We would forgive you if you’d forgotten about DayZ. There hasn’t been much to say about the game in a long time. So long in fact that people assume it’s vaporware. But, it would seem that isn’t the case at all. In fact, at a recent event Lead Producer, Eugen Harton announced that a DayZ relaunch is in the works and coming in just a few weeks.
This relaunch will see DayZ moving to a new engine. It also means that the game will be appearing on Game Preview on Xbox this year. However, Harton wouldn’t confirm if this meant the game was going to be moving out of Early Access where it has been since 2013. At the end of November 2017, we reported that the DayZ beta would be pushed to 2018. So maybe this is the first signs of that transition. Or maybe it’s just more of the same.
It’s easy to point to DayZ as the source of the zombie survival fad that swept through the industry a few years ago. That then opened the door for other survival games, another fad that seems to be on the decline. All of that paving the way for Battle Royale, the industry’s current golden child. That DayZ, the game that started it all still hasn’t come out after several fads have come and gone is quite sad. But it’s also an opportunity. There’s still time for them to adapt to the current craze and add a Battle Royale mode.
When asked about the heavy hitters on the market though Harton didn’t seem to be phased. “The hardcore simulation we’re working on is not gonna compete with PUBG. It’s not gonna compete with Fortnite. I think we have a different customer. I’m pretty sure of that.” He also added, “it might not become a mainstream thing, but that’s not our customer. I’m okay with that. I know what game I’m making – I don’t want to appeal to everybody.” Which seems to suggest that following the fads isn’t for them, so a Battle Royale game is unlikely.