Cover art of ARMA 3
|Engine||Real Virtuality 4|
|Genre(s)||Military simulation, tactical shooter, open world|
|Media/distribution||Optical disc, Digital distribution|
ARMA 3 (stylized as ARMA III) is an open world tactical shooter video game being developed by Bohemia Interactive. It is expected to be released in Q3 2013. ARMA 3's storyline takes place in the mid-2030s during the fictional Operation Magnitude, a military operation launched by NATO forces fighting in Europe against "Eastern armies" led by a resurgent Iran.
ARMA 3 is set in the near-future, during the mid-2030s, where NATO forces deployed in the Greek islands of the Aegean Sea are trying to hold off a massive Iranian military offensive from the east. During the singleplayer campaign, the player will take the role of a British Special Forces soldier, Captain Scott Miller. Initially, the player must survive on their own after friendly forces are defeated in a failed NATO operation. During the campaign, the player will face everything from lone wolf infiltration missions to the commanding of large scale armored operations. The player will be able to choose different objectives and weaponry (such as UAVs, artillery, and air support) according to their play style.
ARMA 3 takes place on the Aegean islands of Altis (formerly Lemnos) and Stratis of Greece, in the Mediterranean Sea. They will feature photo-realistic terrain and water environments. Altis will be the largest official terrain in the Arma series with ground area covering approximately 270 km². The smaller island, Stratis, will expand over an area of 20 km². The islands will feature over 50 villages with buildings that are both enterable and destroyable.
- Enhanced mission editor
- Support for DirectX 10 and DirectX 11
- 20 km view distance
- Ragdoll physics
- Physics enabled vehicle handling and environmental objects (PhysX 3)
- Underwater environments, vehicles and diving
- Weapon and uniform customization
- Volumetric clouds
- Render to Texture
- Improved lighting engine
- Support for Java
- Improved flight model from Take On Helicopters
- Support for six degrees of freedom
An Alpha version of the game was released on March 5, 2013, allowing players to experience the game during development, as well as assist in development by reporting bugs and giving feedback on their experience. The Beta is slated for release in Q2 2013
Espionage arrests 
The Greek media reported on September 10, 2012 that two Czechs were arrested on Lemnos and charged with espionage. According to Greek media reports, the two men claimed to be working for Bohemia Interactive in an official capacity, recording videos and taking photographs for the development of ARMA 3. They were identified David Zapletal and Pavel Guglava, although it was later confirmed that the two were in fact Martin Pezlar and Ivan Buchta. The duo's employee status under Bohemia Interactive has been confirmed, but the company has later officially stated that they were on the island "with the sole purpose of experiencing the island's beautiful surroundings".
Under Greek law taking photographs of military installations and the like is strictly prohibited for reasons of national security and that the issue of this game causing potential threats to Greek national security had been brought officially to the Greek Parliament and discussed therein already in 2011.
After the arrest incident, Bohemia Interactive has shut down access to one of the threads on their official forums, titled Greek Military, which was created on August 1, 2012. Thereafter, Bohemia Interactive have made several statements regarding the situation on their official forums, discussing legal matters and warning users regarding the problems arising from the photographing of Greek military installations.
On January 15, 2013, the arrested developers were released from jail after being subject to 128 days in custody.
Iranian government ban 
Map name change 
As a result of the arrest incident of two Bohemia Interactive employees, on February 2, 2013, Bohemia Interactive announced that the name of the main island "Lemnos" would change to "Altis", stating "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 Joris-Jan van ‘t Land, project lead on Arma 3. “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."
Lemnos was chosen as the inspiration of the ARMA 3 title after Bohemia Interactive CEO Marek Spanel visited the island on vacation. The name change, according to Bohemia Interactive, is meant to emphasize that the game is fiction. The smaller ARMA 3 island named “Stratis” will be keeping its name.
See also 
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- "Arma 3 - Official Website". Retrieved November 29, 2011.
- "Interview: Bohemia Talk Arma 3, Modding, Day Z". Retrieved November 26, 2012.
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- "Arma 3 renames main island to avoid undesired real-life connotations". Retrieved February 1, 2013.
- "Interview: Bohemia Talk Arma 3, Modding, Day Z". Retrieved June 14, 2012.
- "Interview: Arma 3 Creative Director Discusses Authenticity, Accessibilty and Confirms DX11". Retrieved September 27, 2011.
- "ARMA 3: PhysX, Forum". Retrieved September 3, 2012.
- "Κατηγορούμενοι για κατασκοπεία δύο Τσέχοι που συνελήφθησαν στη Λήμνο (translation: Two Czech nationals arrested on Lemnos accused of espionage)". In.gr. September 10, 2012. Retrieved September 11, 2012.
- "Greek police arrest two Czech men over suspected spying". ceskenoviny.cz. September 11, 2012. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
- "Κατασκοπία, παιχνίδι ή και τα δυο; (translation: Epsionage, game or both?)". To Proto Thema. September 11, 2012. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
- "Game makers arrested over alleged spying in Greece". BBC. September 13, 2012. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
- 1.(Greek) Penal Code, article 149;in Greek : Ποινικός Κώδικας, άρθρο 149,
2.(Greek) Compulsory Law 376/1936;in Greek with title,date and index details: Αναγκαστικός Νόμος 376/1936 «Περί μέτρων ασφαλείας οχυρών θέσεων», ΦΕΚ 546, Τεύχος Α', 18/12/1936 and
3.(Greek) Legislative Decree 397/1947; in Greek with title,date and index details: Νομοθετικό διάταγμα 397/1947 «Περί προσθήκης διατάξεων εις το άρθρον 1 του Α.Ν. 376/1936 «περί μέτρων ασφαλείας οχυρών θέσεων»», ΦΕΚ 181, Τεύχος Α', 21/08/1947.
- "Πεδίο μάχης η Λήμνος στο ARMA 3 (translation: Lemnos a battlefield in ARMA 3)". I Kathimerini. October 25, 2011. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
- "ArmA 3 Devs Accused Of Espionage In Greece". GameFront. September 11, 2012. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
- "ArmA dev confirms: staff arrested, accused of spying by Greek authorities". Eurogamer. September 11, 2012. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
- "Iran denies licence to ArmA III computer game". trend.az. September 19, 2012. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
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