DayZ developer takes time off to go climb Everest

Progress on the standalone version of DayZ has reached new heights – as developer Dean “Rocket” Hall announces he’s taking a couple of months off… to go climb Mount Everest. If you’re hanging out for the zombie-filled shooter, don’t fret, there’s still a dedicated team working on the project back at home, it’s just that Hall has sauntered off to Nepal for a while. Nothin’ wrong with that.

Describing the timing as “poor”, Hall has written his latest devblog from 5400 metres up, at Everest Base Camp, updating fans on what’s been going on back at DayZ HQ.

DayZ creator Dean "Rocket" Hall during his Puja ceremony

DayZ creator Dean “Rocket” Hall during his Puja ceremony

I realize some people are upset at my departure from the project for two months to climb Mt Everest, but hopefully from this you can see the large team Bohemia have assembled behind the development that are continuing to innovate and develop DayZ Standalone in the direction of the game we all want. This is going to take as long as it needs to, we want to release our initial alpha under the architecture it needs to avoid hacking and security issues – this is the only remaining task stopping us from releasing the alpha. But while this task is being completed, we can continue with other activities.

Developers are hard at work on “turning the entire architecture of DayZ into an MMO”, adding an in-game radio system, and creating new zombie animations. One very, very neat update sees the community invited to contribute extra written content to the game – this, combined with copyright-expired stories, will form the basis of “hundreds or thousands of books” that will be tucked away within the DayZ world.

Despite this little mountainous hiccup, Hall is still planning for the standalone game to be available by the end of the year.

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