Bohemia Interactive has changed the name of the main Arma 3 island to Altis.
The developer hopes that the new name reflects 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 emphasise the fictional nature of the game,” it said.
The events being referred to are the arrest and subsequent 129 day jailing of Bohemia employees Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar, who were were charged with espionage after being arrested for taking photographs and film of military installations on the island of Lemnos.
The pair were recently released on bail.
“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,” said Arma 3 project lead Joris-Jan van ‘t Land.
“The resulting fictional environment is often close to its inspiration, but it’s never exactly the same – nor would we want it to be.”
According to Bohemia, Lemnos substitute Atlis was created based on publicly or commercially available data.
Arma 3 is expected to launch on PC later this year.