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  Take On Helicopters : An interview with Lukas Milacek Official    
An interview with Lukáš Miláček,one of Bohemia Interactive's Executive Producers has been released on the BI Studio Developers blog. Here are some extracts :

Having his wings clipped today is Lukáš Milacek, who talks about modelling helicopters, discusses managing projects, and reveals the intended scale of Take On Helicopters (TKOH)
...
Scale of the Project

Take On Helicopters is obviously going to require a number of different choppers, but can you give us an idea of the range or number of individual models?

Lukáš: There will be three base classes (light, medium, heavy). Each class will have at least one military - and a number of civil - variants (i.e. utility, VIP, SAR, law enforcement).

- So, will this range of helicopters have distinctive flight models, for example, can you feel the difference between any two choppers?

Lukáš: Each class should definitely have its own character. In the career/story mode, we'll allow the player to upgrade their base helicopters with more a powerful engine, fuel tanks or other components, like winches. Different engine and weight changes will impact upon the helicopter simulation, and thereby, affect the flight experience.
We also have consultants - professional pilots that fly those whirlwinds in real life - to help us in tweaking the flight models.

- What about 'skins' for the models? Do you plan to have a range of liveries and will players be able to define their own custom variants?

Lukáš: Each model will have at least a few skin variants built in for the editor. If there's time, we may try to add support for easy custom skins. This might be similar to the way players can choose faces in the Arma series.
We've got a lot of ideas, but - whatever we're able to achieve - our game will, of course, be open for modifications. We've got a well-established reputation for enabling custom-made content, and this project does nothing to change that fact.



Modelling Helicopters

- What level of detail can we expect with the models? Are they more advanced than the quality seen in Arma 2?

Lukáš: These helicopter models will be more detailed than any of our previous vehicle models. Most detailed exterior LODs are made from more than 25 000 triangles. Interiors will include detailed gauges and some interactive switches, which will be operable in 3D. There will be properly animated rotors, working doors and service hatches on the exterior. We've developed more damage "hitzones" with more simulated systems and sub-parts that should also be visualised.

- What about special equipment - for example, winch systems - will these be part of the models?

Lukáš: In the story/career-mode, the player can buy equipment for his helicopter, which, in turn, opens up new gameplay opportunities. These choppers can be modified for the wide range of roles that civilian helicopters can perform and which a player might want to try. You might equip sling-load components for construction or bringing reinforcements to the battlefield. Maybe a quality leather interior for VIP transport. A larger fuel tank would increase mission range. Searchlights, FLIR cameras, winches... and so on!

However, we're not putting up any barriers to gameplay. Outside of the story-mode, single-player scenarios will put the player within a particular context with a pre-defined chopper suited to the task. We're also developing an interesting free-flight mode, built upon procedurally generating missions depending upon whatever helicopter you pick. And, of course, the editor will support a range of helicopters for players to easily create their own scenarios. But, I think I've said enough for now! More details about our gameplay will be detailed later.


Full interview an more infos on the BI Studio Developers Blog

  May 12th, 2011 - 21:14 By Old Bear   Comments (2)  

  Arma 2: Reinforcements Official    


Michal Harangozo from Bohemia Interactive has informed us about Arma 2: Reinforcements official trailer‏ release on YouTube.

Uncover the dramatic events of post-invasion Takistan - originally described in Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead - through the eyes of British Paratrooper, Brian Frost, as he fights against the dangerous insurgency for both his country and his company. Deploy a mechanized division of British Armed Forces sent to reinforce Coalition troops battling the large-scale outbreak of Guerilla insurgency, and join the Private Military Company, contracted to protect a UN weapons inspection team in Takistan.



Marek Spanel, Bohemia Interactive CEO, comments: “Developing a comprehensive and realistic sandbox military simulator is a tough job, but it´s definitely worth the effort. We don't try to draw any lines between realism and fun; we let our gameplay do the talking. Our military simulators are immersive, they are realistic and they're definitely fun. We're proud of the positive feedback from our series' fans and players, evidenced by the hundreds of superb community made addons, mods and campaigns, which are fully compatible with all versions of our games, including Arma 2: Reinforcements. The potential for gameplay really has no limits."

As a special bonus, each retail version of Arma 2: Reinforcements in Europe includes a unique printed, large map showing Takistan on the front with Shapur & The Proving Grounds terrains on the reverse. Plan your military operations in style!


