Bohemia Interactive has announced that its military simulation Arma 3 has been delayed.

Initially scheduled for release this winter, the game has now slipped to “Q4 2012”, running from October to December. In a brief statement made to Eurogamer, the publisher said, “We did not reveal exact release date so far but our target was for some time and still is Q4 2012 (instead of early plans of late summer that was announced initially). However, we are prepared to give development additional time if it will need it to ensure as good experience as possible. As soon as we have more specific release dates and plans we are going to communicate it clearly.

It added: “Right now we are also finalising release plans for Carrier Command: Gaea Mission which we definitely want to release prior [to] Arma 3.”

Arma 3 recounts the missions of Captain Scott Miller who is washed up on a hostile Mediterranean island after a last-ditch NATO effort to repel “Eastern armies” from Europe goes awry.