Bohemia Interactive has been speaking about its decision to delay the release of its Operation Flashpoint follow-up Armed Assault, which it was recently announced has slipped from Q3 2006 to Q4 2006.
Explaining to Tiscali Games that the military shooter has been pushed back for two reasons, the developer's Marek Spanel continued, "[The] First reason is that we didn't as yet sign a worldwide deal with any major publisher and therefore we're preparing to launch on a per territory basis which is more challenging in many aspects."
He added that the second reason "is game development itself". "...We decided to improve the game and the engine powering it, significantly above and beyond the original plan, especially focusing a lot on the visual appearance and AI. These changes are very beneficial for the game but also had a negative impact on the development schedule."
In an effort to soften the minor blow, Bohemia's released half-a-dozen new Armed Assault screenshots, which are parading themselves on this very page.
Armed Assault is the successor to Bohemia Interactive's Operation Flashpoint, an innovative, hardcore military shooter/sim that proved a smash hit when it released on PC in 2001. Armed Assault features the similar hardcore military sim and open-world/freeform aspect witnessed in its predecessor, but ramps up the ante in every regard.