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NOTE: This article is about the playable terrain in ArmA: Cold War Assault and ArmA 3. For the Armaverse country of the same name, see Malden (country).


Malden (alternatively Malden 2035) is a playable terrain in both ArmA: Cold War Assault and ArmA 3.

Overview

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« Malden 2035 is a fresh take on the original Malden terrain featured in the very first Arma game. While Malden 2035 re-uses many vanilla Arma 3 structures, vegetation, and similar assets, it also includes additions such as colored buildings, vineyards, and barns. Malden 2035 was initially developed for Bohemia Interactive’s free tactical multiplayer shooter, Argo, and benefits greatly from Argo's infantry focus. A lot of effort was put into the gameplay flow of each location, and as such, this new version of Malden is ideal for Close Quarters Combat.
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Although sparsely populated, Malden features a mixture of large urban centres and remote villages

Featured as an official terrain both in ArmA: Cold War Assault as well as ArmA 3, Malden is a Mediterranean island that contains a mixture of desert terrain, forests, farmlands, mountains, rolling hills, and much more.

Its French-themed picturesque sights and diverse environment makes it truly unique compared to both its sister island Everon, as well as other locations in the Mediterranean like Altis and Stratis.

Geography

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Meadows and vineyards intermeshed with rolling hills are hallmarks of Malden's iconic landscape

Including both smaller islands isolated from the mainland, Malden covers an area of only 62 square kilometres.

Conditions on the island are a mixture of semi-arid, mountainous outcrops that define its overall landscape. Non-manmade foliage present on the island mostly consists of stubby trees and shrubbery with the occasional dense woodland consisting of cypress/pine trees.

The highest point on Malden is located at the peak of La Cime, which reaches a height of approximately 523 metres above sea level.

Settlements

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Topographic map of Malden in 1985

Including both major towns and villages, there are a total of seventeen established settlements located on Malden. Thirteen are categorised as villages, while the remaining four are towns/cities. The capital of Malden is La Trinité, which also serves as the island's biggest and most populous city.

Aside from a few of its more rugged villages in the north-west, all settlements are connected via a single main road which loops around the entire island. It ultimately terminates in the north-east at Malden's airport.

During the Cold War, few military bases aside from the NATO-operated airport existed; the sole exception being the supply depots built by the U.S. Army on the south-eastern's so-called "training island". At the turn of the millennium and with the rise of CSAT influence on the island, numerous military installations were established throughout the island while older facilities were decommissioned and abandoned.

Because of its close proximity to international shipping routes passing through the Straits of Gibraltar, Malden also serves as an important stopping point for seafaring vessels. Up to fifteen lighthouses are installed at various points on the island, many of them concentrated around the northern and south-eastern parts of Malden.

NOTE: Aside from obvious changes to aesthetics and adjusted positioning, most settlements are virtually identical to their counterparts in both versions of the terrain. Where portions of the terrain have been significantly altered or do not exist in ArmA: Cold War Assault and ArmA 3, they will be noted as such.

Cities

Located in the south, the city of Chapoi is one of the four larger settlements on Malden.

Though quite populated compared to other nearby towns and villages, Chapoi's buildings are actually spread out over a fairly large area. Multiple roads can be taken to reach the village of Sainte Marie in the north-west or Cancon (and its harbour) in the south.

Chapoi itself is heavily forested with many small groves surrounding it on all sides. The mountain of Dents du Midi can be reached via the northern road leading to Sainte Marie.

Located in the centre of the island north-west of La Trinité, Larche is one of the four major settlements on Malden.

Smaller than La Trinité but more densely populated compared to La Pessagne, Larche features a myriad of orchards planted around its boundary.

Two routes can be taken to reach it; one road originating from Saint Louis to the north-east (which is considered to be a part of the main loop), and another from La Trinité in the south-east (a plain gravel road).

Located in the west, the city of La Pessagne is the smallest of the four main cities.

Least populated but still significantly larger than most villages, La Pessagne is mostly renown for its farms which produce goat cheese, a delicacy that it has become famous for even in neighbouring Everon and the Kingdom of Sahrani.

La Pessagne is linked via the main road that loops around the entire island. A trail that extends north leads to an overlook at the village of Vigny which provides a clear view of the western coastline, a particularly popular tourism destination.

La Trinité is the capital city of the island.

The most heavily populated and biggest settlement, La Trinité is named as such after the three iconic churches that are built throughout the city. It is established along the main road that loops around the entire island, and mostly consists of densely compacted civilian dwellings mixed with a few commercial structures.

No paths are available to reach the shore by foot or vehicle, though a mountain trail can be taken to reach the top of Le Roi (east of the capital). Rather than go through the main road, a separate route can also be taken to reach the city of Larche in the north-west.


Villages

Arudy is a village located directly in the centre of the island.

Arudy is somewhat unique for being built right in the middle of a pass that cuts through the base of the La Cime mountain (directly to its south). Just a short distance away due west, the Pic de Feas hill can also be reached via the path that links up with the main road.

