DayZ’s Dean Hall to Leave Bohemia, Start Own Studio
Standalone DayZ is still in alpha, but creator Dean Hall is already planning his next move: a start-up studio in his home country of New Zealand.
“Originally I wasn’t going to do this year, but it would be stupid not to, and it would be unfair to the community,” Hall said. “I have to be on the project as long as it’s important to. Whether that role is as the leader, whether that role is in a more creative sense… But at a certain point there will be diminishing returns.”
Hall said he’s leaving Bohemia because he’s driven to create and take risks on new ideas, a personality type that can be bad for a team working on an already established product. “I am a grenade,” is the descriptor Hall gave Eurogamer.
Through representatives Hall has already started the initial process of getting a studio started in New Zealand, and he said he has three new game concepts written and two good ideas percolating. The goal: create the perfect multiplayer experience.
Quite the bombshell for Hall to drop given that DayZ is still in such an early state. But it’s the logical next step for a young game designer who is two for two: the original DayZ mod helped sell more than 1 million copies of Arma 2 and early access DayZ has already sold more than 1.5 million.