  April 22nd, 2011 - 07:09 By Old Bear   Comments (3)  

  Operation Arrowhead & Reinforcements Patch 1.59 released! Official    


Dwarden of Bohemia Interactive has informed the community of the release of Patch 1.59 for Operation Arrowhead and Reinforcements.

VERSION 1.58 and 1.59 HIGHLIGHTS

* Significantly improved convoy and driving AI behaviour
* Numerous combat AI enhancements and fixes
* Enhanced vegetation rendering
* Improved commanding interface
* Several MP security fixes
* Tweaked speed of transition animations

Version 1.58-1.59 Changelog
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Engine
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* Fixed: Su-34 crashed after take off when player was a gunner (http://dev-heaven.net/issues/18371)
* Optimized: Improved FPS in some scenes when looking through scope into forest.
* Fixed: Crash after UI navigation Options > Audio Options > Auto adjust > Cancel
* Improved: Quick commanding menu now allows to order multiple units to engage or fire at the same time.
* Fixed: regularCheck no longer done for players not fully ingame to prevent timeouts during the mission loading.
* Changed: Manual vectoring control in autohover mode with analogue throttle using Flaps actions.
* Fixed: Helicopter did not take off when engine was off and enemies nearby.
* Improved: Faster Signature checks on server side.
* Improved: Only first AI unit in each formation reports its position on Report Status.


You can discuss the new patch in the BI Forums





  April 1st, 2011 - 02:02 By Wittmann   Comments (5)  

  Arma 2 Update 1.09 released ! Official    

Michal Harangozó from Bohemia Interactive, has informed us about Arma 2: version 1.09 release.

Prague, Czech Republic 23rd of March - As a continuous support of its titles, dedicated community and customers, Bohemia Interactive, the award winning independent developer, is pleased to announce the release of the latest update: Arma 2: version 1.09, which will improve even further the gaming experience of the world´s best military simulator! Amongst the variety of tweaks and improvements detailed in the attached readme file, this update focuses on a number of mission fixes.

Fixed:
I2 - mission is no longer failing before the takeoff
C1,I1 - SD pistol mags were missing
C5 - high command icons were not loaded
C6 - task waypoint for transporting important POW is fixed
C3 - smuggler not shooting
I1 - Shilka was too strong
I1 - Razor is hunting down one enemy on the whole of Chernarus
Minor fixes in (CZ/RU) dubbing protocol


This update is for all Arma 2 versions including STEAM. However for STEAM version we recommend to use STEAM update.

This is the official update for Arma 2 from 1.00 version to 1.09.
This free update is sponsored by Sprocket, the online store where you can buy all Arma 2 series titles and other games directly from the developers.




  March 24th, 2011 - 15:47 By Old Bear   Comment (0)  

  Bohemia Interactive Community Awards 2010 : Winners ! Official    


Placebo has released the Bohemia Interactive Community Awards 2010 Winners list on the BI Forums.

We're delighted to announce the winners of the 2010 Community Awards, congratulations everyone!

Best Mod / Addon Of The Year 2010
A.C.E. - Advanced Combat Environment


Best Mission / Campaign Of The Year 2010
CO20 Insurgency by Pogoman


Best User Created Movie Of The Year 2010
ArmA 2 Operation Arrowhead: Through Their Eyes by Litoshq


Best Community Website Of The Year 2010
Armaholic.com


Best Community Member Of The Year 2010
IceBreakr


Thanks to everyone who contributed through all stages of the nomination/voting process. Remember if you didn't win this year you can always put in an extra special effort and you never know, next year could be your year!

A special thanks from Bohemia Interactive to the sponsors of this year's community awards TrackIR and Rock, Paper, Shotgun.



  March 5th, 2011 - 08:32 By Old Bear   Comment (0)  

  Upcoming Arma 2: Reinforcements ! Official    



Michal Harangozó from Bohemia Interactive has informed us about the upcoming release of
Arma 2: Reinforcements, a standalone expansion pack to Arma 2. It includes already released DLCs Arma 2: British Armed Forces and Arma 2: Private Military Company, but as standalone boxed version on DVD with own multiplayer key.

