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Arma 3 renames main island to avoid "undesired real-life connotations"

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Bohemia Interactive are renaming the main island of Arma 3 to Altis. According to their press release, Bohemia hope that the new name will reflect the Mediterranean identity of the island, but, "distinguishes it from the real-world Greek island of Lemnos, which has served as the main source of inspiration."

"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." Those recent events, of course, being the 129 day detainment of Bohemia employees Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar, now released on bail.


Bailed Bohemia developers return home after nearly 130 days in jail

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Bohemia Interactive developers Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar, both of who were detained and jailed in Greece for nearly four months on charges of espionage, have returned to the Czech Republic today after posting a €5,000 bail ($6,672).


Arma 3's imprisoned developers free on bail

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Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar, the two Bohemia Interactive developers detained and imprisoned on suspicion of espionage during a holiday to Greece, have been freed on bail this morning. Once paid, the pair will be free to return to the Czech Republic.


Detained Bohemia developers denied appeal, must stand trial

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The end date for Greece's strike within its justice system has come and gone, but Bohemia Interactive developers Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar remain jailed in what the studio called "an unmitigated disaster" after both men were charged with espionage while on the Greek island of Lemnos. In a report by Czech news site Rozhlas, a Greek court dismissed Buchta and Pezlar's petition to appeal and denied bail, effectively sealing a required trial with a sentence up to 20 years for a guilty verdict.


Interview: Arma 3 developers' jailing is "a real nightmare for all involved," says Bohemia

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It's been 36 days since Bohemia Interactive confirmed that two of its developers had been arrested during their trip to the Greek island of Lemnos. Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar face up to 20 years in prison for charges of spying, which they continue to deny. And now, a strike in Greece's judicial system is impeding any progress in their case.

To get an update on Ivan and Martin, I spoke with Jay Crowe, Creative Director at Bohemia, about the imprisonment of two of his friends and colleagues.


Greek strikes stall Bohemia devs' release

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ARMA 3 developers Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar, detained in Greece on spying charges for over a month, are facing delays due to a strike in the Greek justice system. GamesIndustry International reports that the strikes are "indefinite," and will last until at least October 20 according to Butcha's and Pezlar's lawyer. Other sources put the earliest end date at October 31. Bohemia interactive, as we reported previously, asserts that the two devs were merely on vacation on the island of Lemnos, the setting for ARMA 3, and the Greek government had already approved the studio to take reference pictures for rebuilding the island in the game.