Bohemia Interactive has announced it has renamed the main island in the upcoming ArmA III. The new name, Atlis, is fictional, and was chosen to make it clear that this is not the real-world island of Lemnos.
Lemnos was the main source of inspiration for Atlis, and where two Bohemia Interactive employees were taking a holiday when they were arrested and detained for 129 days on suspicion of espionage. The previous name, Limnos, cuts a little too close for the team to feel comfortable with now, conjuring “undesired real-life connotations”.
Bohemia has been adamant that the pair weren’t even gathering reference material; it says it designed the 350km² Atlis map based on commercially and publicly available data about Lemnos, and chose the island after CEO Marek Spanel visited it on holiday several years ago.
ArmA III is due sometime in 2013 (Bohemia hopes to let us know precisely when later this month) and will also contain a second, much smaller island called Stratis.
Source: Press release