Prague, Czech republic 3rd March - Bohemia Interactive, award winning independent game development studio is please to officially announce the forthcoming release of a standalone expansion pack to the military simulator Arma 2.
Reinforcements will hit the shelves in the beginning of April 2011.

Arma 2: Reinforcements brings two independent factions – British Armed Forces and Private Military Company – onto one DVD. Play it separately in non-linear campaign or join friends in multiplayer battles with up to 50 players and hundreds of AI units. Find out the sequential dramatic events of Takistan, originally described in Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead.
Deploy a mechanized division of British Armed Forces sent to reinforce Coalition troops battling a large-scale outbreak of Guerrilla insurgency, or join the Private Military Company, contracted to protect a UN weapons inspection team in Takistan.

Marek Španěl, Bohemia Interactive CEO, on the release of Arma 2: Reinforcements: “We´ve received numerous requests from our customers and the community to deliver both expansions on DVD. We´re always trying to deliver something more and here it is, new campaigns, dozens of units all completely standalone to be played solo or to be combined with our other great military simulators into one ultimate pack. And that’s not forgetting the hundreds of superb community made addons/mods/campaigns which are fully compatible with all versions of our games including Arma 2: Reinforcements”

As a special bonus, each retail version of Arma 2: Reinforcements in Europe includes a unique printed, large map showing Takistan on the front with Shapur & The Proving Grounds on the reverse. Plan your military operations in style!

Arma 2: Reinforcements will be deployed exclusively for PC starting April 1st 2011. It will be available for EUR 29.99.


  March 3rd, 2011 - 14:55 By Old Bear   Comments (5)  

  Community Awards 2010 - finals Official    


Bohemia Interactive Community Awards 2010 update from ArmA2 official website.

Bohemia Interactive in collaboration with NaturalPoint and RockPaperShotgun.com is pleased to deliver you the latest update regarding the 2010 Community Awards.

The voting stage for the Community Awards is opened now and stage lasts until February 28th 2011 12:00PM CET!


News submitted by zenger.

  February 3rd, 2011 - 21:15 By Old Bear   Comment (0)  

  Bohemia Interactive Community Awards 2010 Official    


Michal Harangozó has informed us about Bohemia Interactive Community Awards 2010 event launch.

Prague, Czech Republic, January 4th 2011 - Bohemia Interactive together with Natural Point and RockPaperShotgun.com are today pleased to announce the start of the next of its annual event celebrating the creativeness of Bohemia’s projects community: Bohemia Interactive Community Awards 2010 which invites the extensive Arma and Arma 2 community to nominate and vote for their favorite fan made content.

The three phase awards event starts on today with the nominations and continues with a voting phase in February 2011. Subscribers can nominate their favorite community created piece of work for Arma or Arma 2 (inc expansion/DLC specific mod content) till Midnight CET, January 31st 2011. Winners will be announced in the first two weeks of March 2011. Bohemia Interactive Community Awards 2010 consists of the following categories:

* Best MOD/Addon Of The Year

* Best Mission/Campaign Of The Year


* Best Website Of The Year


* Best Member Of The Year


* Best Video Of The Year

Marek Spanel, Bohemia’s CEO, explains: "Last time around it was a great success. It proves to us that Community Awards are the right kind of event to support the Arma 2 enthusiasts and help them spread the word of mouth about our projects. We would like to continue giving their great work more recognition beyond the usual hardcore community and use this opportunity to introduce the huge size of our Armaversum, as well as the unlimited gaming opportunities brought by the complex yet easy to use mission editor. Thanks to our dedicated community we are able to continue our work of adding and improving the library of military simulations available!”

All details inluding the competition´s conditions are described at Bohemia´s homepage at www.bistudio.com and on Arma 2 website at www.arma2.com


Thanks to Zenger.


Source : http://www.arma2.com/
  January 4th, 2011 - 17:40 By Old Bear   Comments (3)  

  The Sprocket Idea New Year sale is under way ! Official    
Placebo has informed the community about Sprocket Idea New Year sale on the Bi Forums.


The Sprocket Idea New Year Sale is under way on www.sprocketidea.com

Incredible savings through the whole Armaversum:

A2PMC - 30%
A2BAF - 40%
A2CO - 50%
A2OA - 60%
A2 - 75%

Plus 50% off all other products carried on Sprocket Idea!

