DayZ Standalone Eurogamer Expo session – full video here

Thursday, 27th September 2012 17:51 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

A DayZ developer session hosted by Bohemia Interacive’s Dean Hall was held at Eurogamer Expo today. In his talk, Hall spoke about changes coming to the ArmA 2 mod as it becomes a standalone experience.

Hall started the session off noting how pleased he was with DayZ’s reception. It has logged 1.3 million unique players in its six months on the market, and has 82,000 concurrent players.

Being DRM-free, the mod has had no issues in regards to piracy, but the biggest issue has been hacking and exploits. Hall hopes to address hacking more with the standalone version.

With development, Mojang’s Notch, Valve, and CCP have all given the team on DayZ some “really valuable input and feedback,” as the team works towards a more authentic experience with the standalone version.

The DayZ team has really pushed for authenticity, tension, and freedom, and many “radical ideas are planned.”

PvE servers aren’t planned, as Hall wants the standalone version to be more “surviver vs the wild”; a new antagonist will be introduced; the zombies are being redesigned in both animation and in the engine; players will be able to break ribs via a more complex damage model; weapons will be actual objects – they can jam, night vision goggles can be damaged and the battery can drain; and the inventory system is being changed.

“These aspects will radically change the DayZ experience,” said Hall.

DayZ standalone “has to be out by the end of the year”, Hall added, and the team is shooting for a December release with more additions to the game being added in January and February.

You can watch the entire development session below.



  1. KrazyKraut

    Video is still processing, but I cant wait to get this game :)

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Stephany Nunneley

    @1 It’s STILL processing?!? Lordie be! Dunno what is up with that.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DSB

    I know what’s up with that. You’re not using Vimeo, and it’s making God very very angry.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. NocturnalB

    So is this DayZ stand alone sticking to PC only? Because i would love a Zomb-surv MMO on a console, maybe cross platform it like Dust 514 and DCUO.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. jacobvandy

    @4 LOL. Sorry, but no. That is to say, yes it is PC only. It has to be. Consoles are not even a remote possibility, at all.

    Obviously I can’t attest to what they might do with the DayZ brand in the future, but as far as the game is now and will be in the standalone (not an MMO, btw)… Even if you forget about the technical limitations (consoles trying to run ARMA 2 would pretty much melt and/or explode) or the severe “streamlining” (AKA paring down) of control options needed to shoehorn it onto a gamepad, a game this complex in its mechanics would never appeal to console gamers.

    Right now, you can break your legs and/or die from a 15-foot fall. You can go into shock if you suffer some blow to your head or are too near to an explosion, possibly losing your hearing temporarily or falling unconscious. In the latter case, you might have to lay there doing nothing for up to 5-10 minutes if you don’t have a buddy nearby who can give you a shot of epinephrine. That’s plenty of time to bleed out or be eaten alive by zombies. The open playable area in Day Z is about 15 square kilometers… If you’re traveling long distances, you can easily spend 20-30 minutes doing not much else but RUNNING, since vehicles are rare and there is no magical teleportation system.

    While swimming, you might randomly drop some of your items to the bottom of the sea, simulating a struggle to stay afloat with 100+ kilos of gear on your back. And if you’re in the cold water at night, or just sitting around in the dark for too long, you can get sick and possibly develop an infection that will slowly kill you if you do not find and take some anti-biotics (the rarest medical supply). You might have been able to ward that off by building a fire (first find matches and a hatchet to get some wood) and warming yourself. You have to eat and drink on a regular basis; if you don’t you can pass out from hunger or thirst, or eventually die!

    And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. As you can read in the article, they’re planning on even MORE realistic injuries and illnesses, possibly even bodily functions (not sure how I feel about that one, to be frank, lol). This is everything you deal with on top of the hordes of zombies and scarcity of supplies and chance of coming across other players that usually just want to murder you and take your stuff. You could be sniped from hundreds of meters away and never know who did it, because there’s no HUD elements telling you there are enemies off in that direction (how would you even know they’re enemies? you wouldn’t) or global pop-up saying his name or what weapon he used.

    Console games like that simply don’t/can’t/won’t exist. On the other hand, if it sounds like your cup of tea, I got news for you: you should get a PC.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. NocturnalB

    While the undertone of PC elitism was charming… i still have hopes. It’s far too awesome of a game for Bohmeia or someone else to not try it, I’ve seen the previews of State of Decay which looks cool, but not quite as cool as DayZ. I can’t wait for someone to make a really strong badass zombie survival.

    #6 2 years ago

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