DayZ Standalone Alpha Slated for Release in December
DayZ, the incredibly popular zombie-survival mod for Arma II, will be arriving in a standalone format for the PC before the end of the year, most likely in December, according to mod creator Dean Hall. The standalone package was originally announced in early August after the mod soared into the hands of millions of gamers.
“It has to be out before the end of the year,” he said at the Eurogamer Expo.
“Not just because we’ve committed to it but in order to achieve what we have to do. It has to be. There’s no ‘we hope it is’; it has to be. And it’s going to be cheap. We’ve decided that we don’t need to sell a heap of units in order for us to be OK with where it’s going. The more units we sell of it the more ambitious we get, because the project has the better resources.”
Hall also stated that releasing as early as December allows the team to focus on implementing “more ambitious features” when early 2013 rolls around. In regards to the oddly similar (and oddly timed) game The War Z that has surfaced as of late, Hall says that there’s really not much he has in the way of options.
“Maybe they will make a better game – I don’t know. Maybe what they’re doing is not cool to me, but the way I look at it is what are my options? What could I do? I could stand up here and be very critical of anyone who does a clone copy of the game. What would that actually achieve other than making me look like a dick? It’s not going to result in a better game.
I guess what I’m saying is what I feel isn’t important. Maybe that’s what leadership is: saying my feelings aren’t important here – my feelings are often selfish. I have to be realistic about it and say the responsibility is on me to make a good game. And that’s just life.”
If you’re just dying to pick up DayZ, it’s available for free in mod form for Arma II owners, which means you’ll have to scoop up the game and its expansion pack. However, waiting for the standalone product might be beneficial in more ways than just price – we’ll just have to wait and see.