Private Military Company: “News Media”

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We revealed the new Arma 2 expansion a couple of weeks back: Private Military Company is BIS’ take on the murky world of the mercenary companies working in modern warzones. The latest trailer is one dressed up in the style of media coverage of the activities of these soldiers of fortune, which implicates someone or other in some kind of badness. Hmm!

Don’t forget we have some community-based Arma 2 action this weekend, with Operation Arrowhead games going on. Check out this post for details.


  1. Steelfists says:

    XM8s? Awesome!

    Oh, and yeah, the story sounds nice too…

  2. Duality says:

    I do love Bohemia and I love their games, but they really need to sort out some of the voice acting… :(

  3. Artist says:

    “Woah yeah more-yeah
    Kill all the white men
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    Kill all the white men

    The white man call himself civilised
    Coz he knows how to take over
    The white man come to pillage my village
    Now he tell me I have to bend over

    Woah yeah more-yeah
    Kill all the white men
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    Kill all the white men

    No I do not like the white man offend me
    He rape all my people as he rape my country
    Everything I love and cherish he tried to take

    We will be rid of him soon come the day

    Woah yeah more-yeah
    Kill all the white men
    Yeah yo-yeah yeah more-yeah
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  4. TV-PressPass says:

    I only just bought the British DLC finally! I love Arma, but there is so much content in there already. I still play just vanilla Arma 2 with some of my multiplayer buddies. Convincing everyone to keep upgrading is though.

    Still, that auto-shotty could be a ton of fun in game.

  5. Brumisator says:

    Oh I do love Arma2, and OA.
    British armed forces was a bit dissapointing on the mission front, so very short. But we got a good handful of weapons and vehicles, so it’s okay, I guess.
    EW, the free mission addon to arma2, was the best SP mission there is, imo.

    So I don’t really know if I’m all that interested in this mercenaries stuff, I hope we at least get some “low quality” models for those who don’t buy it, so there’s no fracture in the userbase. that was a pretty smart move with BAF.

  6. born2expire says:

    Looks great, Arma seems awesome I just could never get into it. I spent well over an hour 1 day trying to rebind my keys into something useable and I was still missing essential keys.

  7. Jet says:

    Heh great screenshot.. I just flew in from Arizona, and boy, are my arms tired!

  8. El_MUERkO says:

    Om nom nom!!!

  9. Shadrach says:

    Oh while I love BIS and what they do for the realistic military sim, I can’t get exited about this. Playing as a mercenary for some corporation like Blackwater just is past the line of morality for me. These guys are responsible for a lot of bad shit wherever they go in the world.

    • Artist says:

      Wow, Im impressed where folks draw their lines. I was quite sure that also most national armies are responsible for mucho shit in this world! Heck, rather ALL national armies… But hey, as long as somebody says its for a good cause to defend what should ours abroad who would question that? Its so good to have a clean sense of morals!

    • Joshua says:


      Militaries have standards. PMC’s usually do not. If you drive at 90 mph and run over kids as a ‘normal’ soldier, you can except to be severely punished (And you would not even think about those things anyway). But since American Companies operating in, for example, Iraq, are exempt from the laws there , PMC’s can do what they want. (All right, you are right, it is because of an American General that they are in the first place)

    • Garrett says:

      Standard operating procedure in a convoy is to run over anyone and anything in the way. This includes children.

      Children in particular in fact because they are a common object used to stop convoys so that they may be ambushed. It only takes that one idiot driver in the lead car stopping for the entire convoy to be slaughtered in a well constructed ambush. You stop on a narrow road with sewage ditches on either side, they use two rocket propelled grenades (or other explosive device) to neutralize both the lead and rear vehicles, and then cut you to shreds from both sides with small arms fire and further RPG’s.

      Do not, under any circumstance, stand in front of a military convoy.

    • Dances to Podcasts says:

      The difference between the two seems to be one of degree, rather than the essence of what they do. Hence the two viewpoints. They both to horrible things (after all, war is pretty much the worst thing to happen anywhere), but private companies are even less transparent and accountable than regular armies.

