Benefits From Friends: How To Get Arma 3 Lite

What happens when I get hold of the Arma 3 editor

Bohemia Interactive
is doing smart things at the moment. The first smart thing they did was to give me access to Arma 3 before everyone else had it, which made me happy. That is a smart thing, because I am very important person, and my mum says I am handsome. The second smart thing they did was to release the Arma 3 Alpha to people who are not me, because it makes multiplayer games a lot more fun, and it means they can get to work with optimising their Greek pixels. The third smart thing was just launched: everyone who owns a copy of the Arma 3 Alpha has copies of the Lite edition to give away. Check your Steam Gifts, everyone. A heavily armed Santa Claus has been!

The Lite edition has some clipped wings, though. Here’s what you have to give away.


What’s missing? Multiplayer and modding. It makes sense to not give everything away, but when the alpha is only going to be live for a limited time, I thought it would make sense to let those welcomed in to have it all. Then, when the alpha ends, they’ll want more and buy seventeen copies. I like the single-player and fiddling with the editor (just hopping in a chopper and flying around in an empty map is a joy), but the true experience is found in the community. Not that I wouldn’t snap a copy of the Lite edition up if I didn’t have access, but I’m just a wee bit surprised that Bohemia aren’t showcasing the game to its fullest.

However, let’s view it is a generous way to let people freely test the game out before they consider a purchase. Feel free to use the comments to set up swapsies, though the Arma forum might be a better place to offer and ask.

This is what you’re missing out on.


  1. jackthename says:

    My steam name is neonblackjack. I’d love to try this out if anyone’s got one to give away.

  2. Dood says:

    I still have to copies of the Lite version left. I’ll gladly give them to the first to commenters to reply.

    • changeling101 says:

      That would be sweet, my steam name is changeling101, anyone who is kind gets a whole lotta gratitude

    • jackthename says:

      I’d appreciate one, good soul.

    • Smarag says:

      My Steam name is Smarag and I would be very grateful if you would send me one (:

    • Dood says:

      You know, you guys actually have to be online and accept my friend request if you want me to gift it to you.

    • Phendron says:

      Jumping on the bandwagon hopefully, my steam ID is Sperpurber.

    • WIBBICK says:

      i would appreciate one please my steam account is mtroxel2

    • imsocool123456789 says:

      id like 1 my steam name is IMA KILL U TONY. thank u very much!

    • imsocool123456789 says:

      id love to have arma 3 :alpha lite thank u very much! my steam name is IMA KILL U TONY

  3. Kaen says:

    k4en is my steam name, i would love to try this game!

  4. bzizi says:

    I’d love to get a copy! donat474

  5. pheonix says:

    I’d greatly appreciate one if someone can spare it, I’ve just got into playing ARMA 2.

    link to

  6. davejenkins says:

    That’s an Awesome Arma 3 video man, wicked :)

  7. Frijj says:

    Looking for one too, been wanting to try this one out & see if it runs

    Steam Name: Frijj007

    Thanks! :)

  8. davejenkins says:

    When’s this game out on sale?

  9. VelvetFistIronGlove says:

    I’ve got three copies of Lite to give away. Reply to me with your steam community id (like pheonix did above), and I’ll send them through tonight.

  10. Atmosphere says:

    If anyone has a spare to give i would greatly appreciate it

    link to

  11. Knufinke says:

    Can someone mod Arma 3 into a vacation simulator, please?

    • Ansob says:

      Doesn’t require any mods to do so! Just create a mission with no enemy AI where the players are wearing civilian clothes.

  12. Rawns says:

    ARMA3 Alpha makes me warm and fuzzy. :)

  13. Sephanor says:

    I would really love to try this out if anyone has a spare trial, thanks in advance.

    link to

    • Nemon says:

      I had to add you as a friend in order to gift, so check your profile.
      Edit; Have fun :p

  14. joebucksvoice says:

    I’ve got two to spare if anyone is interested. I will have to give them away to the first two people who reply… when I get home from work… 6 hours from now. Steam name is spigg_nice.

  15. mrmalodor says:

    Well, the driving and flight physics are still as retarded as ever. But now the tires screech! Even on grass and dirt….

    • Gap Gen says:

      Yeah, I still can’t fly for shit. That said, the infantry combat is way way better than ArmA 2. I was expecting the same slightly clunky movement but they’ve nailed it this time. Just as well, as the AI is brutal.

