Note: Bohemia Interactive went to their forums to announce that the news of their acquisition was false; we are currently investigating the matter.
Bad news for fans of Arma, the realistic military simulator that probably has no equal in ballistic simulations. Tencent has just acquired a majority stake in Bohemia Interactive while the Chinese investment studio continues to invest in a majority stake in an apparently infinite number of studios.
The announcement may surprise many studio fans who have continued to support the company that publishes odd DLCs in tandem with DLCs that offer a unique perspective on modern battlefields. Arma 3 is one of the most successful iterations of the franchise to date, and the studio captivates fans around the world.
What it means for the studio to get ahead is probably not too bad. Tencent will allow Czech studio Bohemia Interactive to operate as in the past, and the buy-in will likely be used for additional content and development. Tencent Has Allegedly Purchased A Majority Stake In Bohemia Interactive For A Reported $ 260 Million
Unfortunately, it also means that fans can expect censorship in titles that may or may not be noticeable for a while. We could experience fascinating red propaganda when Arma 4 inevitably shows its head.
Any chance or expectation of engaging Chinese forces in the fictional series is now over, as Tencent is used to making sure that nothing in China is put in a negative light.
In addition, it is likely that mods could be affected by this decision. Requests for comment from Tencent and Bohemia Interactive were not processed.