Arrests in Greece dampened enthusiasm for real-world setting, says dev
The developer behind upcoming military simulator Arma III, Bohemia Interactive, has announced it will change the name of the main island in its game. While the game aims to offer realistic military gameplay in a sandbox setting, Bohemia wants to differentiate its title from real world locations.
The main island in Arma III will now be named Altis, changed from its previous name Limnos, a real island in the Aegean Sea. Arma III project lead, Joris-Jan van ‘t Land, explained the change when he said, “For us, ‘Altis’ echoes the Mediterranean heart of our island, but differentiates it from any undesired real-life connotations.”
The decision comes in the wake of two Bohemia employees being arrested and detained for 129 days under accusations of espionage on the Greek island of Lemnos. The company insists the two were on vacation, and not gathering information for use in the game.
Bohemia backed up its decision with an official statement, “In view of recent events, the team no longer feels passionate about using the previous name, ‘Limnos’, and hopes that the new identity, ‘Altis’, will help emphasize the fictional nature of the game.”
This echoes van ‘t Land’s statements, as he went on to say, “As part of the creative process, our virtual environments are often rooted in real-life locations and, during development, they evolve and grow along with our design. The resulting fictional environment is often close to its inspiration, but it’s never exactly the same – nor would we want it to be.”
Arma III is scheduled to release on PC sometime in 2013.
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