DayZ is set to arrive out of Early Access in 2018, Bohemia Interactive have announced, as well as the proposed launch on consoles in the same year.
I know what you’re thinking, this isn’t the first time we’ve been promised a DayZ release date both for the PC and console versions, yet here we are with a game that’s been in Early Access for longer than I can remember. I digress.
According to Bohemia Interactive the game is almost ready to be released, however it’ll take a little longer than planned, and even then it won’t be in full release, it’ll be in beta for both PC and consoles.
“Make no mistake: this commitment is done taking all of our previous scheduling mistakes into the account,” DayZ lead producer Eugen Harton said in a blog post. “We’re serious about it.”
Harton later added: “Let’s just state the obvious: the PC BETA is not coming before the end of 2017. We tried to get it done sooner, but it’s going to be 2018 folks. Both the BETA update and any further 0.63 updates, up to 1.0, will happen in 2018, which is shaping up to be one of the most important years for DayZ. That is as much as we are sure of yet. I’ll be honest, it has been a long wait already – even for us – but that’s all we got now.
“DayZ BETA is not meant to be a feature complete game from our point of view. It’s a start of a platform that will be extended by us, and can be extended by the modding community … By saying platform, I mean an ecosystem where we are able to keep adding things and building the DayZ community from PC BETA onward. We have talked about a number of features over the years that we intend to deliver, but our strongest focus has been put on the core loop of the game … So after the PC BETA of DayZ gets out, we will focus on polishing the core gameplay loop, and adding content — but until we reach 1.0, we want to stay away from expanding the scope of the game further by additional features.”
Simply put, DayZ will be another one of those “games as a service” which the core game will be continually updated with new features, content, and much more as time goes on.
In the same blog post, Harton detailed what players can expect in the beta version of the game such as characters, infected zombies, animals, and much more. He also detailed what won’t be making the beta just yet such as vehicle mods, bikes, and barricading.
It’s a pretty lengthy blog post, but there’s a lot of information on there for fans of the game detailing exactly what to expect when the game launches into beta on PC and consoles in 2018.