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ArmA Developers Arrested While Scouting Military Base [UPDATED]

Company confirms two employees arrested, other details remain vague.

ArmA has always been a respected series, but zombie mod Day Z has given it a huge spotlight.
ArmA has always been a respected series, but zombie mod Day Z has given it a huge spotlight.

UPDATED: Bohemia Interactive has released a new statement about today's developments, which I've featured in full below.

"We can confirm that two Bohemia Interactive employees, our colleagues and friends, were arrested during their holiday trip to Lemnos. They visited the island with the sole purpose of experiencing the island's beautiful surroundings.

Since its establishment in 1999, Bohemia Interactive has created games based only upon publicly available information. We always respect the law and we've never instructed anybody to violate the laws of any country. The same is true for Arma 3.

Currently, all our effort goes towards supporting the guys over there, as well as their friends and families affected by this difficult situation. We sincerely hope that this is an unfortunate misunderstanding of their passion as artists and creators of virtual worlds."

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Two employees from ArmA III developer Bohemia Interactive have been arrested while undergoing research for its upcoming game, reports Greek news organization News 247.

The two employees, ages 28 and 33, were not named, but were apparently scouting a military base and taking photos on the Greek island of Lemnos. The location was to be a setting for ArmA III.

Bohemia Interactive CEO Marek Spanel confirmed the reports on the game’s official message board.

“This is true,” said Spanel.

“We prefer this topic not to be discussed on our forums atm [at the moment],” he continued, “at least until we know more specific details about the case so I am going to close this topic and our moderators are going to close any related dicussion [sic] here, thank you for understanding.”

The ArmA series has received an enormous amount of attention in the last few months, thanks to the spectacular and surprising rise of the Day Z mod, built upon the last game, ARMA2.

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