    • nmute says:

      do not under any circumstances send your convoys to other countries where they, as standard operating procedure, must run over children/shoot pregnant women/drop or shoot white phosphorous in residential zones.

      p.s. “defense” and “guard duty” are general terms and in no way reflect mission mandate, operational nuance or company culture. especially when viewed in context of immunity from local prosecution.

      p.p.s. Xe/Blackwater may be the (rightly deserved) fotm in the atrocities department but let’s not forget the original human filth that is DynCorp.

      there’s a reason PMCs are seen as untrustworthy borderline-psychopathic cowboy outfits. with few exceptions, they are. it comes with the territory.

  10. Garrett says:

    Mercenary companies are NOT the same thing as private military contractors.

    PMC’s are basically high risk rent-a-cops. Mercenaries are far more flexible in terms of what they can do, but generally also viewed as far less legal.

    Stupid media buzzwords ruining the distinction between the two terms.

    • Rich says:

      Is Blackwater a PMC or mercenary organisation?
      You may well have a point, and I’m interested in the distinction.

    • Artist says:

      Well, the media buzzword “legal” blurs even more than PMC vs. Mercs. I mean, “legal” from which point of perspective in what system? Anyway, Im quite sure that PMCs and Mercs arent that different in real life beside what phrases they slap on their foreheads. Its like a “free to play MMO” but with cashshop.. ;)

    • Loshon says:

      I believe that Blackwater was a Private Military Contractor.

    • P3RF3CT D3ATH says:

      It doesn’t matter they’re both scum no matter what they call themselves.

    • Garrett says:

      PMC’s are scum? Howso?

      Blackwater were scum, but they were just one company led by a lovely band of psychopaths and idiots.

      Mercenaries aren’t inherently evil, though that tends to be their use in modern times.

      PMC’s on the other hand are generally just well armed guards. They guard stuff in Iraq and Afghanistan that the government can’t or won’t. Since there are so many private companies and private interests involved in rebuilding the country (A necessary evil unfortunately as private business can accomplish this sort of work for a fraction of the money and do a better job) the government itself can only provide so much protection without appearing biased or actually breaking the law.

      So private contractors are used. Private security (PMC’s) can operate as personal body guards to private interests as well as supply convoys and construction sites. In many of the construction sites around the war torn nations where they are constructing things like hospitals or schools you will find PMC’s guarding the locations.

      There is NOTHING inherently wrong with private military contractors. In fact I’d go so far as to say a PMC’s job is ten times more honorable than a soldier. A contractor with a PMC will never be tasked to do anything but GUARD objects or people from unlawful attempts at taking the objects, or taking the lives, of the things they protect. Soldiers however, can, and regularly are, sent out to actively hunt down and kill people.

      This isn’t to say that soldiers are necessarily dishonorable in any fashion, but I don’t want to hear about how PMC’s are all fucking monsters because that is a giantass load of bullshit.

    • Artist says:

      Im sure theres something inherently wrong with rule by gun. No matter whos in charge! Especially those who fight for another mans cause…
      Also, what kind of measurement is “evil”/”not evil”???

  11. Karthik says:

    Jim alt-texted!

    That is all.

  12. Rich says:

    The idea of playing as genuine mercenaries, who can do pretty much what ever they want without fear of military or civil justice catching up with them, is way more outrageous than playing as the Taliban. At least they have a reason to fight (or believe they do).

    I’m sure, if anyone is going to do it in a way that works, these guys will. If this was a COD or MOH game though, you know it would be some bombastic romp that completely brushes over, or worse rose tints, what these companies get up to.

    I wouldn’t ban it though, or suggest it be banned. That would be silly.

    • Turin Turambar says:

      Sorry to burst your bubble, but i doubt playing a merc, a pmc, an insurgent or a soldier is different in Arma 2. It’s always a dude with a weapon in hand doing the objective he recieves.

  13. Bhazor says:

    Damn! At first I was hoping for a game where you actually played as the reporter recording war crimes and trying to get out in one piece without being arrested by the government or shot by the army. But no. It’s just man shooting with added grrr macho realism/fetishism.
    Guess I’ll just have to replay Michigan again.

    • Kast says:

      That sounds amazing. Would love to see that.