Located just south of Chapoi, Cancon is a small village that has access to the sea.

Roughly smaller than Chapoi but more densely compacted, Cancon is mostly notable for its harbour. While not nearly as large as the one in Le Port, Cancon is mainly suitable for smaller fishing vessels and recreational boats.

Like Chapoi it is also constructed within a forest, though only on its northern and western/eastern sides. The south consists of sparse farmland and has a road that leads to the Saint Martin Chapel in the east.

Dourdan is located due south of the capital La Trinité.

Built along the main road that loops around the entire island, Dourdan is one of the larger settlements on the eastern side of Malden. A mountain road can be used to gain access to the village of Arudy to the west (at the base of La Cime).

A smaller road on the east can also be used to reach the coast where several military outposts are constructed.

Goisse is a small village located along the central western coast of Malden.

Fairly isolated from the rest of Malden's bigger settlements, Goisse can only be reached by a single gravel road that diverts from the main road. Two smaller paths at the village can then be accessed to go to either the harbour further west of the village, or to the Mont Chauve mountaintop in the north-east.

A village on the outskirts of Dourdan (to the north), Houdan is located on Malden's central eastern coast.

Consisting of civilian homes divided by a few streets, Houdan is relatively unremarkable save for the small forest located just to the west of it. The remote hill village of Guran can be reached via the small path that diverts west from the main road.

Additionally, it is also based right next to the bay of Golfe Vert on its east, which can also be reached via another path that breaks off from Houdan's streets.

La Rivière is a coastal village located due east of Cancon.

Similar to Cancon, La Rivière has coastal access and features an L-shaped harbour. It is slightly smaller than Cancon and can only be reached via smaller roads that link into it from the main road.

The eastern road leading out from La Rivière can be taken to reach the famous Saint Martin Chapel in the south.

Le Port is Malden's largest coastal settlement.

It is located in the island's south-east and mostly consists of civilian houses. Its most prominent feature is the main harbour which is far larger than the one in Cancon, and is utilised for commercial import/exports. The harbour has been greatly expanded in size in the fifty years following the end of the 1985 flashpoint.

Its namesake is derived from the two French words which literally translate into "The Port".

The north-westernmost village on Malden, Lolisse is situated in the desert parts of the island.

A single road originating from the airport is the only way to reach Lolisse by car or on foot. Due to its arid conditions, no orchards are planted around the village.

It does have a harbour which is located further north, and can be reached via the dirt road extending out from Lolisse itself (it crosses through a valley with short mountains on both sides). A long dirt trail leading east can be taken to reach the bay of Les Sables, though there is no harbour access.

Saint Louis is a medium-sized village located due north of the capital La Trinité.

Built on the crossroads between the main road that links several settlements together, Saint Louis has several vineyards planted around it, and mainly consists of a few civilian homes packed together in the centre with individual houses separately built along its outskirts.

Saint Louis provides access to either the main airport (north-east) or Larche to the south-west.

Sainte Marie is a small village situated at the base of a mountain.

Located north-west of the city of Chapoi, Sainte Marie is built beneath Dents du Midi and only features a few houses constructed closely together. The remote settlement of Blanches (which is even smaller) can be reached heading south via a road that breaks off from the T-junction to Sainte Marie's north-west.

Vigny is a tiny village located to the north of La Pessagne.

Accessible only via a small road leading from La Pessagne, Vigny is best known for the vantage point that it provides of the Vigny Gorge. This massive rock formation that cuts into the island itself is a particularly popular sightseeing destination for tourists, while also granting an excellent view of the western coastline of Malden.


Points of interest

Dedicated to the fallen from the 1985 flashpoint, this statue serves as a commemorative tribute to the American and Soviet soldiers who battled for control over Malden.

NOTE: Only available in ArmA 3's Malden 2035.

Home to the headquarters of the Pegasus Air Taxi tourism company. This relatively isolated landmass contains a short airstrip useful for light fixed-wing planes to operate from.

Constructed near La Rivière, this place of worship is often visited by religious pilgrims from all across the Malden islands chain.

Popular with tourists and amateur rock climbers alike, this picturesque location is separated by tall rock formations that form into a ravine.

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Trivia

  • Malden's geography is inspired by the real-world Greek island of Lefkada in the Ionian Sea.
    • The in-game terrain is much smaller than its real counterpart however, and its settlement layouts in both games are completely fictional.
  • Malden 2035 (the remake version) was not initially available in ArmA 3, and was only added with the release of Game Update 1.72 as part of the free Malden DLC.
    • The terrain itself was designed for use in Project Argo, a separate, free-to-play competitive shooter title developed by Bohemia Interactive. The developers eventually decided to port Malden into ArmA 3 after overhauling some parts of the terrain.
    • During the development process, members of the community were invited to create their own (Armaverse-relevant) advertisements for display on the various billboards scattered throughout Malden. 11 out of the 85 entries were eventually chosen and added for display in-game.
  • It is the only terrain in the entire series to date that has been featured in two games (albeit as a remake rather than a direct port).

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