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Bohemia Interactive has released their latest patch for ARMA II: Operation Arrowhead, to coincide with the release of their first DLC pack British Armed Forces. Among some of the other change, the patch also includes the units, vehicles and weapons of the DLC pack albiet with much lower resolution textures and lower quality sounds.

Change log after the break.

  • Arma 2: British Armed Forces Lite - all units, vehicles and weapons from Arma 2: British Armed Forces are included in this patch with lower quality textures and audio files. The full version of Arma 2: British Armed Forces with high resolution textures and packed with a new campaign and large selection of new single player missions is available for purchase, see www.arma2.com/baf for more information about the content of Arma 2: British Armed Forces.
  • Engineer - Engineers have undergone some serious training and are now capable of repairing damaged vehicles and defusing mines.
  • Artillery Computer - All indirect fire weapons can exploit the brand new artillery computer by selecting it in the Action Menu (default binding is the mouse wheel). The artillery computer initiates an interface where you can see your weapon, and the associated minimal and maximal ranges on the map.
  • Numerous stability and functionality fixes and improvements.
  • Reworked MP Session Browser and Mission Selector.
  • See readme.txt file for more information about the fixes, improvements and new features coming with Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead version 1.54

Compare the screenshot above with this screenshot I grabbed from the Steam product page:


It's a novel solution; how do you release new content without splitting your user base between those who own the DLC and those who don't? I did notice however that the new island (which is only 4km x 4km) isn't included with the patch, so there still might be some slight divisions there.

I'm also not sure what it says about the rest of the content of their DLC. Is the value of the DLC in the new units and vehicles, or the additional missions and small campaign that it provides?

Edit:
Due to switching to a new ISP I haven't been able to download the patch myself, but it seems that you get the new island along with the patch, just with lower resolution textures for that as well.

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