DayZ developer Dean Hall says the team isn't doing anymore internal release dates.
There was some palpable excitement from gamers when it was revealed that DayZ, the zombie-centric mod for Arma 2, would be getting its own standalone release. In the time since then its development team has set several deadlines for an alpha release, all of which the game has missed. Aware of fan's frustrations, develop Dean hall has resolved to simply make the game.
A mod of Bohemia Interactive's ARMA 2, DayZ is a massively multiplayer survival horror game. In DayZ you play a lone survivor exploring a massive, persistent countryside in search of supplies to keep you alive in a world overrun by zombies. In addition to fighting the undead you'll need to manage hunger, thirst and contend with other players who may prove friends or enemies depending on their own momentary whims.
"I've made a heck of a lot of mistakes giving out release dates," said developer Dean Hall at Gamescom. "We don't have any release dates internally anymore." A lack of release dates will likely do little to sate the impatience of gamers eager to play the new version of their favorite mod. That said, Hall explained that have been some substantial reasons for the ongoing delays. "It was a very grim time last year," he said. "We realized we needed to redo everything and that didn't go over very well. In December we had nothing to show for it, nothing. It was very, very awful. Our worst fears were realized."
Hall and company were understandably discouraged by their lack of progress. That said, following a break to climb Mt. Everest, Hall gained a renewed drive to finish the game. "I thought about what was important and what mattered. I decided I wanted to make the game I wanted to play, even if it meant only 1,000 played it." Work since then has been progressing forward at a smooth clip and, with a bit of luck, fans will find themselves battling for survival in the long awaited alpha build in the near future.