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ArmA 3 Devs Ivan Buchta And Martin Pezlar Appeal Denied, Bail Refused In Greece

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Bad news for the two Bohemia Interactive employees imprisoned in Greece. According to a report by Rozhlas, translated by Eurogamer, Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar have now been denied appeal, after being detained for over 70 days in Greece over spying allegations.

The two developers, who Bohemia Interactive say were holidaying on the island of Lemnos at the time, have had to wait two weeks longer than usual to hear the negative verdict of their appeal due to worker strikes affecting the Greek legal system. The two are now awaiting trial, and face up to 20 years in jail if found guilty of espionage.

According to Ivan Buchta’s father Miloslav, the conditions in the prison are unpleasant: “They’re in a cell with over 25 people, they sleep on the ground,” Miloslav said, “They have food twice a day.”

A mother of one of the pair has revealed that their morale has slipped: “Our boys no longer tell us on the phone that it’s alright, that they’re handling it. After the court’s decision we only hear from them something that no parent ever wants to hear: Mom, dad, please save us.”

Support for the pair continues to flow from the ArmA and Operation Flash Point community through the website http://www.helpivanmartin.org/, which has a list of steps to take to show support for the two developers.

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Pokémon Developer Game Freak Emphasizes Original Game Creation

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Game Freak, best known for the Pokémon franchise, is starting to emphasize and prioritize original game creation.

In an interview with Video Game Chronicle, Masayuki Onoue, a director at Game Freak, says that the company has launched Gear Project, an initiative in which developers pitch ideas during slower periods between big releases to create more original games other than just Pokémon.

Onoue also spoke about Production Team 1 and Team 2 at Game Freak, the first prioritizing Gear Project for the company as a whole and the second focusing on Pokemon. He noted that Gear Project allows the developers to gain more experience working on different platforms such as PlayStation, Xbox, and PC, as well as transferring new skills and techniques they learned back to the Pokémon team.

Some of the games that Game Freak has released so far through Gear Project are HarmoKnight, Pocket Card Jockey, Tembo the Badass Elephant, and Giga Wrecker. Game Freak is also developing Town, an RPG game that was shown off in a Nintendo Direct back in September 2018 and is due out this year.

Additionally, Game Freak is working on Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, the latest entries in Nintendo’s flagship franchise. Both of those are set to release later this year.

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