Arma Reforger Connection Failed Error: How To Fix The Connection Issue

Soldiers sitting overlooking some buildings in the distance
Credit: Bohemia Interactive

Soldiers sitting overlooking some buildings in the distance
Credit: Bohemia Interactive

If you've been one of the many people trying to take advantage of early access to the latest Arma game, you may, like others, have crashed in the Arma Reforger connection failed error. And if this has prevented you from playing the game, presumably you'd quite like a solution.

Which is exactly what we're going to provide you with. In this article, we'll explain exactly what the error is, why it's happening, and what you might be able to do about it. Here's what you need to know.

How To Fix The Arma Reforger Connection Failed Error

Thankfully, this is very clearly a server related problem. This means that the fixes we can try are pretty clear. But we preface this by advising you to make sure that your system meets the minimum recommended specs for the game. If your computer can't cope with the game, then no amount of troubleshooting will fix your woes.

The recommended specs are as follows:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4460 / AMD FX-4300
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 or similar
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 15 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX®-compatible
  • Internet connection and DirectX 12 compatible PC required.

Assuming you meet these requirements, here's what you can try next.

Check The Servers

It's almost certainly the case that the issue is linked to the servers being unable to cope with demand. So therefore, the best thing to try and do, is to find a server which isn't too busy.

The server browser can help with this, by indicating which servers have relatively few players on them. Be aware though, that there can sometimes be a delay between players joining a server and the numbers being updated. As a result, a server may look quiet when it is in fact already busy.

If this is the case, simply try another server until you find one which works for you.

One other option to think about is to use a VPN. This will potentially allow you to access servers in a different region, which can be effective if your region is substantially busier. If you are already using a VPN, then try disabling it, to see whether this makes a difference.

What Is The Arma Reforger Connection Failed Error?

The connection failed error is a pretty straightforward one to explain. As players attempt to join a game, they get an error message saying that "connection has failed/internal error has occurred". As a result, those players are unable to access the game they have just tried to join.

The reason this appears to be happening is almost certainly down to server capacity. As we mentioned earlier, the game is currently available as an early access version. This means it is more of a 'test' version than a fully-formed, complete game.

The second point to bear in mind is that with almost any new game, there is a surge in traffic when it first becomes available. So it isn't a huge surprise to see server-related problems emerge in the days and weeks following a game launch.

It is this, that is most likely behind the connection failed error. Put simply, the servers simply can't cope with the number of people who are trying to access the game at one time, leading to some of those players being ejected.

While it may be irritating if this error hits you, at least it's reasonably easy to explain, and the solutions are relatively simple as well. While we can't guarantee that they will work (ultimately we can't control server capacity) the hope is that over time, traffic on the servers will stabilise, capacity will increase, and the connection failed error will be nothing but a distant memory.

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