Fix: Arma Reforger Multiplayer Not Working Issue

Arma Reforger is one of the latest action simulation strategic FPS video games in the market right now that has been launched recently in May 2022 for the Windows platform. Though developers and publishers Bohemia Interactive did really well with the game, it haven’t received that much of positive reviews yet on Steam. Meanwhile, some Arma Reforger players are experiencing the multiplayer not working issue while trying to connect to the game servers.

If you’re also facing the same issue then you can follow this troubleshooting guide completely to resolve it. According to several reports, it seems that plenty of unfortunate players are encountering this particular issue. If in case, you’re facing the ‘can’t connect to the network’ or ‘unable to communicate with the server at this time’ or even ‘request timed out’ error while getting into the multiplayer mode then don’t worry as it can be fixed manually.

Fix: Arma Reforger Multiplayer Not Working Issue

Fix: Arma Reforger Multiplayer Not Working Issue

If we talk about the multiplayer not working issue or can’t join the game server online issue then we should mention that the particular issue may happen at your end due to multiple possible reasons. Sometimes issues with the poor internet connectivity, game server-related technical faults, issues with the game files, temporary glitches with the PC, DNS cache-related conflicts, etc can trigger the multiplayer not working issue a lot. Now, you can jump into it.

Here we’ve shared our in-depth video tutorial for the same. So, you can check it if you want.

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1. Reboot the Arma Reforger Game

First of all, you should try restarting the game properly on your PC to check whether the problem has been fixed or not. Sometimes a normal reboot of the game can resolve multiple glitches or cache data issues. If not, you should reboot the PC too.

2. Run the game as an administrator

The next thing you can do is to just give the proper admin access to your specific game executable file from the installed game folder to allow all the ongoing connections easily. To do so:

  • Right-click on Arma Reforger exe shortcut file on your PC.
  • Now, select Properties > Click on the Compatibility tab.

  • Make sure to click on the Run this program as an administrator checkbox to checkmark it.
  • Click on Apply and select OK to save changes.

If you’re using the Steam launcher on your PC to play the Arma Reforger game then make sure to do the same steps for your Steam client to allow the admin access.

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3. Check Arma Reforger Server Status

It’s also highly recommended to check out the Arma Reforger server status at that moment whether the game servers are having some issue with the downtime or maintenance. You should follow the official @ArmaPlatform Twitter handle for all the server-related info directly from the developers. You can also get to know whether other players are facing the same issue as you or not. So, following the page, and enabling notifications will come in handy.

If there is an outage with the server, you should keep waiting for at least a couple of hours before jumping into the game again. If in case, there is no server issue then make sure to follow the next method.

4. Check your Internet Connection

You should try checking out the internet network status at your end because a slow internet speed or an unstable signal strength can also trigger multiple issues with the multiplayer mode. Connecting to the game server will always require a good internet network. If you’re using a wired (ethernet) connection then try switching to Wi-Fi or vice versa to cross-check the issue. You can also try using a different Wi-Fi network or a mobile data hotspot to ensure it.

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5. Don’t Use a VPN or Proxy Server

Try not to use any VPN apps or proxy servers on your PC or even with your Wi-Fi router because it may occur server connectivity issues a lot. Though VPNs are useful for accessing geo-restricted content or game servers, it eventually increases server connectivity time or you can say high latency whatsoever. Higher ping or latency can trigger server connectivity errors, request timed out, can’t connect to the servers, can’t join multiplayer mode, etc issues.

6. Update Arma Reforger

It’s also suggested to check for the available game update if you haven’t updated your game version for a while. An outdated game version or a specific patch version may have some bugs or stability issues whatsoever. You should install the latest update of the game (if available). To do so:

  • Open the Steam client > Go to Library > Click on Arma Reforger from the left pane.
  • It’ll automatically search for the available update. If there is an update available, make sure to click on Update.
  • It may take some time to install the update > Once done, make sure to close the Steam client.
  • Finally, reboot your PC to apply changes and launch the game again.