Sale ends Midnight CET January 2nd 2011, so don't delay, buy now!


  January 1st, 2011 - 10:13 By Old Bear   Comment (0)  

  Patch 1.57 to Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead released! Official    

Michal Harangozó from Bohemia Interactive has informed us about Patch 1.57 for Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead release. Four new scenario missions for A2:PMC owners included.
This update is for all Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead versions except STEAM. For STEAM version use STEAM update. Arma 2:OA 1.57 update includes the PMC 1.01 update and the BAF 1.02 update.

Among other improvements and stability tweaks detailed in the attached change-log files, this update also brings new engine improvements, such as improved netcode (better locality handling), new scripting commands as well as four brand new scenario missions for owners of A2:PMC. One showcase and three distinctive single-player missions add extra weight to PMC's substantial co-op campaign playable content:

- Infiltration - Sneak under the cover of darkness to destroy a rocket artillery test site.
- Reaction - Battle through the mist to recover missing clients.
- Provision - Take to the air to deliver a crucial cargo drop for UN troops in central Takistan.
- Showcase - Enjoy the diversity of the PMC faction in a showcase mission.




  December 27th, 2010 - 16:44 By Old Bear   Comment (0)  

  New ingame PMC video released Official    

Michal Harangozó from Bohemia Interactive Studios has informed us about [b new interview and Military Company showcase trailer [/b] releases.

... the video trailer looks amazing depicting the various weather conditions and new gameplay elements due to the terrain disparity (not as much usual in previous Arma 2 titles)... .



Marek Spanel, Bohemia's CEO comments "This new terrain demonstrates the genuine diversity offered by Arma 2's environments, including detailed features like deep ditches and craters. It may not be as vast as our other, massive maps, but it has been crafted with care and precision - and offers a distinctive set of new gameplay possibilities."


Extracts from Interview with Bohemia Interactive's Brno Studio, Lead Artist David Zapletal :

Proving Grounds Questions

Arma 2: Private Military Company (PMC) introduced a new environment to the Armaverse, the 'Proving Grounds'. What was the concept and inspiration behind this work?

Dave: PMC's Proving Grounds initially started as something of a 'proving grounds' for learning new techniques associated with the creation of environments - it's the first map created entirely by the Brno team. Once we learned that the PMC DLC required an environment depicting a secret military testing facility in North-west Takistan, we knew that - with some creative endeavour - we could to re-work our prototype terrain into a spectacular playable environment. Based upon the requirements, we wished to create something with more of a desolate feeling, as compared to the usual environments to be found in our games.

We drew inspiration from photos of an abandoned military airfield in Milovice, gathered pictures from several post-apocalyptic LARP games organized by one of our designers and were influenced by some other sources that we liked, such as the recent film, The Road (2009). We like the aesthetic of the creepy abandoned military bases, industrial complexes and suburban brown-fields, and this passion is really evident in PMC's Proving Grounds. The feel of an abandoned place is well used in the new PMC campaign, 'Black Gauntlet', which happened to require such a place to exist somewhere in Takistan.


Read the full Report In! - Interview With The Lead Artist David Zapletal


  December 9th, 2010 - 22:19 By Old Bear   Comment (0)  

  Arma 2: Private Military Company released Official    

Arma 2: Private Military Company DLC release has been announced on the official arma2.com website. Requirements: Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead or Arma 2: Combined Operations.

Overview

One year after British and coalition armed forces successfully quelled the insurgent uprising in Takistan, the NATO Green Sea deployment is in the process of a strategic drawdown of combat troops in the region. Private military contractors shoulder the burden of the increased workload, with competition rising between the multinational organisations for lucrative security contracts. Private Military Company, ION, Inc. (formerly Black Element), successfully bid for a contract - codenamed Black Gauntlet - to provide security for a UN investigation team as they seek to piece together information regarding Takistan's abandoned nuclear weapons programme.

Main Features

* Arma 2: Private Military Company : Brand new story-oriented singleplayer campaign, unfolding across more than ten missions featuring full 2-player cooperative gameplay.

* New Faction : Private Military Company, featuring several highly experienced professionals with long and bloody histories.

* New Weapons : Exotic new weapons, including the automatic combat shotgun AA-12 and fully modelled XM8 in numerous variants.

