Confirmed: DayZ to become standalone game, developed by Bohemia

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After a bit of speculation, it’s just been confirmed that the incredibly popular zombie-featuring ArmA 2 total conversion, DayZ, will soon become its own standalone game!

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Developed by Bohemia Interactive, ArmaA 2 is a realistic military shooter that was released in mid-2009 on PC, but nowadays people are talking about the game for a very different reason – the DayZ zombie mod.

Featuring all-new animations, objects, weapons and vehicles, as well as survival-based gameplay, DayZ has become an ‘overnight’ success and regularly tops the ‘most played’ charts on Steam, topping games boasting budgets in the tens of millions.

DayZ creator Dean Hall has just formally announced that the total conversion is now in development at ArmA 2 developer Bohemia Interactive, and the team will be working in collaboration with Hall as he takes on the role of project lead.

“That’s right, this is actually happening,” Hall posted on his blog. “DayZ will be developed as a standalone game, with me as project lead, by Bohemia Interactive. This is the fairy-tale outcome for a mod that many would have said impossible four months ago.”

Hall has assured fans of the original mod that development on the free version of DayZ will “continue in parallel with the development of the game, so anyone who is playing the mod now will be able to continue to do so.”

“The project will follow the Minecraft development model,” says Hall. “… fast iterations with the community alpha available for a heavily discounted price.

Here’s the new, official site for the upcoming DayZ game, but be sure to check out the mod over here.

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