Forget Big Brother, the real gods of surveillance are ardent fans. A keen-eyed dude(ette) over at the Bohemia Interactive forums recently shared a shocking geographical discovery: a new South Pacific island has been spotted in the waters of Arma III [official site]. It seems a new expansion will be announced real soon.
Well, maybe. The incriminating videos have since been either a) taken down or b) made private. And even the forum poster who spotted it has removed what they saw. But we saw what they saw before they pulled it down, and Bohemia's webserver still has screenshots with give-away names like 'arma3_tanoa_screenshot_02.jpg'. Anyway, here’s the text that poster Smiley Nick says they copied and pasted from Bohemias's blog post about the landmass itself:
"Situated in the South Pacific, the island province of Tanoa is one of many that, together, compose the Horizon Islands – an independent island nation with historic ties to both East and West. Formerly an outpost belonging to the Empire of Japan, before its liberation by US Marines in 1944, evidence of a long history of conflict and turmoil can still be found dotted across the island – relics from times long-since passed.
"Nowadays, Tanoa thrives off rich deposits of rare earth metals exported the world over, but controversy and civil unrest have long surrounded these efforts due to the perceived social, economic and environmental impacts of their exploitation. Tanoa is also believed to be a hub of illicit trafficking in the Pacific, but no formal charges have ever been raised.
"In 2035, Tanoa continues to enjoy a prolonged period of apparent peace and prosperity, but the volatile geopolitical situation on the world's stage threatens to destabilize the region, and plunge it into darkness once more."
But here's the more important bit. If all this is true, it appears as though there’s going to be an entire expansion released in the first half of 2016, one that will include "new vehicles, weapons, attachments and gear, characters, playable content, and more."