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Arma: Cold War Assault

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Arma: Cold War Assault
Arma: Cold War Assault cover
Bohemia Interactive
macOS (OS X) Virtual Programming
Linux Virtual Programming
Retail Codemasters
Retail re-release Sold Out Software
Russia Buka Entertainment
Real Virtuality
Release dates
Windows June 22, 2001
macOS (OS X) March 14, 2017
Linux March 14, 2017
Monetization One-time game purchase, Expansion pack
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, FPS, Shooter, Tactical shooter
Art styles Realistic
Themes Cold War
Series Arma, Operation Flashpoint
Arma: Cold War Assault guide on StrategyWiki
Arma: Cold War Assault on MobyGames
Arma: Cold War Assault on Wikipedia
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Arma Tactics 2013
Arma 3 2013
Arma Reforger 2022


GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Arma: Cold War Assault is a singleplayer and multiplayer first-person action, FPS, shooter and tactical shooter game in the Arma and Operation Flashpoint series.

The game was originally released as Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis. As the rights to the game were kept by Bohemia Interactive when splitting from publisher Codemasters, the game was renamed to Arma: Cold War Assault. Applying the latest official patch changes the name accordingly.

On modern systems, using the highest settings may negatively impact performance.[1] See Issues fixed to resolve this issue.

The official servers were migrated from GameSpy to a self-owned master server.[2]

General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions (Windows)
Steam Community Discussions (OS X/Linux)


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc 2 DRM[Note 1].
Custom DRM code known as FADE may sabotage the game in several ways.
Both removed in later patches.
Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X)
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
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macOS (OS X)
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
ARMA: Cold War Assault doesn't include the Red Hammer expansion, which was developed by Codemasters.


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Operation Flashpoint: Red Hammer
Operation Flashpoint: Resistance

Essential improvements


A universal patch that upgrades any retail version of Operation Flashpoint to ARMA: Cold War Assault can be downloaded here.
An unofficial patch that improves performance and adds new features, however it requires patch 1.99 and can be downloaded here.

Skip intro videos

Launch the game with -nosplash parameter[5]

Adding the Red Hammer campaign

If you have a retail copy of Red Hammer campaign, you can add it back to ARMA: Cold War Assault.
Re-adding Red Hammer campaign[citation needed]
  1. Either open a folder where Red Hammer expansion is installed or go to a root folder of a CD with expansion pack.
  2. Then go to a folder AddOns and copy a file VoiceRH.pbo to a folder AddOns in ARMA: Cold War Assault folder.
  3. Go to a folder Campaigns either in a folder where you have installed Red Hammer expansion or on your CD.
  4. Copy a file redhammer.pbo to Campaigns in ARMA: Cold War Assault folder.
A retail copy of expansion is required for this; Red Hammer expansion is not available digitally.

Game data

External general settings.
External general settings.
In-game difficulty settings.
In-game difficulty settings.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\ColdWarAssault.cfg[Note 2]
<path-to-game>\Users\<user-id>\UserInfo.cfg[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)
Linux $HOME/.local/share/vpltd/ArmaColdWarAssault/ColdWarAssault.cfg
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.
UserInfo.cfg contains user-specific settings.

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Users\[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)
Linux $HOME/.local/share/vpltd/SavedGames

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Widescreen resolution

The game detects widescreen resolutions but stretches everything from 4:3 by default.
Fix aspect ratio[citation needed]
  1. Launch the game.
  2. Modify any options and quit the game.
  3. Launch ArmA FOV Changer.
  4. Select the game and configuration file.
  5. Adjust the FOV slider or tick the "Auto" option.
  6. Save changes and launch the game.


Using -window argument causes major issues with the mouse cursor.[6]
Force windowed[citation needed]
  1. Download and run DxWnd.
  2. Click on Edit, then Add.
  3. Set the name and executable path.
  4. Set the window position and size.
  5. Set Desktop for borderless fullscreen windowed.
  6. Click on DirectX tab, set DirectX8.
  7. Click OK, then File and Save.


In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.


In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Effects, radio, music.
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output[7] May require DirectSound 3D restoration software.
Setting under Difficulty options.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 2.[8]
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Czech Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis and Resistance retail. Radio voices still in English.
Local retail release only. For digital versions download this.
Local retail only. Follow this guide for digital releases.
Simplified Chinese
Local retail only.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
12 The official GameSpy service has been shut down; use the official replacement.

Connection types

Issues fixed

Never use "Very high" terrain quality setting, nor exceed 1200-1300 visibility.[9]

Low framerate

Use d3d8to9 or dgVoodoo 2

Low server count

Downgrade to patch 1.96[citation needed]

Frequent crashes or out of memory errors

Launch the game with the -nomap command line argument[10]

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8.1
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon XP 1800+ MHz
Pentium III 1133 MHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 800 MB
Video card (GPU) Riva TNT, GeForce 256, GeForce 2
Rage 128, Radeon
16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo T7700 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 800 MB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia equivalent
ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO
256 MB of VRAM
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Fedora 25, Ubuntu 16.04, SteamOS, Mint 18 (64-bit OS required)
Processor (CPU) 64-bit 1+ GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 800 MB
Video card (GPU) latest Nvidia or Mesa drivers
OpenGL 3.2+ compatible
Despite official system requirements, game does not use OpenAL nor is XP supported on at least the Cold War Assault upgrade.


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[3] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[4]
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).