Brutal zombie mod DayZ is to be remade as self contained title. At present, players must own a copy of Bohemia Interactive’s military sim ARMA II in order to access the post apocalyptic shooter. The lower barrier to entry should see DayZ attract a range of new players… who’ll probably last about 10 minutes before being cornered by the undead hordes or (just as likely) ambushed by their fellow survivors.
The remake will be developed by Bohemia Interactive, with mod creator Dean Hall serving as project lead. The studio plans to launch an alpha version of the game at a “heavily discounted price” before refining and expanding the experience with frequent updates. Hopefully the hacking issues currently undermining the mod will be eliminated in the standalone edition. A release date is yet to be announced.
Hall has pledged to continue to support the mod during development of the new version of DayZ.