Arma 2: British Armed Forces

By Jim Rossignol on August 20th, 2010 at 9:29 am.


Following the release of Operation Arrowhead BIS have continued to add to their Arma II line-up, and the British Armed Forces pack is next in the pipeline, as DLC for Operation Arrowhead. You will be unsurprised to learn that it features a range of units that appear in real British military, including soldiers, weapons, and vehicles, which will be available to play in multiplayer battles. Trailer below, natch.

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  1. robrob says:

    Paid for DLC? Urk. This is not so good news for the mod community.

    • Dozer says:

      the alternative being, free stuff on a CD?

    • BAReFOOt says:

      False dichotomy, my friend. There’s always software which adheres to physical reality of software not being a product or physical object: Free DLC.

      And now for something completely different:
      I want a “Arma 2: Colonial Times”, where you can be British, explore and conquer the world. Including all evil things done back then. That would be something special. Today’s forces are just boring.

  2. HidesHisEyes says:

    Have they caught up with Project Reality yet?

    • Nick says:

      in that they made the game fun and realistic instead of slowly removing the fun part like PR?

    • BAReFOOt says:

      Do you know how you call a game without the fun part?
      A simulation! ;)

  3. Nallen says:

    needs moar Chally II

  4. ChaK_ says:

    Way to split a MP communauty

    Which frankly doesn’t need to be splitted

    • Alexander Norris says:

      To be entirely fair: a lot of servers have already started requiring ArmAII and OA to let you in, because they use content from both. At this point, if you don’t own OA, the chances of you getting a game of ArmAII are basically non-existent. I don’t really see how this DLC is going to split up the community that much more, since it’s already split up.

    • Hallgrim says:

      @ Alexander Norris:

      Wait… there is no community splitting going on because “if you don’t own OA, the chances of you getting a game of ArmAII are basically nonexistent”? So its not ‘split’, because if you don’t buy everything they release you just can’t play online?

    • Alexander Norris says:

      @Hallgrim – every ArmAII community I know now requires you to have both OA and ArmAII installed because they use content from both. So yes, there is a split.

    • Pod says:

      homogeneity is the exact opposite of a split.

  5. Andy says:

    Ten million points for “squeaky bum time”

  6. Alexander Norris says:

    Does this mean we’ll be getting news of who won the OA contest this very day?

  7. Bostec says:

    “You will be unsurprised to learn that it features a range of units that appear in real British military, including soldiers, weapons, and vehicles”

    Weapons and vehicles? They will work right? and we will get them? in the game too I hope.

    • Moni says:

      There appears to be helicopters in the trailer. Clearly Bohemia Interactive haven’t been reading the papers.

    • Bloodloss says:

      This trailer pretty much shows the entirety of the British military after the upcoming Strategic Defence Review. Clearly an already over-stretched, under-equipped army needs their armour cut by 40%, helicopters by 20%, and God knows what else.

    • Wednesday says:

      You know, we spend more on our Millitary than China does, than Russia does, than any other European nation does?

    • JB says:

      That’s probably down to our VAT, eh? ;)

    • Malcolm says:

      Shame most of the money seems to go on buying ridiculously expensive kit ideal for fighting the Cold War rather than useful things like helicoptors, body armour, guns that work etc. That and propping up the massive bureaucracy of the MoD and jobs for the boys in BAe.

    • DJ Phantoon says:

      See, you have to spend more on defense than the French on principle. Otherwise, you’re just asking for it. As in, asking for the French to invade you. Not that anyone has successfully invaded England in the past few hundred years, but still.

      It’s why we spend almost ten times as much as them here in the States. Because we are principled. Or something.

    • le poo poo says:

      Yay let’s spend even more on the military!

  8. stahlwerk says:

    Looks great (as Arma2 does), but I couldn’t understand half of it! Blimey! I hope there’s a cockney-scouse-slider in the audio options.

  9. dave says:

    Squeaky bum time cheered up my morning

  10. MrThingy says:

    I imagine the paid-for DLC is for decent boots and helmets.

  11. Zetetic says:

    I’m assuming they’ll have to add new dialogue for soldiers from the existing factions such as “Hey, POPOV34, abort your mission. You got a, looks we might have a blue on blue situation.” and “Fuck, fuck, fuck”.

  12. Zombat says:

    Is this paid for DLC or a “thank you for buying the same game twice” freebie?

  13. DXN says:

    Actually, they seem to be porting Project Reality to Arma 2. Yay for that!

