By now, you're probably familiar with the story of Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar, the two Bohemia Interactive developers who were arrested on charges of espionage and detained in Greece for over 120 days. If this is news to you, let's take a quick look at the story.
Buchta and Pezlar visited Greece on vacation, checking out the island of Lemnos in the Aegean Sea. It is important to note that ArmA 3 features an island in the game known as Limnos, which is inspired by the real-life island of Lemnos. While in Greece, the pair took photos and videos of a handful of publicly-accessible areas as many tourists tend to do when taking a vacation. Unfortunately, Greek officials believed the two to be international spies, sent to take photographs of private military installations. The duo were arrested on charges of espionage, which they firmly and passionately denied, and were locked up in a Greek prison. Flash forward 128 days and Buchta and Pezlar were finally released on bail and were able to return to their homes in the Czech Republic. Their trial awaits, but in the meantime, they are home safe and sound.
Now, as you might imagine, Bohemia Interactive isn't exactly pleased with the arrest and detention of two of their friends and developers for such a long, difficult time. As such, they have announced that the passion they once felt for Lemnos is gone and the island will be receiving a name change before ArmA 3 ships later this year.
The island will now be known as Altis, and Bohemia Interactive had the following to say regarding the name change:
The decision follows an incident involving the arrest of two Bohemia Interactive employees, who were spending their holidays on Lemnos. Both were detained for 129 days on suspicion of espionage. They were recently released on bail...
However, 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 rest of Bohemia's statement can be found at http://www.bistudio.com/. ArmA 3 is due out later this year and will be a PC exclusive.