    • phuzz says:

      The beauty to the BIS games is how easy it is to use the editor to create your own missions, so it should be pretty easy to make your wish come true.

    • Stranglove says:

      Oddly enough, I did once play an OA game where I was a news reporter, who had to get videos (Binocs on target) of SCUDS and such. Twas good fun.

    • Bhazor says:

      Basically I want this link to There was a indie (might have been raising money for Amnesty) game that saw you as an investigative reporter sneaking cameras into prisons and photographing scenes of corporate crime. It was great but I can’t find it now or remember it’s name. Any ideas Hivemind?

      Seriously, these guys and girls are fucking heroes. Fucking. Heroes.

      *Skip to 6:10 for the

  14. EBass says:

    And a move which demonstrated once again how great a company BiS is. I’m not all that interested in this, but I’ll be buying it because BiS is one of the very few developers I feel moved not just to buy their games but actively support.

  15. Alexander Norris says:

    I utterly disappointed by the relative lack of South African accents in that video. It’s about PMCs, and you give us one sort of vaguely South African person in the whole thing?

    I think it’s safe to say I won’t be buying this until every last NPC and radio command in the add-on is voiced by South Africans. Shape up your game, Bohemia.

  16. Bascule42 says:

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    Glasweigians…love ’em when they go on one.

  17. DukhaDave says:

    Nice to see them mixing up the tired military shooter formula with some humorous football commentary.

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    • Heynes says:

      They’ve finally broken through, huh…

    • Bascule42 says:

      Pft…look at that, they can’t even spell right…..and they have a really really stupid name for a site.

    • Bhazor says:

      Theres no choice, to remove all trace we must nuke from orbit.

      But then I say that about red wine stains and dirty diapers.

    • Unaco says:

      I’m almost afraid to ask, but… How did it beat the CAPTCHA?

    • Snuffy (the Evil) says:

      Killing in the mountains of Takistan as a corrupt mercenary-for-hire… priceless.

  19. Unaco says:

    My thoughts are with Sally. And the kids.

    I haven’t actually followed this too much… I love BIS and OFP, and ARMA was quite good on-line, but I haven’t played either if the ARMA 2 games… but when they mentioned the 2nd PMC (Talon, and then Ion I think) something occurred to me… ARMA: Mercenaries, a game to ARMA, as Mechwarrior: Mercenaries was to the Mechwarrior games.

  20. Rezolver says:

    Is ARMA II worth buying for the single player experience or is it multiplayer where this game truly shines?

    • Bascule42 says:

      I’ve clocked up 600 hours , (Arma 2 & A:OA), of purely single player hootery…plenty of user made single player missions outt here, easy to find, easier to install. Add the editor to that and you have a gaming experience that is second to none. Only disclaimer i’ll make, is that you’ either love it, or hate it.

    • rezolver says:

      I’m a gaming masochist which usually means I play games that are buggy (Alpha Protocol), come with awful voice acting (Men of War) but at the same time carry some of the best game-play mechanics PC’s are known for.

      Thanks for your input.

    • Jolly Teaparty says:

      You sound like the sort of guy that can handle this then, I was just disgusted with the number of bugs in the game that completely broke it. But then I got it at the start of this year so maybe the (dire) situation has improved.

  21. Utgaardsloke says:

    Come off your high horses, will you please? We have played excellent games based on mercenaries before, where was the criticism of Mechwarrior: Mercenaries or Jagged Alliance I ask? Mercenaries were killing people then as well, just not on the internet or television. Mercenaries are what they always have been, just that we suddenly have more exposure to them because of recent conflicts should not make games more “immoral”! The world is what it is, some whool have been lifted from some eyes, that’s all.

  22. Gap Gen says:

    That image at the top of the post reminds me of a baby chick trying to follow its mother in taking flight.

  23. Caleb367 says:

    Now tell me there’s gonna be some kind of management of money and equipment a’la Jagged Alliance or X-COM and i’m sold.

  24. Jolly Teaparty says:

    I’m only interested if they fixed all the giant gamebreaking bugs in ArmA 2 with this, otherwise it can go to hell.