7. Verify and Repair Game Files

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Sometimes a corrupted or missing game files on the PC may also cause several conflicts with the game launching or even joining the multiplayer mode. You should always verify and repair the game files via the Steam launcher by following the steps below to ensure there is no issue with the installed game files.

  • Launch Steam > Click on Library.
  • Right-click on Arma Reforger from the list of installed games.
  • Now, click on Properties > Go to Local Files.

  • Click on Verify Integrity of Game Files.
  • You’ll have to wait for the process until it gets completed.
  • Once done, just restart your computer.

8. Set Correct Date and Time

It becomes common these days that an incorrect date & time configuration on your Windows PC may trigger the server connectivity issue with the games. Depending on the selected region and its time format, you may face multiplayer not working issue if the configuration isn’t set properly. To do so:

  • Press the Windows + I keys to open Settings.
  • Click on Time & Language from the left pane > Click on Date & Time.
  • Here make sure to select the actual Timezone as per your country.
  • You can click on Sync Now to automatically set the time & date.
  • Now, manually adjust the time & date as per your selected region.
  • Once done, you should enable the Set time automatically option.
  • Finally, reboot the PC to apply changes.

9. Enable BattleEye Service

Well, BattleEye is one of the popular in-game anti-cheat software that automatically detects and blocks unauthorized access to the game servers apart from preventing hacking, cheating, banning players, and more. So, you should enable and restart the BattleEye service on the Windows PC to ensure the in-game anti-cheat system isn’t blocking your ongoing connection. To do that:

  • Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog box.
  • Now, type services.msc and hit Enter to open Services.
  • Here you’ll have to find out the BattleEye Service from the list.
  • Double-click on the BattleEye Service > Select Automatic from the Startup Type.
  • Then click on Start to enable this service > Next, click on Restart Service from the left pane.
  • Once done, make sure to reboot the PC to apply changes.

10. Whitelist the Arma Reforger Game to Antivirus

It’s also worth mentioning to allow the game exe file to the antivirus software or you can say whitelist the game file to properly run it on the PC. Aggressive antivirus software can eventually block the doubtful game files to run and connect to the game in multiplayer. To do it:

  • Press the Windows + I keys to open Settings.
  • Click on Privacy & Security from the left pane.
  • Click on Windows Security > Go to Virus & threat protection.
  • Go to Manage Ransomware Protection from the bottom of the page.
  • Make sure to Enable the Controlled folder access toggle > Now, go to Firewall & network protection.
  • Then select Allow an app through firewall > Here click on Change settings.
  • Click on the Allow another app… button and click on Browse.
  • You’ll have to add the specific ArmaReforger.exe application file from the installed game directory.
  • Once selected, click on Open then click on Add > Finally, try launching the game and joining in multiplayer.

11. Enable Windows Auto Tuning

You should always keep the Windows Auto Tuning feature enabled on your PC. Window Auto-Tuning feature is a program to automatically improve the performance of programs that receive TCP data over a network. To do so:

  • Click on the Windows icon from the taskbar to open the Start Menu.
  • Now, type cmd > Search for Command Prompt.
  • Right-click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator. If prompted by UAC, click on Yes to proceed.
  • Once the command prompt window appears, just copy-paste the following command line then hit Enter to execute it:
netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=normal
  • You’ll receive the ‘OK’ message then head over to the next method. Don’t close the command prompt window.

12. Flush DNS Cache and Reset IP Config

Make sure to flush the DNS cache on your computer to easily remove stored cache files related to the internet configuration. It can also help the PC and the internet settings to freshly connect with the game servers without any corrupted or older cache data. To do that:

  • Press the Windows key on the keyboard to open the Start menu > Type Command Prompt and search for it.
  • Now, right-click on Command Prompt > Select Run as administrator.
  • Click on Yes to run with the admin access > Once the command prompt window opens, type the following command and hit Enter:
ipconfig /flushdns
  • A successful message will appear > Close the command prompt window.
  • Once done, make sure to run the following command line by copy-pasting and pressing the Enter key one by one:
ipconfig /release

ipconfig /renew

netsh winsock reset

netsh int ip reset

netsh interface ipv4 reset

netsh interface ipv6 reset

netsh interface tcp reset
  • Once all is done, you should reboot the PC to apply changes.

