DayZ – “We’d probably be stupid not to try” an Xbox 360 release, says Bohmeia

Tuesday, 11th September 2012 16:14 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

DayZ has not been officially announced for consoles yet, but Bohemia Interactive’s Jan Kunt believes the firm would “probably be stupid not to try” and release it for Xbox 360.

Speaking with VideoGamer Kunt said the firm was “definitely looking into consoles closer,” and pointed at the success of Minecraft – formerly a PC-only title has gone on to sell close to 4 million copies via the XBL Marketplace.

“Obviously DayZ, you’ve seen the success of Minecraft on Xbox Live Arcade, and we’d probably be stupid not to try to do something similar,” said the Bohemia producer. “We’ve always wanted to make games for consoles as well. Obviously we’re a PC developer and have been for some years, but consoles have a huge market and you don’t have so many problems with piracy.

“So it’s really interesting. PC is what it is, and I personally think PC players will stay as PC players, but the console has more penetration into mainstream markets. People who wouldn’t play games on PC, they buy an Xbox or PS3 as a medium to play games. So from that point of view it makes sense to go for consoles.”

A DayZ standalone version was announced in August for PC, and will release later this year.



  1. UuBuU

    What a load of horseshit. These guys have had a taste of widespread success, and now they’re just getting greedy.

    DayZ wasn’t just popular because it had zombies in it. A lot of DayZ fans (myself included) have no interest whatsoever in 99% of zombie-themed games.

    It’s popular largely because the survival concept works so well with Arma’s realistic simulation/tactical shooter style gameplay, and it’s huge open world chernarus map – neither of which would translate well to consoles.

    Games like Arma don’t belong on consoles at all. They’re PC exclusive, and shouldn’t be watered down, streamlined, and made arcadey for a wider console audience. The same is true for DayZ.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @1 where do they say that the console version would be watered down?

    Also they’re human beings who need money to survive. Not tireless PC-game creating robots.

    #2 2 years ago

    Hmm… What’s that smell?

    Oh yeah, the stench of elitism.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. DSB

    Thing is, they already tried console development. It resulted in one of the worst Xbox games in the history of the console, OFP: Elite.

    Bohemia just aren’t very good at making things work. I don’t think they’re capable of porting anything.

    The same thing goes for the PC version of Day Z though. It’s clunky and awkward as hell. The engine was never designed with close quarters combat in mind.

    Also, Jan Kunt. Jan KUNT. Jan Kunt.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. IL DUCE

    @3 +1

    @1 you’re a moron, the only reasoning behind your statements is b/c you don’t want console gamers to have what you have on PC…Operation Flashpoint Dragon Rising’s huge map worked fine on 360 back in 2009 and the only reason ArmA II wasn’t released for consoles (which I was begging for it to be along with a bunch of my buddies) was because they couldn’t get a publisher and financial backing to develop the console port…Day Z would easily translate to consoles IMO, plus the main game is from 2009 so it should be easy enough to put on consoles by now…they wouldn’t dumb it down whatsoever

    @4 come on man, that was like 7 years ago for the original X Box

    #5 2 years ago
  6. ManuOtaku

    I dont game on PC, always being a consoler gamer, and i think i will be forever, although one would not say never, ever, but i think i will not game on PC, now having said that, iam always feel happy when consoles games go to PC,because i know more people will enjoy those games, and because it will be good for the industry, developers, publishers, etc, and sometimes i hope for PC games to come to console too, why i dont get is why console gamers cannot have the luxury of tasting some PC games, like PC Gamers do with console games, really i will sound like a broken record, but it bares repeating, empathy, we should feel that regarding the rest of people.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. DSB

    @5 And the engine is still clunky and awkward as hell.

    If Bohemia actually improved their performance over the years, I might give them the benefit of the doubt. I don’t know anyone in the community who trust them to deliver a working game.

    First you get the broken release version, then you get the expansion that fixes the broken release version. If they don’t want that reputation, then why keep making the same mistakes? It’s been three games now.

    Why on earth would you trust Bohemia to suddenly up their game?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. UuBuU

    @2 It’s a fact of gaming. PC games tend to be a lot better when they’re designed exclusively for the PC, not for multiple platforms.

    Usually with mutiplatform games, the platform which brings in the most money (ie. consoles) ends up taking precedence. So PC gamers essentially end up with a mediocre port, with everything from controls, gameplay, graphics, and content being suited to consoles.

    Skyrim is a prime example of a game that could and should be so much better if it weren’t for the fact that Bethesda design Elder Scrolls games primarily for the xbox360 now instead of the PC.

    @5 – No, YOU’RE a moron for thinking a game like Arma II is suited to consoles. Certain types of game should always be PC exclusives in my opinion. Strategy games are one type. Simulation style first-person tactical shooters are another.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Da Man

    ^Cool story, bro.

    Queue old man tirade in 5.. 4.. 3.. 2..

    #9 2 years ago
  10. manamana

    They really are late to the party. And they’ll bring a broken vase with flowers in it. But still broken. And how in the world is the 360 supposed to render Chernarus?

    #10 2 years ago
  11. The_Red

    Actually that game would work really well on consoles IF they can get rid of that HORRIBLE UI interface. There is NOTHING in DayZ that makes it a super PC game. StarCraft 2, Diablo 3? sure.

