On September 11, news got out that two ArmA developers had been arrested by Greek authorities, and today, Bohemia Interactive Studio are hoping to set some records straight.
Initial rumors suggested the Greeks thought the fellows spies because they'd been photographing and video recording a military facility for the upcoming ArmA III. Not true, according to Bohemia. The two developers -- Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar -- were apparently just visiting Lemnos Island as tourists, like so many other visitors. They were interested in the island after working on ArmA 3 for two years, and whatever photos or videos they took were of public areas.
A brief description of what they photographed/recorded follows, as described by Bohemia:
These included a short video as they drove through the main road passing around the international airport, where in one short part of the video off in the distance some hangars and other buildings of the complex can be seen. It's very likely that many tourists may have pictures similar to those taken by Ivan and Martin in their own family albums, without being aware that they put themselves or their families at risk.
To clarify, the two men visited Lemnos on holiday as tourists, never entered any military area, and didn't take photos to use as material for ArmA 3.
Bohemia pointed out that while ArmA 3 does feature a similar facility, it's a far cry from the real-life Lemnos. In fact, the fictional rendition was rescaled "to only 75% of the real island, and it does not attempt to display any real world military installations situated on the island of Lemnos."
As of now, Buchta and Pezlar are still being held by Greek authorities. They had a joint statement of their own:
"The conditions are tough, but the people we meet treat us fairly and correctly. It is all a completely absurd misunderstanding that will certainly be quickly explained. We mainly think of you, our families; you have to stay calm and not to worry about us. We hope we will meet soon."
We can only imagine how terrifying the whole ordeal is for the two men and hope everything can be worked out quickly.