13. Disable Proxy Manually (If Applicable)

Try turning off the Proxy server on your Windows PC if you’re using it. Just like the VPN service, a proxy server can conflict with the online game servers while connecting. To disable proxy:

  • Press the Windows + I keys to open Settings.
  • Click on Network & Internet from the left pane.
  • Go to Proxy > Make sure to Turn OFF Proxy Server Settings.
  • You should also turn off the Automatically detect settings toggle.
  • Now, you can try launching the Arma Reforger game, and connecting to the multiplayer mode to check for the issue.

14. Run the Network Troubleshooter

Sometimes issues with the networking connectivity on your PC might not get detected easily. In that scenario, the Windows system offers the inbuilt internet troubleshooting option that you can try by following the steps below:

  • Press the Windows + I keys to open Settings.
  • Click on System from the left pane.
  • Now, click on Troubleshoot > Go to Other troubleshooters.
  • Here you’ll find a list of troubleshooting options. Just find out the Internet Connections option.
  • Click on the Run button next to the Internet Connections option.
  • Wait for the system troubleshooting process to complete.
  • If nothing is found problematic then make sure to click on Run troubleshooter for Network Adapter too.
  • Again if you found something conflicting with the internet connection or your networking adapter then you should update it by following the next method which is important.

15. Update Network Adapter

You should also try checking for the network adapter update and installing the update (if available) on your PC. An outdated or corrupted networking adapter driver may conflict with the ongoing connections that can trigger multiplayer not working issues. To do so:

  • Right-click on the Start Menu to open up the Quick Access Menu.
  • Click on Device Manager from the list.
  • Now, double-click on the Network adapters category to expand the list.
  • Then right-click on the specific networking device that you’re using.
  • Select Update driver > Choose Search automatically for drivers.
  • If there is an update available, it’ll automatically download and install the latest version.
  • Once done, make sure to reboot your computer to change the effects.

However, if there is no update available then make sure to manually download and install the latest version of the networking driver on your computer directly from the official website. Well, head over to the specific manufacturer’s website of your laptop or networking device and then proceed respective to the particular model number (if any). Once downloaded, just run the file and complete the installation process. Finally, reboot the PC to apply changes.

16. Update Windows

You should also check for the available Windows update on your computer because Microsoft keeps releasing a new security patch update or the cumulative feature update to the latest Windows OS version quite often. If in case, you haven’t updated your Windows system for a while then make sure to follow the steps below to do so. An outdated or corrupted system version may conflict with the game launching or connecting to the game servers.

  • Press Windows + I keys to open up the Windows Settings menu.
  • Next, click on Update & Security > Select Check for updates under the Windows Update section.Windows Update Windows 11
  • If there is a feature update available, select Download and install.
  • It may take a while to complete the update.
  • Once done, restart your computer to install the update.

17. Check for Optional Updates

Last but not the least, if you found nothing on the Windows Update page to be installed then don’t worry. Sometimes Microsoft pushes a feature update or any kind of optional update to a separate location that most users don’t even know so far. You should also check for the optional updates by following the steps below to ensure there is no driver or security patch update pending. To do that:

  • Press Windows + I keys to open up the Windows Settings menu.
  • Click on Windows Update from the left pane > Click on Advanced Options.
  • Now, scroll down a bit, and you’ll find the Additional options section.
  • Click on Optional updates > If there is an update available, make sure to select the update.
  • Click on Download & install > Once the update is installed, reboot the system.
  • Finally, you can launch the Arma Reforger game on the PC to check if the multiplayer mode not working issue is still troubling you or not.

That’s it, guys. We assume this guide was helpful to you. For further queries, you can comment below.

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