  16. Ansob says:

    No multiplayer?

    That’s honestly a damn shame, and very silly to boot. MP is 99% of the reason you would play A3 – A3 lite should have been the MP only, so people could invite their friends to play with them.

    • darkChozo says:

      It makes a certain amount of sense; the alpha lite basically serves as a way for people hesitant to actually buy in to see if it runs on their machine, see if they can handle the controls, get a general feel for why they might want to abandon ARMA 2/try out this fancy new shooter.

      That being said, it would be nice if they could do lite multiplayer weekends or have some limited ways for lite players to do multiplayer, if only to tempt them into buying the full product.

      • iainl says:

        I suspect it’s because they’re still checking the load on the MP matchmaking servers or something, and giving priority to the paying customers. I’d quite like to see how well my ageing box runs it (it can just about handle II though) but then optimisation usually come late with these things.

        • darkChozo says:

          It runs about as well as II does, actually, at least on my machine. I’ve heard that that’s true for others, not sure if it’s a general truth. That’s to say that is still is a hell of a resource hog, but at least they implemented that whole “not so ugly” thing.

          • iainl says:

            Thanks – with all these games lying around already, by the time I get to it I hope to have upgraded to Haswell anyway, so hopefully it won’t be an issue.

  17. stoner says:

    I have no idea how to gift to somebody. The article says “Check your Steam Gifts”. Where f**k is that? I Googled that and went to Steam to see if they have instructions. I found this:
    How can I purchase Steam Gifts for a different Steam user?

    To give a gift to a friend or family member, locate the game you would like to gift on the Steam Storefront and then click the “Add to cart” button. Upon checking out, select the “Purchase as a gift” option to purchase the items in your cart for a friend.
    On the ArmA 3 store page, it’s asking if I want to spend $32.99 to gift to a friend. WTF!!! I searched Steam for “Arma 3 Lite”; not found.

    A little here, please.

    • Orionmeister says:

      Go to Profile -> My Inventory (At the top of Steam) and you should find a window with tabs for all your gifts, i’m assuming Arma lll Lite will be under the “Steam” heading.

      • stoner says:

        thank you. Do you have it? If not, would you like ArmA 3 Lite?

    • darkChozo says:

      Go to the community tab, click on “Inventory” in the right sidebar, click on the Steam inventory if it’s not already on the Steam inventory, you should see three ARMA 3 Alpha Lite invites there (assuming you’ve purchased the full alpha). Click on any of the invites and click on Gift to a Friend (or something like that).

      If they’re not there after you’ve purchased the game, try restarting your client. The Steam inventory system is sliiightly mediocre.

  18. pakoito says:

    As far as I have tried it’s just the tutorial missions and they are hard as balls :p

  19. oceanclub says:

    I’m never too proud to beg. ‘oceanclub’ on Steam, if anyone has a spare copy, please.


  20. SteelPriest says:

    I’m ‘steelpriest’ and i’d like a go please :D thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

  21. Orionmeister says:

    I would love to see if Arma 3 runs on machine as well :)
    link to
    If anyone has a spare, thanks!

    EDIT: Nevermind, thanks zoog!

  22. zoog85 says:

    I have a big pile of lite keys, I don’t need any Steam name to hand them out (they are keys which activate on Steam). I’ve created a thread at the forums, sent me a PM via the RPS forums user “zoog” or post in this topic: link to!

  23. DougieMonster says:

    I’d GREATLY appreciate anyone who could do me a favour and bung an invite my way. Not sure if ARMA is gonna be my cup of tea or not so would prefer to try it out before i drop £20 on it.

    My Steam ID:
    link to

    Cheers RPS-ers! :-)

    • DougieMonster says:

      Thanks to a very kind RPS’er i shan’t be needing a copy anymore as i was just gifted one. Cheers Griever! :-)

  24. cF- says:

    I’d love one if possible! Here’s me:

    link to

    Thanks in (hopeful) advance :)

  25. Dreamstorm says:

    If anyone has one left:

    link to

    Thanks! :)

  26. P.Funk says:

    link to

    You guys should check this guy out. Its a perfect portal to the Arma community. So many videos, Arma 2 and 3, and so much cool stuff. Shacktac and Dslyecxi really shows what you can get out of Arma.

  27. Magnusm1 says:

    Steam name:
    If any gentleman here is feeling generous.