* New Vehicles : Attractive new vehicles, such as the Ka-60 'Kasatka', Armed Helicopter UAV and Armoured SUV.

* New Environment : Unique abandoned wasteland style military weapons test range environment, built upon brand new models and textures.


Arma 2: Private Military Company is deployed exclusively for the PC. It is available for GBP 7.99/EUR 8.99/USD 9.99.


Buy Arma 2: Private Military Company - Digital download here




  November 30th, 2010 - 12:44 By Old Bear   Comments (6)  

  Patch 1.56 to Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead released! Official    

Placebo has informed us about 1.56 to Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead Patch release.

Bohemia Interactive released a latest update for it´s award winning military simulator allowing users to experience the new ARMEX feature and Private Military Company LITE version.

Prague, Czech Republic 30th November - As a continuous support of its titles, dedicated community and customers, Bohemia Interactive, the award winning independent developer, is pleased to announce the release Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead´s latest update version 1.56 which will improve the gaming experience of the titles from the Arma 2 military simulator line up! Amongst the variety of tweaks and fixes detailed in the attached readme file, this update also bring the following improvements:

* A2PMC Lite - all units, vehicles and weapons from Arma 2: Private Military Company are included in this patch with lower quality textures and audio files. The full version of Arma 2: Private Military Company with high resolution textures and packed with a new campaign is available for purchase; see http://www.arma2.com/pmc for more information about the content of Arma 2: Private Military Company.

* ARMEX - The Multiplayer Armory - enables you to try out all weapons and every single vehicle model from Arma 2 in dynamically generated missions with up to eight friends online or over LAN!

* Various stability and functionality fixes and improvements, visual optimisations.

* This patch also unifies Arma 2 and A2BAF to latest versions available as applicable.


Version 1.55-1.56 Changelog

Data
* Add: more camo (replaceable textures) selection for OA vehicles.
* Fixed: missing shadows and heads in distance LODs for some OA characters.
* Added: MP Armory.

Engine
* Improved: -exThreads=3 now default for dual cores.
* Improved: -cpuCount defaults improved for 6 or more than 8 CPUs.
* Fixed: No more LOD blending issues (esp. with vegetation).
* Fixed: Ignored collision with some vehicles.
* Improved: AI cover selection improved a bit.
* New: Video options VSync selection.
* Fixed: Character collisions with stones often resulted in flying or being stuck. (http://dev-heaven.net/issues/12043)




  November 30th, 2010 - 12:21 By Old Bear   Comments (2)  

  Armaversum Thanksgiving Sale‏ Official    

Michal Harangozó from Bohemia Interactive has informed us about the Arma Thanksgiving Sale

Bohemia Interactive invites gamers to enlarge their Arma collection!

Prague, Czech Republic 26th November - Bohemia Interactive, the award winning Czech independent development studio, is pleased to announce a half price sale on all Arma and Arma 2 games starting this Friday.
Buy Arma: Gold, Arma: Queen´s Gambit, Arma 2, Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead and Arma: Combined Operations on store.bistudio.com and get 50% off.

This event lasts until Monday 29th November 23:59pm PCT.
For more information about Arma project please visit the homepage at www.bistudio.com.



  November 26th, 2010 - 18:19 By Old Bear   Comment (0)  

  ArmA 2:OA beta patch 76067 Official    

TonyGrunt informed the community on the BI Forums that Bohemia Interactive Studios has released on the Official ArmA2.com site a new beta patch 76067 for ArmA 2:OA.

[76047] Fixed: No more LOD blending issues (esp. with vegetation).
[75744] Fixed: Ignored collision with some vehicles.




  November 25th, 2010 - 23:48 By Marko112   Comment (0)  

  Arma 2: Private Military Company launch trailer Official    

Michal Harangozó from Bohemia Interactive Studios has informed us about Arma 2: Private Military Company launch trailer release.

They aren't Tier 1; this isn't special ops.
They are contractors; this is Private Military Company.




Marek Spanel, comments: “This new trailer shows our focus on a more story and character-driven narrative for the Arma 2: PMC campaign. Our cast includes characters from various nations, which the voice acting represents; creating a very interesting blend of accents. By watching the trailer players will get a good taste of the intense atmosphere in this latest add-on.”




  November 25th, 2010 - 17:45 By Old Bear   Comment (0)  

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