DayZ Leaving Early Access, Coming To Xbox One Next Year
As part of a sprawling, detailed update laying out the future of DayZ, developer and publisher Bohemia Interactive has announced the game will leave Early Access and come to Xbox One sometime next year.
The company outlined its plans moving forward, including the unfortunate news that the anticipated 0.63 update (which adds vaulting, swimming, vehicles, and other features) was orignally scheduled by the end of the year but is no longer hitting in December. Other features the team plans to add to the game before release includes more player characters, zombies, diseases, more crafting options, improved AI, reworked melee and ranged combat, increased server player count, and many more. The list of features is extensive, so fans already playing the game (or anyone who's been following the game's progress from afar) should check out the blog.
Bohemia also promises the full release (version 1.00) will not be the end of content updates. "DayZ is a game AND a platform, and we intend on keeping DayZ alive for as long as it's viable," lead producer Eugen Harton said. "We also have some fantastic opportunities ready for the modding community."
[Source: DayZ Official Blog]
By the time DayZ releases on console, it's going to have a some competition on many fronts (PUBG is a similarly sprawling multiplayer game, Days Gone looks to be a big-budget zombie game, etc.), so I'm curious about how DayZ will survive. Still, DayZ has always been its own beast in a way, so I wouldn't count it out.