Arma 3 Contact expansion
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As Specialist Aiden Rudwell, you are a NATO drone operator taking part in a military training exercise on Livonia. When a massive alien vessel enters the atmosphere, you are sent on a reconnaissance mission to investigate the extraterrestrial presence. The priority: to learn who or what they are, and find out why they are here. However, with our very existence in the balance, different interpretations fueled by a region-wide blackout quickly prove to be a surefire way to conflict. Over the course of this campaign, you will engage in field science, electronic warfare, and combat recon, in an experience delivered in authentic Arma 3 style.
Arma 3 Contact’s 163 km2 Eastern European terrain covers the partly abandoned Nadbór region within the larger Polish-speaking country of Livonia. This landlocked NATO member state shares borders with four other nations, including the Russian exclave Kaliningrad and CSAT partner Belarus, which inherently makes it a place of great geo-strategic importance. Its woodland locale is composed of a big set of completely new structures, props, and natural objects, complemented by objects from other Bohemia terrains.
The Livonian Defense Force (LDF) is a new and relatively small military faction, ideally suited for their role of protecting the territory of Livonia. The bulk of its forces are infantry, motorized, and mechanized elements. The LDF has access to a very modest Air Force. Much of its equipment is available in distinctive woodland 'geometric' camouflage. The faction was built from a mix of new and existing assets, and is made complete by new character faces and Polish radio protocols.
Highly trained and versatile Russian Spetsnaz operators of the 223rd Special Purpose Detachment have been added. They make use of a mix of existing and new gear, but also receive new character faces and radio protocols. Much of their gear either has a taiga camouflage pattern applied or is plain green.
The Promet modular bullpup rifle is the LDF's main service rifle. It is known for its unique detachable carry handle with integrated 2.5x magnified optics. Besides a marksman variant with extended barrel, it can also be fitted with a 40 mm underslung grenade launcher. Tactical teams can instead choose to mount an underbarrel 12 gauge shotgun module with quick-release cylinder for an extra close range punch. The rifle is manufactured in a range of color options.
The AK-12 family of weapons has been extended with the Light Machine Gun RPK-12 variant for autoriflemen. It features a longer barrel with integrated bipod and special muzzle brake, as well as a modified stock for stability. High-capacity 75 round drum magazines can be loaded for prolonged fire. It is available as plain black or with lush / arid spray paint applied.
Another new addition to the AK-12 family is the AKU-12 for Special Forces and vehicle crews. It has a shortened barrel and special muzzle device. It is available as plain black or with lush / arid spray paint applied.
The existing Mk14 rifle has received a new civilian hunting version with classic walnut finish, single fire operation, and a smaller 10 round magazine.
The Kozlice 12G is a trusty old shotgun still found in many parts of Eastern Europe. It is a low-tech yet powerful weapon typically used by hunters. Unlike some other double-barreled shotguns, the Kozlice employs an over/under design, placing the two 12 gauge barrels in vertical alignment. These can either be loaded with slug or buckshot shells. Certain criminal elements have been known to improvise sawed-off versions of the shotgun. These are easier to conceal and operate in confined spaces, but also have a reduced effective range.
This small tracked electric robot is built to traverse complex terrain, and can transmit a live camera feed so that its operator can remotely assess the situation. Wielding its multi-joint swivel arm, the UGV’s two primary uses are CBRN Defense and Explosive Ordnance Disposal. The Science variant, the ED-1E*, is essentially a driving laboratory with sensors, a sampling laser, and a biopsy probe. For military use, the ED-1D variant comes prepared with a mounted disruptor shotgun; ideal for demining operations and close encounters.
Found in farm barns across the globe, the common tractor is a reliable high torque engineering vehicle, used for towing trailers and many other agricultural tasks. This reliable Diesel workhorse from Arma 2 returns with a major upgrade to its model and textures, and might prove unexpectedly useful in certain circumstances.
The Spectrum Device is a handheld transceiver that can act as an electromagnetic spectrum analyzer. It can send and receive a myriad of signals at various frequencies, while – depending on what antenna is fitted – it can also be used for jamming or deception. As such, it is essential when it comes to scientific study, communications, or engaging in electronic warfare.
CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear) defense – available in multiple colors and camouflage designs – and includes Air Purifying Respirator face masks and breathing apparatus backpacks.
Electronic warfare and communications specialists can now be equipped with modular radio packs, which not only provide room for secure long-range comms gear, but also extra capacity for batteries and miscellaneous items. Radio packs are available in all faction camo patterns.
When prisoners quickly need to have their sight blocked, a basic piece of cloth wrapped around their heads will do the job just fine.
With all manner of electromagnetic radiation flying around these days, one can never be too sure a malicious party is not trying to control our minds. This advanced hat made from multiple layers of carefully shaped aluminium foil is a proven defensive measure against that form of attack.
*This gear is primarily cosmetic; limited features are only available in the context of Contact's campaign and gameplay.
NATO troops receive a modest range of gear in woodland camouflage, fitting for Livonia’s forest terrain.
Additional character gear helps represent the various civilian groups in the Nadbór region, such as the international Astra scientists, local farmers, and looters.
Listen to new music tracks composed specifically for the "First Contact" singleplayer campaign.
Content creators can let their imagination run wild with dozens of new structures and props, many of which are available in multiple color variants. Besides the new assets for the Livonia terrain, this includes objects related to CBRN (sealed transport packaging, a weather station, and more), Decontamination (tents, showers, spill bunds, cleaning equipment, tarps, liquid hoses, and more) and Field Outposts (rugged equipment, terminals, furniture, lamps, solar panels, power cables, cargo platforms, and more).
The Arma 3 Contact expansion is scheduled for release on July 25, 2019.
