Prague, Czech Republic, September 30th – Bohemia Interactive, an award winning independent development studio and creators of the genre defining military simulator games Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis and Arma 2, are proud to announce completion of full acquisition of development teams Altar Games (located in Brno, Czech republic), Black Element Software and Centauri Production (both located in Prague). All four original development studios will continue operating both individually and cooperatively on various projects, as parts of Bohemia Interactive.
“ Game development stands and falls with the skills, vision and enthusiasm of its developers” said Marek Spanel, Bohemia´s CEO and continues “ this acquisition strengthens our studio by adding extremely experienced and talented developers from three different teams at Altar, Black Element and Centauri. It is true milestone in our company’s history.”
Bohemia Interactive is well known for its military simulator games such as Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis and the military simulator of 2009 Arma 2. The recently acquired development teams bring with them a wealth of talented and experienced professionals in strategy, action, RPG and adventure genres. Altar Games known for its strategy titles Original War and the UFO Trilogy (UFO: Aftermath, UFO: Aftershock and UFO: Afterlight); Black Element have a great sense for action as shown in games Shade: Wrath of Angels and Alpha Prime; Centauri Production are talented authors that focus on adventure titles such as Memento Mori as well as games for children or family games. This important step elevates Bohemia into one of the biggest independent development teams in the region.
IDEA Games continue as partner in charge of business development, marketing, PR and legal services for enlarged Bohemia Interactive.
Recently released standalone expansion pack to the leading PC military simulator Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead and DLC Arma 2: British Armed Forces will be followed by new titles in the near future:Pound of Ground: crazy action game from a 3rd person view with tons of zombies. Carrier Command: Gaea Mission, action game with strategic elements, based on the ground breaking classic. Bohemia Interactive is also working on continuous support and new development of its award winning line up of military simulation games.
For more information please visit the new company´s website at www.bistudio.com
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About Bohemia Interactive
Established in 1999 in Prague, Czech Republic, Bohemia Interactive is an independent game development studio that focuses on developing original state of the art computer entertainment and simulation software, including the research of proprietary advanced real-time 3D graphics, artificial intelligence and physical simulation technologies for real-time interactive environments.
Operation Flashpoint*, Bohemia Interactive's debut game published by Codemasters in 2001, became the No. 1 bestselling PC game around the world and has won many international awards, including “Game of The Year” and “Best Action Game.” Over two million copies of Operation Flashpoint have been sold since its release.
Bohemia Interactive’s second major release, ArmA: Armed Assault, followed in 2007 and sold over half milion copies on PC through various local publishing partners.
Arma 2, the latest hit in the series of realistic military simulators, released worldwide during summer 2009 was placed in the top positions of official PC charts around the world immediately following its release. Arma 2 won "Most PC" Game in the 2009 PC Gamer Awards.
Following the release of Arma2 was the standalone expansion pack Arma2: Operation Arrowhead, the massive expansion was strongly received by both critics and fans alike, reviews considered it as surpassing the previous title and building on the strong Milsim heritage. “Armaverse” was then expanded further by the hugely popular British Armed Forces (BAF) DLC released in 2010.
Bohemia Interactive won the Best PC Game Developer award for 2001 at London’s ECTS exhibition and Rookie Studio of the Year award at GDC 2002.
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About Altar Games
Development team formed in Brno, Czech Republic, from industry professionals, who worked in the gaming industry for many years and participated in development of renowned PC titles, such as Original War - an RTS published worldwide by Virgin Interactive, UFO series (UFO: Aftermath and it's sequels UFO: Aftershock released in 2005 and UFO: Afterlight released in 2007) and puzzle games Fish Fillets 1&2.
About Black Element Studio
Black Element is an experienced game development company established in 2000 in Prague, Czech Republic. Among their released games are action packed titles such as Shade: Wrath of Angels released in 2004 and Alpha Prime released in 2007. The studio has previously cooperated with Bohemia Interactive on development of ArmA: Queen's Gambit. The team is currently working on Carrier Command: Gaea Mission, an action game with strategy elements.
About Centauri Production
Established in 2000 in Prague, Czech Republic, Centauri Production is a well experienced game development studio formed by industry veterans. Among their released games are adventure titles such as Fairy Tale about Father Frost, Gooka: Mystery of Janatris, interactive projects Ferdy the Ant, 4 Leaf Clovers, and recently released Memento Mori. Centauri Production is also active in the production of multimedia applications and presentations, software for movie and animation studios.
About IDEA Games
IDEA Games is an Independent Developers Association, founded by three computer game development studios: ALTAR games, Black Element Software and Bohemia Interactive Studio. Along with their own development it supports other gifted teams to make their projects real.
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