It’s finally been revealed when DayZ is going to come out of Steam Early Access – and it’s not for some time.
Bohemia has announced that the standalone will officially be released in the first half of 2016.
Although this seems like a long wait, Bohemia has said that they will be intermittently adding and updating features to the current early access version of the game throughout 2015.
The price for the official standalone version is set at €39.99 / $49.99, a pretty steep increase over the current €23.99 / $29.99 version of the game (although this is set to hike up to around $34.99 after the Steam Fall sale ends on the 1st of December). Bohemia did provide a fairly understandable reason for the sudden increase, stating in an announcement that “[Bohemia] would like to avoid a sudden increase in price once we hit the final release version.”
“2014 has been an immensely successful year for DayZ,” said producer Brian Hicks. “We could have never hoped for so many people to join us for the adventure of Early Access development. As the team looks forward to our goals and features set for 2015, the vision of an open world sandbox where the player creates their own story and experiences comes closer to completion.”
The developer has revealed the plans they have forthcoming updates, which can be expected throughout the course of 2015:
- Basic vehicles
- Advanced loot distribution
- New renderer
- New Zombie AI
- Basic stealth system (zombies and animals)
- Advanced vehicles (repair and modifications)
- Advanced animals (life cycle, group behavior)
- Player statistics
- New UI
- Player stamina
- Dynamic events
- Character life span + soft skills
- Animal predators + birds
- Aerial transport
- Console prototype
- Animal companions
- Steam community integration
- Construction (base building)
- Beta version, expected price being €34.99 / $43.99.
Bohemia also stated that: “Every month there will be new weapons, objects, craft able items, vehicles and implemented additional features and optimizations.”
DayZ is currently in its early alpha stage of development, but is available on Steam Early Access right now.