Dean “Rocket” Hall, the man behind the incredibly popular zombie survival mod, DayZ, has said during the Eurogamer Expo that a standalone version of the game will be released before the end of 2012 and it will be offered at a very low RRP, making it easy to anyone to afford access.
“It has to be out before the end of the year,” he said. “Not just because we’ve committed to it but in order to achieve what we have to do. It has to be. There’s no ‘we hope it is’; it has to be. And it’s going to be cheap. We’ve decided that we don’t need to sell a heap of units in order for us to be OK with where it’s going. The more units we sell of it the more ambitious we get, because the project has the better resources.”
One of the big problems with the mod as it stands however, has been hackers. As it grew in popularity, hackers began finding ways to exploit the game. Some of these include finding players, wallhacks, spawning weapons and vehicles and more.
In the standalone version these will be easier to combat, but Hall also believes that the full game will allow him and Bohemia to create new features: “I like to think we’re taking cautious and sensible steps at the moment. I don’t really like cautious and sensible. DayZ as a mod wasn’t cautious and sensible. But our first few steps have to be that. And if we can achieve that in December, then in January and February we can start to do all the cool stuff, move to more ambitious features.”