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Buying Arma 3

Arma 3 is a Steam platform exclusive game and can be bought on the Arma 3 Steam page.

Editions

Arma 3 has some Editions and bundles to purchase. Bundles are always cheaper than purchasing products separately.

Edition Details
Content Arma 3 Apex Edition Contact Edition Ultimate Edition
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Marksmen Checkbox Checkbox Checkbox Checkbox
Apex Checkbox Checkbox Checkbox Checkbox
Laws of War Checkbox Checkbox Checkbox Checkbox
Jets Checkbox Checkbox Checkbox Checkbox
Tac-Ops Checkbox Checkbox Checkbox Checkbox
Tanks Checkbox Checkbox Checkbox Checkbox
Contact Checkbox Checkbox Checkbox Checkbox

Buying DLCs

You may wonder if you need to buy DLCs. You do not need anything to enjoy playing Arma 3 (but the base game), but depending on which experience you are after the common recommendations change:

  • For a Singleplayer experience, the base campaign, Arma 3 Laws of War and in an other style Arma 3 Contact singleplayer campaigns are considered among the best singleplayer moments. If you can afford it too, see also the Arma 3 Tac-Ops Mission Pack for a combat experience from multiple points of view.
  • For a Multiplayer experience, it is recommended to at least own Arma 3 Apex to be able to play with its assets and have access to the Tanoa terrain. The cooperation campaign is good to play through too.
  • Every asset such as weapons and vehicles provided by Bohemia Interactive are free to test in Arsenal (LEARN > VIRTUAL ARSENAL). If you wonder if the DLC is worth your money, it is possible to try it for free.
  • You can purchase Arma 3 DLC Essentials (Steam page) to collect the entire DLC sets (except the Expansions, Arma 3 Apex and Arma 3 Contact).

Informative Important


Starting with the game

You bought the game, downloaded it, installed it, configured it via the launcher, started it: now what?
If you are not familiar with the armaSeries series, a usual recommendation is to access the main menu and select Tutorial, you can find choices such as:


then…

Playing in Single Player

In-game training

  • Play the VR Training missions to understand the principles
  • Play the Showcases to apply these principles in real action
  • Play the Bootcamp campaign
  • Practice weapons and vehicles in the Virtual Arsenal
  • Discover the available Terrains in Eden Editor

Fighting


Playing in Multiplayer

Informative

  • If you own Arma 3 Apex, play its Multiplayer campaign "Apex Protocol" with experienced friends
  • Hours of practice will help you:
    • Find the kind of game you like, among the various Multiplayer game types
    • Getting different experiences no training can bring (situational awareness, reflexes, specific cases)
  • If possible, try to play on multiple servers with friends or an Arma 3 Unit!


Steam Workshop 101

Arma 3 does support Steam Workshop. You can find mods (a.k.a addons) that add some assets, features and experiences that don't exist in vanilla (addon-free) Arma 3, or user-made scenarios providing another game experience.

To add and install Workshop items, follow these steps:

Download and play a Scenario

  1. Open the Arma 3 Steam Workshop and select the Scenario tag.
  2. Find a scenario you like.
  3. Click subscribe on Steam SubscribeButton.png to subscribe to a scenario. It will automatically download when the game is started.
  4. Open the game and navigate to SINGLEPLAYER > SCENARIOS.
  5. The subscribed mission will be downloaded and found under the Steam Subscribed Content.

Download and activate a Mod

  1. Open the Arma 3 Steam Workshop and select the Mod tag.
  2. Find a mod you like.
  3. Click subscribe on Steam SubscribeButton.png to subscribe to a mod.
  4. Start Arma 3 from your Steam Library, that will open Arma 3 Launcher.
  5. Subscribed mods will be downloaded automatically.
  6. Click the MODS tab.
  7. Downloaded mods are automatically loaded. If you need to unload a mod, click the checkbox.
  8. Press PLAY to launch Arma 3 with selected mods.

Informative


Finding players, communities and help

Official communication channels

Common game modes servers

More links