Bohemia Interactive Changes Arma III Main Island Name in Wake of Greek Espionage Drama

Bohemia is changing the name of the main island in its upcoming military shooter simulation, Arma III, GameSpot reports. The name change for the island from Lemnos to Altis is in direct response to the espionage charges two of its employees faced in Greece. The duo were recently released after spending 129-days in a Greek jail.

Lemnos, the original name of the main island, is the real-world name of the island on which Bohemia employees Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar were arrested in September of 2012 on espionage charges after allegedly photographing and videotaping a military base nearby.

Bohemia has maintained the duo's innocence, claiming that they were on a site seeing vacation, but an upcoming trial will ultimately determine how things play out.

"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," the company said in a statement. "A secondary, significantly smaller island in Arma III, ‘Stratis’ (approx. 20 km²), will keep its name."

Arma III project lead Joris-Jan van 't Land went on to say that the island was never meant to be an exact copy of the real-world location.

"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," he said. "The resulting fictional environment is often close to its inspiration, but it's never exactly the same–nor would we want it to be. For us, 'Altis' echoes the Mediterranean heart of our island, but differentiates it from any undesired real-life connotations."

Arma III, which was scheduled for release in the early part of this year, will be released in December.

Source: GameSpot

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