DayZ beta, console release planned for 2018
It's been a long few years for DayZ's standalone edition, but fans have some good news to look forward to for next year. The game's beta is set for 2018, meaning the title will leave Steam Early Access in the coming year.
DayZ originally launched under Steam Early Access in late 2013, with the game's public alpha going live and a full release planned for 2016. From there, DayZ's timeline started to shift as the title remained in alpha and the beta was further pushed off. That is, until Bohemia Interactive's DayZ team published a Nov. 28 blog post explaining the game's current progress.
In the update, lead producer Eugen Harton explained that the game's stable 0.63 release, which is the game's official PC beta, won't be available for 2017. Bohemia originally planned to release an experimental version of the beta this year before going live, but that just isn't possible yet, in part because aspects like vaulting, swimming, and vehicles still need to be properly implemented into the game. But Harton promises the beta is a major upgrade from the current release.
"I know the tone may be a bit grim, but from my personal experience as a gamer with DayZ, it's very hard to go back to 0.62 once you play even the broken internal version," Harton said. "There is a promise of many good things to come. Lots of things to look forward to for the first experimental release. Even if you look at the missing pieces above, that will be there. There is just so much to explore."
New features in the upcoming beta include new animals, zombies, a new economy system, crafting updates, changes to combat, changes to diseases, significant changes to maps, new particle and blood visuals, and more players and zombies in servers, just to name a few. Right now, the DayZ team wants the beta's experimental build out "as soon in 2018 as possible" before releasing the PC beta officially.
That's not all, either. Bohemia still wants to bring DayZ to Xbox One, and the team promises that the game's 1.0 update will finally come next year, too.
"In short: DayZ will be out of Early Access next year, and we'll also finally deliver it to console players in 2018," Harton said.
DayZ originally began in 2009 as a mod for Bohemia Interactive's military simulator ARMA 2. Both the mod and its standalone version focus on open-world multiplayer survival inside a zombie-infested post-Soviet satellite country. While the game still has a dedicated playerbase, DayZ has often been compared to Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, which has surpassed Bohemia's title in popularity over the past year.