Watch Dean Hall’s Day Z Presentation From The EG Expo

It’s been a little while since I’d caught up with the rolling experiment that is Dean Hall and the Day Z project, so it was interesting to watch the Eurogamer Expo talk given by him, which I have posted below. In it it talks about “authenticity, tension, and freedom” as the main guiding concepts for their work, but he says that he intends for a lot of what they do to be quite radical, and admits that he’s not sure how that will work out. Survival and “medical” aspects of the game will be coming under a lot of scrutiny, creating greater depth for that “silent antagonist” part of the game. The groaning, brain-eating antagonists will be getting a revamp, as he discusses. Go watch.

Perhaps worth noting that the incarceration of a couple of key BIS employees in Greece will likely hit Hall’s project quite hard. Ivan Buchta was the main man behind Chernarus, and was going to be in charge of the “Chernarus Plus” revamp of Day Z’s world. (It is now possible to play on modded maps, however.)


  1. Discopanda says:

    Ugh. Greece still hasn’t released the Bohemia employees?

    • Connor Magee says:

      Half of their court system is on strike at the moment if I recall correctly. It’s going to take a long time for them to be processed.

      • Continuity says:

        That really sucks. The annoying thing is its fairly clear that these guys weren’t up to no good, why hold them so long when their background is open plain to see given that they’re relatively high profile.

      • Hoaxfish says:

        Just for today they’re probably also out on the streets calling Angela Merkel a Nazi just for propping up their own failed economy

        • Dwizzy says:

          @Hoaxfish: Don’t speak of things for which you have no understanding, it just makes you look like a fool.

    • Jim Rossignol says:

      The Brit planespotters were in a similar situation and they got locked up for nine months, iirc.

      • BubuIIC says:

        Six weeks, it says here: link to

        • Fergus says:

          It goes on to say that after bail (where they were held for those six weeks) they were imprisoned for three years for all but one member who got one year. However they were all released a year later at their appeal.

  2. hosndosn says:

    Don’t have the time to watch it all, any meaty/in-game parts?

    • Grey Ganado says:

      The gist of it is that the standalone will come out before the end of the year and the priorities are on preventing hacking and fixing bugs.

    • Sarissofoi says:

      Nothing special.
      Just blah blah blah and propaganda.

      • Continuity says:

        I wouldn’t call it propaganda, he seemed to me to be surprisingly frank about the development and his personal feelings about it; I imagined PR guys cringing though the whole thing.

  3. Kong says:

    Greece “justice” has always been a bit harsh.
    A few grams of cannabis put you away for quite some time.