  28. Masterpwny says:

    I have 2 light passes. The first 2 responses to my comment with steamIDs will get friend invites and gifts of the light. Hope you enjoy!

  29. vanosofmanos says:

    I would love a key if anyone has some left!

    link to

    Thanks bunches!

  30. LuizPSC says:

    If anyone have a spare code, and liked my ”sexy” profile photo my name is:

    Luiz Paulo Santos Cruz or:
    link to
    (using the same profile photo because i am creative, and this is also my name too because i am really creative)

    I can give a free Dota Key…just kidding.

    Edit: i got from the giveaway from Zoog:3

  31. Larkington says:

    I’d be mighty grateful for a key, if anyone has a spare. :-)


    Steam ID: halo_schmuck

    *Edit: Nevermind, thanks!

  32. braaaaains says:

    I will be forever in your debt if you can flick me a key, someone!!
    Steam id is: braaaaains!!
    link to

  33. ideowiec says:

    If anyone got invite, please share one with me: jacekmalina

  34. ShatteredAwe says:

    Steam Name is Samurai Style. If anyone could give me a Arma3 lite I would be very grateful!

    • gmcseph says:

      Added you – I’ve got a spare key. steam name: flash35713

  35. JoyOfDiscovery says:

    I’d love to try this game out. It looks like it could be a lot of fun if anyone could spare an invite. “Jerk-It Jeremy” on Steam right now; pardon the name.

    Edit: Got one. Thanks a ton, M.

  36. WIBBICK says:

    if anyone has one id appreicate a lite key. my user is mtroxel2

    • Tommo says:

      Ive just added you as friend on Steam and will send you key when you reply, Wibbick.

  37. tigershuffle says:

    is this hivemind thing on? just incase its gone wobblier than a sims server
    ……….i would love it, just love it *
    steam thingy same as i use for everything

    *apologies to Kevin Keegan

  38. gmcseph says:

    Got one key to give away if anyone’s online now?

  39. TortedProphet says:

    Well, my friend tells me that this game is pretty cool. I’ve seen some videos and I would love to try it out. My Steam name is “Cry-Again Collin”, I would very much appreciate someone taking the time to drop a copy my way. Much thanks.

  40. WIBBICK says:

    this thing hates me

  41. DovahWalrus says:

    Could someone send me a key? It would be gratley appreciated my steam username is “DovahWalrus” seriously it would make my day! (debatin to buy alpha or not)

    • NofWoof says:

      Hi, it seems that you do not show up in a Steam friend search (which is necessary to gift the game).

  42. citrusninja says:

    Anyone got a spare key to get rid of? If so, my steamID is hotshotjosh
    Thanks in advance!

  43. Bw4ll1s says:

    I’ve got two if anyone still wants a copy?

    • TortedProphet says:

      Hey man, I would seriously appreciate a copy if you don’t mind. Many thanks, “TorturedProphet” is my Steam name.

    • Cruzer says:

      I’d really appreciate a key if you’ve still got one, my steam name is synthemesque.

  44. JoeX111 says:

    I’d love a copy if someone’s feeling generous enough to gift me. Steam name is JoeX111.

  45. xfrog says:

    I would also like an invitation if someone has a spare one to give away. “simewn” on Steam.

  46. GiveTehCatGrugZ says:

    I’d Love if someone was willing to gift me one. I’ve been wanting to get into ARMA for some time now but was unable since my PC was 90’s Nokia levels of tech
    STEAM: Perpetual Crocodile

  47. JB says:

    As I don’t know which (if any) of the above requests have been fulfilled, if you want one of my 2 spare copies, post here with your Steam ID and I’ll get one of them to you.

    • JB says:

      OK, gave one of them to an existing Steam friend, the other is going to Deilpo (the post below mine) as I type this.

  48. deilpo says:

    If anybody had a spare Lite Copy that would be great, I’d really like to try it and see how it runs on machine before buying.

    link to

  49. Fancy McBacon says:

    I too, would love a Lite key. In exchange for anyone’s generous offering, I am prepared to offer up a copy of the original Crysis! Redeemable on Origin, though, so you gotta be okay with that.

    Teflon_tea is my steam name.

    link to I am under the impression that this link will lead to my profile.

    Thank you!

  50. 99RedBaboons says:


    Hullo. I got two spare keys, figure the first two people to reply to this comment can have them.