DayZ Getting a Standalone Version
We’ve been hearing rumblings about a standalone version of DayZ for a while, but today, we finally got some confirmation. It’s totally happening, and I can’t decide if I am happy or angry.
Over on the DayZ dev Tumblr, DayZ creator Dean ‘Rocket’ Hall confirmed the news, saying,
That’s right, this is actually happening – DayZ will be developed as a standalone game, with me as project lead, by Bohemia Interactive. This is the fairy-tale outcome for a mod that many would have said impossible four months ago.
While there’s no word on any details right now, Hall does mention that the standalone release will use the Minecraft model, which he describes as, “fast iterations with the community alpha available for a heavily discounted price.”
This is awesome news, but I can’t help but think that some people are going to be a bit upset by this. I know a lot of folks who picked up ARMA 2 during Steam’s Summer Sale specifically to play DayZ. Hall says in the Tumblr post that development of the mod will continue in parallel to the standalone, but I can’t imagine they’ll want to continue that indefinitely. Besides, you know most folks are going to move to the standalone, especially if it makes badly needed improvements to control layouts and the UI.
We’ll have to see how it plays out, but for now, the important thing is that DayZ is getting some support from Bohemia Interactive, and that’s an awesome thing.