Important Message for all IncGamers Readers!

From 26 May this site is no longer being updated. Why? Because we have a new home for PC gaming goodness.

The IncGamers team bas now moved to PCInvasion.com which is all shiny and new.

If you have an IncGamers.com site account it will be active on the new site. Head there now for our welcome post.

Note: All IncGamers content will remain live on this site but the main page will change shortly.

Bohemia retires Arma 2 Free, drops Arma 2 price by 75% as thanks

8 Apr 2014 by Tim McDonald
Bohemia retires Arma 2 Free, drops Arma 2 price by 75% as thanks
arma3_adapt_screenshot_06

Arma 3 soldiers plan their final push onto Free’s stronghold.

Bohemia has announced that Arma 2 Free will be retiring from duty on 22 April. As thanks to everyone who supported it during its militaristic reign on the free-to-play battlefields, though, the entire Arma 2 series is 75% off on the Bohemia Store for the next week.

Arma 2 Free was basically what it sounded like, offering Arma 2 to absolutely anyone who wanted it. Except without the campaign. Or shiny graphics. Or mod support. Nonetheless, you could still create your own custom maps and play alone or with friends, and you could even play on the general Arma 2 servers as long as they weren’t running content that required mods, add-ons, or expansions! And now it’s dead.

However, Arma 2 and its expansions are going to be 75% off on the Bohemia Store from now until 4 May, and all purchases there come with Steam keys. This means you can grab the Arma 2 Complete Collection for €7.50 (about £6.20, or $10.35), or pick up Combined Operations for €5.00, or just grab the basic Arma 2 for €2.50. Upchoo.

Bohemia haven’t offered any explanation as to why they’re closing Arma 2 Free down, but I’m going to guess it’s probably a mix of things, ranging from “Arma 3 is out” through to “We’d like to free up anyone we had supporting it to work on other stuff.” Considering it was up for a few years and that €2.50 will basically net you everything that was in Arma 2 Free along with a bunch of additional stuff, though, it seems a bit churlish to complain too much about this closure.

Update: Or it’s because I’m stupid and forgot that Arma 2 Free ran on the Gamespy servers, which are being closed down, while Arma 2 is transitioning to Steam. Whoops.

Related to this story
Register an IncGamers account to post comments or use Disqus.
You can also post via a social network.