Who knew. After a very long 4 years, Bohemia Interactive’s open-world multiplayer survival game DayZ will finally leave Early Access in 2018, the developer announced in an update earlier this week.
The standalone open-world survival game, which originally began life as a mod in ARMA 2 in 2012 before joining Early Access in 2013 was initially scheduled to leave the program before the end of 2017, but will now arrive in 2018 according to lead producer Eugen Harton, who gave a lengthy update on the games official website: “Let’s just state the obvious: the PC BETA is not coming before the end of 2017. We tried to get it done sooner, but it’s going to be 2018 folks.”
Development will continue long after DayZ eventually leaves Early Access in 2018 according to the developer, with a beta release planned and console versions of the game expected to land in the same year, most notably – an Xbox One release, which was first announced at E3 back in 2016.
“As soon as the PC BETA is headed in a way we like, we’re still committed to bringing DayZ to Xbox, where we have a large community of gamers patiently (very patiently!) waiting for a truly hardcore online survival game,” added Harton. “All of that will (and must) happen next year – meaning we’re just about to start what could possibly be the most exciting year for DayZ so far. In short: DayZ will be out of Early Access next year, and we’ll also finally deliver it to console players in 2018.”
Once a very popular online game with a large and vocal community, DayZ has definitely seen better days with player numbers and the overall popularity of the game continuing to decline following the departure of creator Dean Hall, who left to join another studio. It remains to be seen whether leaving Early Access or a console release could possibly inject new life in DayZ, or whether it’ll struggle to stay relevant given the current slew of similar games around in the market today, especially with PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds set to arrive for Xbox One shortly.
DayZ will likely arrive on PS4, in addition to a release on Xbox One, though it’s likely the game will join Microsoft’s Preview Program first.