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Key features

  • Singleplayer campaign - "First Contact" (military science fiction)
  • 163 km2 Livonia terrain
  • 2 Factions - Livonian Defense Force and Russian Spetsnaz
  • 5 Weapons - Promet Assault Rifle, RPK-12 Light Machine Gun, AKU-12 Carbine, Mk14 Classic Hunting Rifle, Kozlice Shotgun
  • 2 Vehicles - ED-1 Mini UGV (multiple variants) and Tractor
  • Gear - CBRN clothing, masks and backpacks, Spectrum Device, radio backpack, blindfold, and tin foil hat
  • Multiplayer Scenarios - Livonia Zeus Game Master, Combat Patrol, and Warlords
  • Free Bonus Content - NATO woodland camouflage, civilian clothing, 100+ decorative props and terrain objects, and more

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“ First Contact ” Campaign


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.

Livonia terrain


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.

Factions, Weapons,
Vehicles & Gear

*This gear is primarily cosmetic; limited features are only available in the context of Contact's campaign and gameplay.


NATO Woodland Camouflage

NATO troops receive a modest range of gear in woodland camouflage, fitting for Livonia’s forest terrain.

Civilian Clothing

Additional character gear helps represent the various civilian groups in the Nadbór region, such as the international Astra scientists, local farmers, and looters.

Official Soundtrack

Listen to new music tracks composed specifically for the "First Contact" singleplayer campaign.

100+ Decorative & Terrain Objects

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 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:

  • English
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish (Spain)
  • French
  • Korean
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Polish
  • Czech
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Turkish
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Traditional Chinese

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:

  • The singleplayer campaign, and all of Contact's more sci-fi and alien assets, are optional, and you can launch Arma 3 with or without them present in-game.
  • The data of Contact expansion's premise-agnostic assets (such as factions, weapons, vehicles, and props - essentially everything that fits in Arma 3's regular theme and setting) is included in the Arma 3 base game installation. Owners and non-owners of Arma 3 Contact will still be able to play together (except for on the new Livonia terrain), while some restrictions to the use of these assets by non-owners might apply as per the Content Licensing system for default Arma 3 DLC. This also means that a lot of these premium assets can therefore be freely tested in Virtual Arsenal and Garage by non-owners.

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.

After its release on July 25 2019, you can play the "First Contact" singleplayer campaign by opening the Arma 3 Launcher and then hitting 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. 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:

  • Low framerate
    Your performance depends on a number of variables, such as your hardware configuration, your in-game video settings, whether you're playing singleplayer or multiplayer (and in case of the latter, what multiplayer server you're playing on), and if you're running Arma 3 with mods. Our recommendation is to first try to configure your in-game video options to match your hardware setup (use auto-detect as a basis – and especially look out for your Visibility and Anti-Aliasing settings). It's also recommended to install the latest graphics hardware drivers for your graphics card(s). Should you not be using SSD storage devices, consider defragmenting your drive(s). Finally, use the Steam client to verify the game data integrity automatically.
  • "Arma 3 has quit in an unusual manner"
    Please take a look at this page with a description of common error codes and proposed solutions.

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.

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

System requirements

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
DirectX® 10
HARD DRIVE 45 GB free space
AUDIO DirectX® compatible on-board
OTHER Internet connection and free Steam account to activate
Dual Layer compatible when installing from DVD
OS Windows 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
DirectX® 11
HARD DRIVE 70 GB free space, SSD / Hybrid HDD / SSHD storage
AUDIO DirectX® compatible soundcard
OTHER Internet connection and free Steam account to activate
Dual Layer compatible when installing from DVD