DayZ Standalone Early Access Coming Soon
Holiday season 2012.
That’s when we originally thought we’d get to check out the new standalone version of DayZ, at least in alpha form. Then two Bohemia Interactive developers were arrested in Greece for allegedly spying and the zombie survival sim copycat formerly known as The War Z launched, beating DayZ to the punch.
It was a short lived victory because The War Z promptly made headlines for charging people for a broken, buggy, misleading game before being removed from Steam. Unfortunately, many angry customers confused The War Z with DayZ and lashed out at DayZ creator Dean “Rocket” Hall, saying some not very nice things.
Ah, the wonder of the Internets.
Instead of rushing to get a beta out for DayZ as quickly as possible, Hall slammed on the breaks and decided to take his time and get it right. Which brings us to today, roughly one year after we first thought we’d get to play DayZ. In a post on the official DayZ Forums, Hall provided an update, stating that the team has hit a big goal in terms of server stability and now needs just “a little bit more” time “tidying up” before releasing the early access alpha on Steam. Here’s the quote:
“We need a little more out of the server in terms of framerate. Just a little bit more, to ensure the inventory stays reasonably responsive. The remaining time will be spent tidying up remaining issues to try and give a more solid experience when we kick into the early access.”
There is still no official early access release date, but as Hall previously noted, he doesn’t plan on announcing a DayZ alpha release date until he’s positive it’s ready, instead opting for a “done when it’s done” approach. So, good news, it’s almost done.
However, Hall warned anyone who jumps on board the early access train that DayZ will be very much in alpha form, with plenty of bugs, glitches, placeholder assets, crashes, and the like. If you don’t want to take part in making the zombie survival sim better, do not buy the early access version.
“I really can’t emphasize enough – this is going to be an early access project on Steam,” Hall stated. “It’s a true-blue alpha. Massive areas of the engine were entirely reworked, involving a large team of people over the last 12 months. Much of what these achievements will enable won’t be seen for many months – so I really plead for anyone who is on the fence to take a skeptical approach – watch streams, read reviews, watch some let’s play and form your opinion. You could always come back to the game in three, six months time and buy it then.”
There you have it. Expect our next post about the standalone version of DayZ to include the Steam early access release date.