Operation Flashpoint – Category

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Released: Jun 22, 2001
Latest version: 1.99 / Arma: Cold War Assault


The world famous Operation Flashpoint (OFP) series of games began with Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis in 2001, produced by Bohemia Interactive and published by Codemasters. Codemasters then produced and published an add-on campaign for the original title called Red Hammer. Then in 2002, BI produced another version of the game (as an expansion pack) called Operation Flashpoint: Resistance. Later, a "Game of the Year" (GOTY) edition was published by Codemasters, which included the two BI works, plus Codemasters' Red Hammer campaign.

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Operation Flashpoint was later renamed to Arma: Cold War Assault. See Operation Flashpoint: The Name Game for more details. However, most, if not all pages on this wiki will not use the new name.

Story & Content

The story is set in 1985 on a group of three islands - Kolgujev, Malden and Everon. The Soviet Union is in turmoil after Mikhail Gorbachev is designated General Secretary of the Communist Party. Not everyone is willing to accept his leadership, including General Ivan Vasilii Guba, leader of a well-equipped army based on Kolgujev. Guba attacks nearby Everon, an independant republic, sparking an international flashpoint. The NATO base on Malden is alerted and the plot progresses from there.

The player begins in the role of Private David Armstrong, fresh from training on Malden and under the supervision of his commanding officer Sergeant Arnold Berghoff. As the missions progress, depending on the player's performance, Armstrong is promoted and can command a squad of his own.

There are other characters which the player controls at various points through the story:

  • Robert Hammer, a novice tank driver
  • Sam Nichols, a helicopter pilot
  • James Gastovski, a retired special forces operative who is persuaded to join the conflict and settle an old score...

Cold War Crisis includes 41 missions contained in a file called 1985.pbo within the OperationFlashpoint\Campaigns directory.


  • Stealth, tactics or all-out assault - deliver liberation in Campaign, Single Mission or Multiplay modes
  • Take command of a squad - or just cover yor own back. Stay alive and be victorious
  • Over 30 vehicles to drive or fly - from AH1 Cobra Helicopter to M1A1 Abrams tank, each visually accurate to its original spec
  • Create your own strategic challenges - for solo and multiplay with the easy-to-use Mission Editor - limited only by your imagination
  • Create your own addons - create your own content such as, weapons, vehicles and missions