Day Z Stand-Alone Game Will Arrive Before The End Of This Year

We have known since August that the enormously popular Day Z mod to Arma II would be developed into its own stand-alone game. Today at the Eurogamer Expo, Developer Dean "Rocket" Hall confirmed that the game will be available by the end of the year, and it will be inexpensive to boot.

Eurogamer reports that in a presentation at the Expo, Hall explained that the team hopes to have the initial game available by December, with refinements and additional features to follow into early 2013.

The rush to production isn't just from a desire to get the game in front of players; it stems from a need to get the game in front of players before copycat games get made, Hall said. When asked about clones and similar games, particularly The War Z, Hall instead focused on what Day Z can offer, mentioning that his personal feelings toward other games weren't really important: "Should I sue anyone who ever mentions something to do with zombie horror - will that make a better game? And the whole premise of of DayZ, and the whole premise of our development is we're going to make an awesome game. That's what we're selling. We're going to price it low and lots of people are going to play it. If we compromise on that, we're screwed."

He also added that taking on hackers, performance optimization, and bugs are the team's top three priorities. He also outlined a number of features that Day Z will have, including, "diseases spreading through feces and vomit; removing the user interface; using household weapons; allowing people to craft splints to help mend broken bones." He also mentioned that vehicles would be one of the longer-term features the team planned to implement.

December feels like it should be farther away than it is, but for now, it looks like a Day Z game is only three short months away.

DayZ standalone release this year, says Dean Hall [Eurogamer]


    Cant wait :D game looks like a lot of fun but don't own the game required to play it :(

      The version they are talking about is a stand alone and not a mod as it is at the moment so you won't need another game to play it.

        Yeah that's why I cant wait, cuz I don't own ARMA so I cant play it currently :)

    Have only played a little of DayZ, far too many other games back logged right now but I can't wait for this stand alone

    Awesome! I guess I'll hold off on buying Arma2.

    That screen looks like its on the new engine because DayZ on the Arma 2 engine does not look that nice.

      I doubt they had that much time and resources to make a game with that quality and the optimization they're aiming for by december.

        I believe they have already stated that the stand alone game with be on the Arma 3 engine haven' they?

        And OK yeah after enlarging the image I can see its the Arma 2 engine

          Nope, the Arma 3 rumour has been floating around for a while, but it's not true... Rocket has confirmed that the standalone will be based on an optimised Take On Helicopters engine, so sorta 'Arma 2.5'...

      I don't know on Full with the retina display from the new macbook pros it looks pretty similar to that

      Yes it does. They've been using that screenshot for quite a while now.

      They have stated numerous times that it's a stadalone game, with an engine being built from the ground up and will be developed in the same scope of how minecraft was developed.

      And without a release date even mentioned for Arma 3, and with the 2 dev's being arrested, and the chance of a modder getting early code for a game not yet revealed, i would say Arma 3 dayz very unlikely.

        Except if you got to the official forums and the official post about the standalone game it says it will be runnin on the arma 2.5 engine.

    I wonder if they'll ever put in a mode/servers where you will only have one life to live. It would make the game so much more interesting... and probably actually encourage cooperation instead of the rampant griefing we've heard so much about.

      There's already a few mods of the DayZ mod (no, really) that use that kind of approach...
      See "The Hunger GameZ" and "SurviveDayZ" for a start...

    That soon? Awesome!

    Pity I will probably be playing Far Cry 3 by then...

    Will get the xbox version

      An xbox version isn't in development and probably wont be for a while. Look at Terraria for example, it was a popular PC game released in 2011 and an xbox port for it was only announced this month but won't even be available until 2013.

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