It’s hard to believe it’s only been a year since the release of DayZ into Early Access on Steam! The former Arma mod which evolved into a multiplayer zombie survival and/or dystopian stress simulator. The game has slowly been running through the process of improving itself as a standalone game. Now Bohemia Interactive has announced a finalized release date of “the first half of 2016,” as well as a roadmap for patches/updates throughout 2015 leading up to that date.
Along with a release date and update previews for DayZ is the announcement that beginning on December 1st, after the Steam sale ends, the price of DayZ will jump to $35. Bohemia says that this slight increase from its current sale’s price is to ease people into the reality that DayZ’s 1.0 release will retail at $49.99/€39.99 or your local equivalent. That’s a pretty significant increase for what has already been a pretty costly game, despite the game being in Early Access, a price Bohemia has largely gotten away with by being so dang popular.
Here is Bohemia Interactive’s outline for updates going forward into 2015.
- Basic vehicles
- Advanced loot distribution
- New renderer
- New Zombie AI
- Basic stealth system (zombies and animals)
- Advanced vehicles (repair and modifications)
- Advanced animals (life cycle, group behavior)
- Player statistics
- New UI
- Player stamina
- Dynamic events
- Character life span + soft skills
- Animal predators + birds
- Aerial transport
- Console prototype
- Animal companions
- Steam community integration
- Construction (base building)
- Beta version, expected price €34.99 / $43.99.
That’s a ton of new stuff! And a $50 price tag is nothing to sniff at. Surprisingly, despite a long and bumpy road through early access, the hype around DayZ has rarely slowed. The game remains consistently in the top 10 games being lpayed on Steam, with around 25,000 average concurrent players per month. It’s even in the top 10 as of this post, duking it out with the likes of Civilization V, Counterstrike, Skyrim, and easily exceeding Advanced Warfare’s total players. We can only expect that playerbase to increase as the game moves forward, especially with the Playstation 4 release on the horizon, although the date for that remains TBA.
If you were ever interested in playing DayZ for yourself, now is your best bet to get it at its early access price-tag.