ArmA 3 has been pushed back from its projected release date in early 2013, developer Bohemia Interactive announced Thursday. ArmA 3 is still coming in 2013, the developer confirmed in a press release, but a release window is currently unknown.
The developer also announced that Joris-Jan van ‘t Land has taken over the role of ArmA 3‘s project lead, a position that was left vacant when Daniel Musil left Bohemia Interactive in order to pursue “other opportunities.”
If there’s one thing that had an impact on ArmA 3‘s development, it was the arresting of Bohemia Interactive employees Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar.
Both Buchta and Pezlar were arrested while visiting the Greek island of Lemnos, a location that was being used as inspiration for ArmA 3‘s map. The two were faced with espionage charges after allegedly taking photos of military installations. The two are currently awaiting trial following their appeal being denied.
“We’ve been in the process of implementing changes that will help us innovate as a studio under unexpected circumstances – facing problems we simply couldn’t have imagined”, van ‘t Land said in a press release.
“We’re still trying to make sense of the situation and hope that our colleagues will be released soon. Although their plight has certainly affected us on a personal level, we continue working on the tasks identified as key to the release of Arma 3.”
Bohemia Interactive says that it hopes to have more information on ArmA 3, including a release date — or at least a window — shortly after the beginning of 2013.