    But saying DayZ would be watered down on consoles is a bit of elitism. Just look at Spelunky. A super hardcore and hard platformer on PC. What happens when it comes to Xbox 360? It becomes even HARDER and more hardcore thanks to new chapters and many other additions (Sure, they removed the pistol but that’s it… And Shotgon is better for it!).

    #11 2 years ago
  12. UuBuU

    @9 Go back to 2008 with your unoriginal meme responses, loser.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. OlderGamer

    “Skyrim is a prime example of a game that could and should be so much better if it weren’t for the fact that Bethesda design Elder Scrolls games primarily for the xbox360 now instead of the PC.”

    I would agree with that notion. And not just Elder Scrolls games either. No doubt consoles have sandbaged PC games for awhile now. But, that being said there are a couple of up sides.

    One of those upsides is that by not allowing PC games to aim for the top teir % of PC rigs out there, it means that folks like me that have medium rigs can play 99% of everything released. In the past PC games have outpaced PC hardware mass market penitration. Meaning that the average joe didn’t have a rig that could handle the core games.

    The upside is that some game franchise make a lot of money on consoles. And that money helps fund the companies games … which then make it to PC.

    There are some other upsides as well, but you get the idea.

    Never forget that money matters.

    If companies could makes 5X the amount of money they currently make on xb360, by making games for Vita instead … Vita would be loaded with games. It is a bizz. If a company can make more money on one platform over another, you have to respect their rights to do that.

    I know what your saying tho UuBuU, and your right. PC gaming isn’t what it used to be, and it prolly never will be again. The games that you used to covet are going elsewhere. Store that in the back of your mind, you can use it when console game companies take off for Moble and smile.

    I think it is just a sign of the industry going thro convergence and evolution. Nothing new really.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. monkeygourmet

    I for one would love to see this on 360 or next gen consoles.

    Make it so!

    PC elitists piss me off… You already get to play most console games in HD through emulators… Why shouldn’t this come out on consoles?!

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Da Man

    #12, ok. You ultra hardcore mega skillful refreshingly artistic computer entertainment software customer.

    The most tragically ludicrous thing about this is how Og has an assault rifle and melee as his top weapons on “consolized’ shooters and couldn’t hit a barn door even if got paid for doing so. A lot like his best buddies.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. ManuOtaku

    #8 UuBuU “@2 It’s a fact of gaming. PC games tend to be a lot better when they’re designed exclusively for the PC, not for multiple platforms.”

    Well i understand that, and is true, but they can make it a PC primary target then release it on consoles without any detriment to the PC counterpart, like the minecraft example, the consoles didnt took anything away from that game, the same can happen with this game, i mean they can fisnish the PC game, and then they can start traslating the game to consoles, i dont think that is bad for us console gamers, and neither for PC gamers, we all can be happy.
    p.s and maybe this game will be for next gen consoles, therefore within more reason the PC iteration, will not suffer from this, i guess

    #16 2 years ago
  17. OlderGamer

    Really DM, bored much?

    #17 2 years ago
  18. manamana

    @11 for one I can’t see how they’ll manage a reasonable draw distance while maintaining those huge and lush forrests with 512MB RAM. And considering the amount of players and AIs it has to manage a lot. But hey, I’m no programmer and I would also like to see a better version of the broken Day-Z mod on consoles.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Da Man

    If I was that bored I’d probably spend lots of time on an internet website, typing passionate essays about video games (in between ultra hardcore battles).

    It’s amazing.. seeing people who don’t even like this videogame supporting it in the comment sections because they feel it helps enlighten random persons on how playing on a personal computer is more hardcore than playing on an Xbox.

    You should think about it sometime..

    #19 2 years ago
  20. UuBuU

    @14 *sigh* This has nothing to do with PC elitism, or me wanting to deny console gamers certain games out of spite.

    I enjoy console gaming myself – especially when it comes to platform games, sports games, racing games, third-person action-adventure games, etc.

    However there are certain games (typically strategy games, isometric RPGs, 1st person action-RPGs, simulation games, and realistic style FPS games) that simply work best as PC exclusives; and I hate the idea of such games being designed to suit consoles.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. zinc

    I believe their are open-world zombie survival games, optimised for the consoles already on their way.

    Not taking anything away from Bohemia, but I’ll wait for them, rather than hang my hat on a mod, one your devs made in his spare time.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Christopher Jack

    Too much secrecy in the world. I don’t even see the point of military spending in the first place. Of course we need security, but no one country should be looking at securing the world from each other.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. UuBuU

    @21 There is one (I forget the name of it) that looks very arcadey in comparison to DayZ.

    It’s pretty much exactly what I don’t want to see DayZ end up like.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. monkeygourmet


    Fair enough, but if they can do a decent job, why not let them try?

    PC will still be the lead platform. I can understand PC gamers think there getting gimped versions of games when they release at the same time as console games, but this will surely be a stand alone project.

    The PC will still be getting the ‘full’ experience… Look at BF3 multiplayer on PC compared to consoles…

    #24 2 years ago
  25. monkeygourmet


    Was that for this article? :)

    #25 2 years ago
  26. wickedinsane

    I heard they actually have a name for the XBOX standalone already, its called “The War Z” ;)

    #26 2 years ago

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