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DayZ creator Dean 'Rocket' Hall has warned that the standalone release of his hit survival horror mod could slip into 2013.

"We are still working towards a target for an initial foundation before the end of the year," Hall said on the official DayZ development blog.

"But we will slip this date if needed, we will not compromise the project for the short-term gain of meeting this date."

Any reason for the delay "would be publicly discussed," Hall says, "and would most likely represent a failure personally on my part to plan correctly.

"We will be assessing the results of our major architectural changes at the end of next week, and reporting the results to everyone when we have assessed that."

Nonetheless, development of the standalone version appears to be going strong, with a Steam launch for the foundation release still scheduled for this year.

According to Hall, much of the "under the hood" tech has been completely rewritten, with significant "architectural changes" made to the game engine and model.

"We are moving to the server-client MMO architecture model," Hall added. "We are making weapons and items 'entities', meaning we can support customization and variables assigned against items.

"As discussed previously, this is a massive departure from the previous engine. In many ways, once this phase is completed - one could effectively say that DayZ is running on a new version of the engine. While the graphics may look the same (for now), under the hood so much is being completely rewritten."

As well as launching on PC, the standalone version of DayZ may also see a release on consoles further down the line.

Earlier this year, publisher Bohemia told that it would "be stupid not to" consider DayZ for a console release.

Source: DayZ Tumblr | Dev Report: November 2012

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xIRODRIGO's Avatar


Im actually pleased its not going to be released this year and they are taking the time to develope the game and listening to the hard-core fans of DayZ not like WarZ who rushed everything to development of the and then say best zombie game ever.
honestly this is going to be an amazing when it comes out and its going to be in my priority list for when its released.
Posted 01:41 on 12 December 2012
DancingRhino's Avatar


Well, yes as long as it's not a Half life 3 job :)

I've never actually played it, but have heard it's good.

I even made a nonesensical thread about zombies, as I'm loving the walking dead series. But there's so much that can still be made out of the genre in terms of video games. Might have to get a decent pc at last just ot play this.

Zombie U sounds ace, but doesn't have the strategy element probably.
Posted 23:19 on 02 December 2012
DarkMarmot's Avatar


I think it's perfectly OK to wait if things are not ready, in fact applaud the willingness not to compromise on what is such a highly anticipated project. We realize that the gaming community can be horribly impatient on the whole, but can be more so when games are plagued with bugs and poor interactions. I'm excited for the release whenever it gets here since I felt it was truly the first game that came so close to a perfect zombie survival in concept, but came at the cost of utilizing an engine mod that was not fully suited for it, and of course the hacking to boot. There are a handful of changes I'm really hoping for, like being to fortify a position a little better with others like a base of operations (see current season of Walking Dead.) Or some Mad Max creativity elements in there too would be awesome. But keep up the hard work, looking forward to it!
Posted 22:54 on 02 December 2012

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Release Date: 16/12/2013
Developer: Bohemia Interactive Studio
Publisher: Bohemia Interactive Studio
Genre: Survival Horror
Rating: TBC
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