Eugen Harton, lead producer of DayZ, shared details of the popular zombie survival simulator’s future in a blog post from earlier this week. The game released as an early access title on December 16th, 2013, and has sponsored some level of anxiety within its fanbase, as witnessed by the points raised in many of its Steam reviews from recent years.
Harton addressed these players by admitting that while the game will not leave early access before the end of 2017, it will see a Beta release sometime in 2018. In his post, Harton states that the improvements made to the game’s 0.63 version are so significant that it makes it hard to return to 0.62. To add emphasis to changes being made for the better, Harton lists several features found in the update.
These features include ‘new crafting,’ a new in-game economy, more varied zombie types, reworks of both physical and ranged systems of combat, enhancements to systems such as disease, damage, and hitzones, new visuals, and much more, he promises.
While the PC version is finally seeing a more proper release of the game, Harton reiterates that console versions of the game will also see the light of day in 2018. While Harton explicitly states that DayZ will be playable on the Xbox One, it is also slated for release on the PS4.
DayZ was immensely popular during the time of its conception, but it has lost much of its steam in the years it’s taken to see an official release. With new games, such as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and ARK Survival Evolved, occupying a field previously almost monopolized by this zombie simulator, it will be interesting to see if DayZ can reclaim the footing it once held within the gaming industry.