SPOTREP #00101

reported by Joris-Jan van 't Land on November 16, 2021

FROM: High Command
TO: Arma 3 Users
UNIT: Main Branch
ACTIVITY: Game Mini-Update 2.06 (Creator DLC Support)
SIZE: ~58 MB / ~18 MB (depends on Contact ownership)


  • Contact consists of 2 data packs / folders:
    • Contact (via PLAY CONTACT or -mod=Contact): for the singleplayer "First Contact" campaign experience (accessible only to owners - optionally loaded)
    • Contact (Platform): for most other use cases, including sandbox multiplayer (loaded by default for all players)
  • Consider using the Steam client option to verify the integrity of the local game cache to avoid corrupted data after downloading this update.
  • Consider defragmenting your HDD after downloading large updates.
  • Updating a deeply moddable game and its platform is not without risks. We use various methods to communicate upcoming changes to our awesome modding community, such as via the Dev Hub. We also co-operate directly on troubleshooting, and we offer an opportunity to test updates via our Release Candidate tests. Modders, server administrators, and other members of the community do their best to prepare for updates and to address issues post-release as quickly as possible. Please be mindful of some interruptions (especially in the first hours / days after a release) while we all work to improve the game together.
  • A Legacy Build Steam branch is available for advanced users. It contains the previous significant main branch version (2.04). It can be used to compare specific changes between major releases. The access code for this branch is: Arma3Legacy204
  • This update does not apply to the experimental Linux and Mac client port betas.
  • You can find the servers in the Steam library (switch the filter to "Tools") - "Arma 3 Server" (based on your OS, it will download the Windows or Linux version).
    • Administrators can also use the command-line SteamCMD utility. The app ID is to be 233780.
    • NVIDIA GameWorks™ Technology provided under license from NVIDIA Corporation. Copyright © 2002-2018 NVIDIA Corporation. All rights reserved. NVIDIA® and PhysX® are trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation and are used under license.
  • In case of problems, please check the Bohemia Interactive support F.A.Q., Arma 3 F.A.Q., BattlEye F.A.Q., or Launcher troubleshooting guide.
  • You can help us to further improve the game by posting your feedback on the Feedback Tracker.



  • Added: Platform support for Arma 3 Creator DLC: Western Sahara (actual DLC content is not part of this update)
  • Fixed: The edit vehicle appearance function in Eden Editor was not always working as expected
  • Fixed: The disableRandomization scenario parameter was not stopping randomization of vehicle animations
  • Fixed: postInit on vehicles with randomization was overwriting setObjectTexture in an Eden Editor entity's init field


  • Fixed: Number plate font was set incorrectly - FT-T159583
  • Fixed: Helicopter sounds could get stuck in some cases
  • Fixed: AI could see units emitting IR flashlights even without nightvision (thanks Steve)
  • Fixed: The MDMP file was sometimes not written to disk when the game crashes
  • Fixed: The irLight property was not working in CfgLights (thanks Steve)
  • Fixed: The 2D map outside color was dark blue on terrains that have outside terrain synthesis disabled
  • Fixed: Picture-in-Picture textures not always properly updating their resolution when PiP quality is changed (thanks Rosd6)
  • Fixed: TrackIR head movement
  • Fixed: Crash when getSensorTargets is performed on an empty vehicle - FT-T161282
  • Fixed: turretOwner command did not support a [-1] driver turret - FT-T160825
  • Fixed: Crash when creating rope between a vehicle and itself - FT-T161256
  • Fixed: Eden Editor init script boxes not always displaying errors correctly
  • Tweaked: No longer rendering the volumetric flashlight cone in first-person perspective (too many artifacts)
  • Fixed: playSound disableAttenuation parameter not working properly


  • Fixed: Potential crash at startup when mod downloads are queued - FT-T160425
  • Fixed: Potential crash at startup when subscribed to many mods
  • Added: Support for launching Arma 3 Creator DLC: Western Sahara (actual DLC content is not part of this update)


  • Updated: Stand-alone Windows Dedicated Server (2.06)
  • Updated: Stand-alone Linux Dedicated Server (2.06)
    • The data in -mod=contact is not fully multiplayer compatible (it is meant for the singleplayer campaign experience); we recommend only hosting servers with it for special use cases
      • This data is signed by a new A3C key whose presence can be used to control what client data is allowed on the server
    • Known issue: Steam client modifies the steam_appid.txt file incorrectly. In case of issues, verify its content is: 107410
    • Known issue: Sometimes the add-ons are loaded from the wrong installation (e.g. main game)
    • Try adding -mod=curator;kart;heli;mark;expansion;jets;argo;orange;tacops;tank;enoch;aow to your arma3server.exe shortcut