If you’re tempted by DayZ but want to hold out until the game sees an official release, you’ll be waiting for a fair while. Bohemia Interactive has confirmed that the team does not expect the game to reach Beta status sooner than “the end of 2014”, with a full release some time after that.
Developer Maruk Spanel explains the team is mighty surprised by the support it’s been offered so far:
We didn’t want to compromise on the brutal and unforgiving nature of the early days of the DayZ mod so we’re very surprised to see such interest as this clearly is not a game for everyone, especially considering that there are some radical changes under the hood in comparison to the mod. These changes may be more subtle than when comparing the relatively limited amount of content in the standalone game against the mod in its very mature state itself, but it should be much more valid in the long term for the overall game experience and of course we’re aware how much more work is ahead.
Part of that “more work” is focussing on the critical problems gamers are experiencing and reporting. The roadmap is progressing nicely – with a re-evaluation due later this month – but at this point, key priorities include fixes for:
- Server performance, stability and security
- Animals & hunting
- Cooking & gathering resources
- Playable user customizable vehicles
- Player created constructions in the environment
- More complex interactions with the environment and crafting options
- Streamlined user actions and interface
- Control and animations expanded and improved for fluidity
- Upgraded graphics and physics engine (including ragdoll, etc.)
- Support of user mods and more flexibility for user hosted servers and game types
With more than 875 thousand copies of DayZ sold in the three weeks since launch, Bohemia thanks fans for their ongoing support and confidence – Marus reports the developers are “even more dedicated” to the game thanks to you.