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.
If you were ever interested in playing DayZ for yourself, now is your best bet to get it at its early access price-tag.