Due to the espionage case against two of the Arma III developers, developer Bohemia Interactive announced that they will be changing the name of the main island where the game takes place from Lemnos to Altis. Lemnos is the real-world name of the island that the two developers, Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar, were arrested in during September.
The two developers were held for 129 days before being released on bail early this month. Bohemia insisted that the two were merely on vacation, though the upcoming trail will decided their fate, which could lead to 20 years in jail if convicted. It is not clear though if this punishment is still a possibility if the two are found guilty.
“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.”
Joris-Jan van’t Land, lead designer of Arma III, has commented saying that the island was never meant to be an exact copy of its 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.”