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Arma 3’s fictional island “Limnos” is being renamed “Altis,” developer Bohemia Interactive announced.

The name change is the direct result of the debacle in which two Bohemia Interactive employees were detained in Greece and charged with espionage. “Limnos,” they felt, was a little too similar to the Greek island “Lemnos.”

“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. For us, ‘Altis’ echoes the Mediterranean heart of our island, but differentiates it from any undesired real-life connotations.”

Arma 3 is expected sometime this year. According to the press release, “more precise details” will be announced this month.

Arma 3 Devs Rename Fictional Island to Avoid ‘Undesired Real-Life Connotations’

By | 02/3/2013 11:42 AM PT

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Arma 3’s fictional island “Limnos” is being renamed “Altis,” developer Bohemia Interactive announced.

The name change is the direct result of the debacle in which two Bohemia Interactive employees were detained in Greece and charged with espionage. “Limnos,” they felt, was a little too similar to the Greek island “Lemnos.”

“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. For us, ‘Altis’ echoes the Mediterranean heart of our island, but differentiates it from any undesired real-life connotations.”

Arma 3 is expected sometime this year. According to the press release, “more precise details” will be announced this month.

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