Previously expected to kick off a closed beta this month, developer Bohemia Interactive has now announced that their ambitiously authentic military shooter sequel ArmA 3 now has a new release window of 2013, not getting any more specific than the full year.
In a status update blog post, Bohemia's Josi-Jan van't Land explained that the "additional development time enables the project to reach its full potential, with the studio expecting to finalize their release plans in the new year."
"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”, referring to the detainment of two Bohemia Interactive employees in Greece. Both were arrested on suspicion of espionage while spending their holiday on Lemnos - an island that served as inspiration for the environment in Arma 3. They have since remained in jail pending legal proceedings. "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."
A "more complete announcement" about matters is expected early in the new year.