    • Mavvvy says:

      I wonder what they will offer that is new to the arma community. Project reality was unigue in the Battlefield community, however thats an area thats already flooded in arma, namely ACE etc.

    • SprintJack says:

      They offering standardised PvP experience.

  14. El_MUERkO says:

    Woo + Yay

  15. tigershuffle says:

    pretty sure ive already downloaded someones UK forces work for Arma2 (not got OA yet)

    whats the price of this DLC ??!

    • tigershuffle says:

      do we get Ross Kemp and his crew tagging along

    • TeeJay says:

      I see your Ross Kemp and raise you one David Beckham straddling a Lynx heavy machine gun.

  16. NetsukeMonkey says:

    Will the Americans be firing on us also? (ooo-errr, a little bit political and…probably would have made more sense when all the friendly fire incidents were happening)

  17. Turin Turambar says:

    So.. name and password for the RPS Arma 2 OA event? Was the 22nd right?

  18. el Chi says:

    That voice-over sounded really amateur, crowbarring the pip-pip-tally-ho wording with the awright-shine-yer-shoes-guv’na squaddie voice, because those are the only two types of Britlander.

    • Gap Gen says:

      Yeah, the voice-over was pretty bad. Also, someone pointed out that it features a lot of American vehicles, plus two Coalition vehicles shooting at each other. Which I guess is kinda accurate.

  19. Reality says:

    What a foolish comment. Your the one prolonging the sterotype.
    nothing pip pip as far as I heard from he wording and if you think its a cockney accent then your even more mistaken. Did you even watch the trailer? Did you have it on mute with Eastender on in the background?!
    I heard a variation of british voices in there.. and that was probably the point, too.

    • TeeJay says:

      I didn’t like the voice-over: was too “try-hard angsty drama school” and read like the backcover blurb from a thriller novel…

      “a sickly mixture of fear and vainglorious pride”
      “now the hills would reveal their terrible secrets, let forth their terrible rage”
      “victory is sweet, victory is the abscence of the taste of fear and the stench of death, these hills are stained with the still and silent presence of both”

      …awkwardly ad-mixed with more dialogue-sounding “it’s tha waitin’ vat gets tha lads…”, “‘the boys…”

      …would have prefered more deadpan, understated, black gallows-humour and mixture of efficient clipped politeness suddenly breaking into “F***ing move it!” urgency.

      However the actual in-game radio chatter seemed fine (when I could understand it) – eg. scots heli pilot “keep ya heids doon!”

  20. PatrickSwayze says:

    Will there a be waiting mission at the start where it’s all about wasting time until the correct coloured camouflage uniform your parents have had to buy arrives so you not at higher risk of getting shot in the campaign?

    Will the guns also break down if they even see sand?

    Maybe you could control of a squad of Gurkas that you can order around without giving them any gratitude…

  21. Tim Hallows says:

    I hope they simulated the increased chance of genital and neck injuries British soldier face because your government is too cheap to equip them with proper groin and neck guards. Probably not though, say goodbye to your virtual penis mates. :(

  22. weego says:

    getting an Australian to put on a bad English accent for the voiceover seems rather convoluted.

  23. Flash says:

    I hope they model afternoon tea breaks adequently… (and there is a special ‘looking warry’ screenshot mode that adds pipe, sten gun and a cheery ‘don’t f%$& with me sunshine’ look to your soldier)…

  24. Derf says:

    The trailer put me off:

    - Voice acting should be done by voice actors, not an English guy in the dev team.
    - MLRS firing looked and sounded wet.
    - Helicopter banking wildly at 50 feet is a tad Hollywood.
    - Radio chatter sounds gay.
    - Token Scottish accent.
    - Choppy framerate on Chinook liftoff.
    - Infrared vision somehow reminds me of Syphon Filter
    - Another wet missile hit

  25. Csauli says:

    Christ, that opening monologue made Capt. Price from Modern Warfare 2 sound like a healthy, well-adjusted individual.

  26. Jason Moyer says:

    Is this going to include crappy robotic british voices for the radio?

    • Sardaukar says:

      Someone ought to take the voice files and run them through a Dalek synth. Best audio mod ever, right there.

  27. TheOne says:

    @TeeJay.

    Massivly dissagree mate. People complained when tere was no dialogue, now there is, people compolain again. What a joke. I thought they tried to add depth to a character. normally they get owned by reviews saying its shallow and we want a deeper character. There just no pleasing some people is there.

    I repect them for trying to improve and give us a character thats interesting. it is a story and a game you know.