs)
  • ARMA 2: Combined Operations = A2:CO - user combination of full(SP+MP) A2:OA, full(SP+MP) A2) installs (contains Lite variants of A2:BAF and A2:PMC DLC)
  • ARMA 2: Reinforcements = A2: RFT - DVD compilation of (MP non-Lite) A2:OA, full(SP+MP) A2:BAF, full(SP+MP) A2:PMC
  • ARMA 2: British Armed Forces = A2:BAF - DLC for A2:OA with full(SP+MP) content
  • ARMA 2: Private Military Company = A2:PMC - DLC for A2:OA with full(SP+MP) content

Possible combinations for various ARMA 2 title distributions

  • A2:F = A2-LiteMP
  • A2 = A2-FullSP&MP
  • A2:OA = A2:OA-FullSP&MP
  • A2:OA+A2 = A2:CO, A2:OA-FullSP&MP, A2-FullSP&MP, A2:BAF-LiteMP, A2:PMC-LiteMP
  • A2:RFT+A2 = A2:CO, A2-FullSP&MP, OA-FullMP, A2:BAF-FullSP&MP, A2:PMC-FullSP&MP
  • A2:RFT+A2:OA = A2:OA, A2:OA-FullSP&MP, A2:BAF-FullSP&MP, A2:PMC-FullSP&MP
  • A2:RFT+A2:CO = A2:CO, A2-FullSP&MP, OA-FullSP&MP, BAF-FullSP&MP, PMC-FullSP&MP
Table with ARMA 2 distributions and theirs content
Distribution A2:F content A2 content A2:OA content A2:CO content A2:RFT content A2:BAF content A2:PMC content
A2:F MP Lite SP&MP full - - - - -
A2 MP Lite SP&MP full - - - - -
A2:OA - - SP&MP full - MP full MP Lite SP&MP Lite
A2:CO MP Lite SP&MP full SP&MP full SP&MP full MP full MP Lite SP&MP Lite
A2:RFT - - MP full - MP full SP&MP full SP&MP full
A2:BAF - - - - - SP&MP full -
A2:PMC - - - - - - SP&MP full
  • Notes:
 Any distribution could be combined like A2 retail with A2:OA STEAM etc. 
 DLCs on STEAM can be purchased only if Your account owns A2:OA on STEAM 

Multi-Player compatibility of various ARMA 2 title distributions

  • ARMA2free.exe binary is MP compatible only with A2:F and A2 games
  • ARMA2.exe binary is MP compatible only with A2 and A2:F game
  • ARMA2OA.exe binary is MP compatible with A2:OA and A2:RFT games
  • ARMA2RFT.exe binary is MP compatible with A2:OA and A2:RFT games
  • ARMA2OA.exe binary in A2:CO mode is compatible with A2:CO(A2:OA+A2 or A2:RFT+A2) and A2:OA games
  • ARMA2RFT.exe binary in A2:CO mode is MP compatible with A2:CO(A2:OA+A2 or A2:RFT+A2) and A2: OA games
Table of ARMA 2 distributions and theirs MP compatibility (default content)
Distribution A2:F host A2 host A2:OA host A2:CO host A2:RFT host A2:BAF host A2:PMC host
A2:F client Compatible Compatible - - - - -
A2 client Compatible Compatible - - - - -
A2:OA client - - Compatible - Compatible Compatible Compatible
A2:CO client - - Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible
A2:RFT client - - Compatible - Compatible Compatible Compatible
A2:BAF client - - Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible
A2:PMC client - - Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible
  • notes:
 A2:BAF & A2:PMC don't have standalone binary - they loaded by arma2oa.exe / arma2rft.exe binaries
 Dedicated servers must avoid using Full DLC content (Lite content in OA dataset is enough)
 BattlEye is unified across both A2 and OA engines (A2, OA, CO and RFT just use different installer filenames)


Content differences between ARMA 2: Free and other titles

Table of content differences between ARMA 2: Combined Operations vs ARMA 2 vs ARMA 2: Free
Content A2:CO A2 A2:F
Mil-Sim Ico ok.png Ico ok.png Ico ok.png
Multi-Player Ico ok.png Ico ok.png Ico ok.png
Dedicated server Ico ok.png Ico ok.png Ico ok.png
Mission Editing Ico ok.png Ico ok.png Ico ok.png
High Definition Graphics Ico ok.png Ico ok.png Ico none.png
User modifications Ico ok.png Ico ok.png Ico none.png
Story Driven Campaign [1] Ico ok.png Ico ok.png Ico none.png
A2:OA content Ico ok.png Ico none.png Ico none.png
A2:BAF & A2:PMC content Ico ok.png Ico none.png Ico none.png
Buy needed Ico ok.png Ico ok.png Ico none.png

Abbrevs

'SP'- SinglePlayer
'MP' - MultiPlayer
'Lite' - SinglePlayer content mostly removed, lowered quality of textures and sounds, MP compatible with Full
'Full' - Full version of game including both MP and SP content and maximal quality

Notes

  1. Custom Campaigns are considered addons thus don't work