You can buy Arma 3 Contact on the Bohemia Store and Steam. There is also a bundle available that includes the Arma 3 base game and Arma 3 Contact expansion at a discount price. Plus we have a special (physical) limited-edition Arma 3 Contact Collector's Edition on sale exclusively on the Bohemia Store.
Arma 3 Contact supports all 14 Arma 3 languages:
If you pre-ordered Arma 3 Contact, you can start testing the new terrain (with the new weapons, vehicles, and gear to follow soon) – minus the singleplayer campaign – as of May 23. Between this date and Arma 3 Contact's release date on July 25, you can right-click on Arma 3 in your Steam Library, go to 'Properties', visit the 'BETAS' tab, and use the drop-down menu to select and install the ‘Development Build’ (also known as Dev-Branch). Please note that this build is not fully compatible with the default Main-Branch of Arma 3, and represents a work-in-progress version that is not yet fully representative of the final Arma 3 Contact release.
Arma 3 Contact is an official (spin-off) expansion for Arma 3 that is fully developed and published by Bohemia Interactive.
We sometimes refer to Arma 3 Contact as a 'spin-off' because of it being a light Total Conversion, and its singleplayer campaign takes place in an alternate future/branch of the Armaverse – a 'what if' scenario that should be considered as a side-step from the otherwise more conventional Arma military sandbox experience and Arma brand as a whole.
No, you will need to own the Arma 3 base game, and have Arma 3 installed, in order to play Arma 3 Contact.
Yes, you need to own the Arma 3 base game and have it installed. If you do not own Arma 3 yet, and want to play Arma 3 Contact, we recommend purchasing the Arma 3 Contact Edition, which includes the Arma 3 base game and the Contact expansion at a much lower price than when both products are bought separately.
The Arma 3 Contact spin-off expansion is made available for free to owners of the Arma 3 Supporter's Edition (note: this edition is no longer on sale).
The Arma 3 Contact expansion is split into two components:
You can use all of Arma 3 Contact's premise-agnostic assets in multiplayer, such as the new vehicles, weapons, and a lot of the gear. However, for those who do not own the Contact expansion, some restrictions do apply. To play on the Livonia terrain in multiplayer (and singleplayer) you will need to have ownership of the Contact expansion. Please also note that some of the more thematic Contact assets that make use of custom scripted functionality within the "First Contact" singleplayer campaign, such as the CBRN gear, gas masks, or the blindfold, are purely cosmetic items when used in Arma 3 multiplayer and the wider sandbox.
To play the "First Contact" singleplayer campaign, you should open the Arma 3 Launcher and then hit the PLAY CONTACT button. Alternatively, you can visit the DLC section in the Arma 3 Launcher, load Arma 3 Contact there, and launch the game by clicking on the regular PLAY button.
Yes! If you would like to play regular Arma 3 but still want to have access to the assets from the Contact expansion (such as the terrain, weapons, and vehicles), you can simply launch Arma 3 without loading Arma 3 Contact as optional DLC in the Arma 3 Launcher.
Arma 3 is a combined arms military game set in a massive military sandbox. The game features massive terrains, a variety of singleplayer and multiplayer content, more than 20 vehicles and 40 weapons, a powerful scenario editor with Steam Workshop integration, and modding support.
People play Arma 3 in many ways, and there's not one right way to becoming familiar with Arma 3's core gameplay mechanics. We generally advise most players to play the Bootcamp prologue campaign first, which will help you get a hang of most of the basics. Then, if you want to learn more about specific game mechanics, you might want to go through the in-game Virtual Training courses. You can find all of this and more under the Tutorials button in Arma 3's in-game main menu.
All in all, the beauty of Arma 3 is that you will keep discovering new things over a longer period of time. So don't feel rushed to immediately learn everything that Arma 3 has to offer. If you do already want to dive a bit deeper, then be sure to take a look at the in-game Field Manual (available under Tutorials in the Arma 3 main menu), watch our official Community Guide video series (see playlist on YouTube), browse through the many excellent Steam user guides, and take a look at the excellent Getting Started Guide on the /r/arma subreddit.
Be sure to check out the system requirements on this page or on the Arma 3 Contact Steam and Bohemia Store page. Since Arma 3 has been on the market for over 5 years, it is very likely that at least most gaming desktops and laptops built or bought over the course of those years will be able to run the game well at standard video settings or higher.
Solutions to some of the most common issues are listed on our Support page. In addition, here are some explanations or recommendations in case you experience the following:
If you run into game bugs, you can best report them via our Feedback Tracker. If you're not able to find a solution to your problem, you are welcome to reach out to our Support team using the contact form here.
You can find all Arma 3 wallpapers here: https://arma3.com/media/wallpapers.
Please first try to search our forums for answers to your questions. You may also try one of Arma 3's other community channels such as the /r/arma subreddit and the Arma 3 Discord server. Of course you're always welcome to contact our support staff via the contact form at https://support.bohemia.net.
|OS||Windows 7 SP1 64-bit|
|PROCESSOR||Intel Dual-Core 2.4 GHz AMD Dual-Core Athlon 2.5 GHz|
|GRAPHICS||NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT / AMD Radeon HD 5670 / Intel HD Graphics 4000 with 512 MB VRAM|
|HARD DRIVE||42 GB free space|
|AUDIO||DirectX® compatible on-board|
|OS||Windows 7 / 8 / 10 64-bit|
|PROCESSOR||Intel Core i5-4460 or AMD FX 4300|
|GRAPHICS||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 / AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series with 2 GB VRAM|
|HARD DRIVE||45 GB free space, SSD / Hybrid HDD / SSHD storage|
|AUDIO||DirectX® compatible soundcard|