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6 years ago

SOE’s H1Z1 Will Be F2P, Won’t Sell Weapons, Ammo, Food

So maybe you weren't expecting SOE's vaunted Star Wars Galaxies spiritual successor to be an overtly DayZ-inspired zombie MMO called H1Z1. And maybe you're not exactly shaking the sand out of your old Tatooine-scouring boots in excitement. That's fair. But as far as these things go, SOE does seem to be kind of on the right track. CEO John Smedley isn't shamefully shambling (shamebling) away…

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DayZ Of Our Lives: SOE Also Doing Zombie-Based Survival

If it wasn't already plainly obvious, survival games are all the rage these day(z), and zombies - thanks to DayZ's ever-looming influence - come part and parcel with that. The War Z/Infestation: Survivor Stories hit a little too close to home on that front, and Nether, with its possibly dubious ties to the former, also deals in apocalyptic baddie bashing, but with a slant toward the…

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Forever Undead: Dean Hall And Indie Stone Talk Zombies

Mid-way through Rezzed, I decided that somebody must have cloned Dean Hall. The DayZ creator was everywhere. One minute he was talking about the most frightening moment of his life - hanging off the side of Everest, I hear - and the next he was playing games on the showfloor. If he wasn't admiring Maia with an excited twinkle in his eye, he was telling…

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No More Room In Hell’s Kitchen: DayZ Team Doubles

A more hysterical headline would have suggested that Bohemia have doubled the size of DayZ's team in anticipation of the loss of Dean Hall, the creator of the multiplayer survival game. That's not the case - I have it on good authority* that Bohemia are actively gathering strands of Hall's hair and traces of saliva from his favourite coffee mug in order to create a…

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Stand Alone: Dean Hall To Leave Bohemia And DayZ

In this episode of Tales of the Unexpected, we learn that DayZ creator and lead Dean Hall plans to leave Bohemia by the end of 2014, in order to set up a new studio in New Zealand. The early access version of the multiplayer survival sim passed 1.5 million players this weekend and I don't think it's dropped out of the top three sellers on…

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CCP Taking Cues From DayZ, Rust For World Of Darkness

CCP might be best known for EVE Online, but they've had another project burbling away in their developmental cauldron since basically the dawn of time. World of Darkness, based on White Wolf's Vampire: The Masquerade setting, is technically existent, though CCP has become quite adept at keeping it shrouded in, er, darkness. But every once in a while some news slips out, and not all…

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Into The Wild: DayZ Adds Berry Picking, Balances Stomachs

Is it worth playing DayZ Standalone in its current alpha condition? Probably not. But anecdotes of scary charcoal-eating clowns, wiggle cultists, forced axe fights, and slow death from disease and dehydration, make it hard to resist. Still I'm a little sad the changelog for the next experimental patch doesn't contain more basic fixes, like maybe 'Removed the invisible sodding zombies', or 'Zombies can no longer…

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Still Many, Many DayZ Until DayZ Enters Beta, Is Done

People can finally play DayZ's standalone alpha en masse, and so they have. As of Bohemia's last count, the still ultra-buggy alpha had fallen into the ravenous hands of 875,000 players, which totals out to 8,750,000 fingers. Even rockstars who crowdsurf at every show can't boast that. Despite that, the newly reborn undead survivor isn't even close to finished - or out of alpha, for…

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DayZ Sells 13 Trillion Units In Four Seconds

OK, maybe those aren't quite the real figures, but at some point these headlines just become giant neon "LOOK AT ALL THESE IMPRESSIVE NUMBERS" signs. That said, the DayZ alpha is definitely a sprinter, not a shambler, given that it raced to 172,500 copies sold (and counting) in only 24 hours. Maybe this whole zombie fad has a chance of catching on after all, despite the…

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DayZ Completes Its Million Mile Shamble Onto Early Access

It's beginning to feel a lot like Earlyaccessmas, which is the sort of buzzword holiday title that I probably deserve to be crucified for. But honestly, between Starbound, Wasteland 2, Elite: Dangerous, Blackguards, Dungeon of the Endless, and now DayZ, this is getting ridiculous. We are figuratively getting our Christmas presents early during actual Christmas. Someone must have planned it this way. That is the…

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DayZ Alpha Will Be A ‘Disappointment’ If You Want A Demo

Once upon a time, "early access" meant "a glorified demo with maybe a few features toned-down or MIA." These days, however, it's increasingly become a legitimate look behind-the-scenes of the game development process, a chance (for better or worse) to pay a penny to give our thoughts. On one hand, it aids game development on multiple levels, but on the other, there's ample room for…

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7 years ago

More DayZ Than You Can Shake An Axe Into The Skull Of

HELLLLOOOOOOOOOOO RPS. I'm shouting as though far away or shrunken down and trapped in some kind of tiny snowglobe prison or something because it's the weekend, and I am now in the far off land of not having every lobe of my brain consumed by videogames - for two whole days! You, though - you've arrived here poor and in need of something to play/pine…

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DayZ Still Potentially Many Dayz Away

Did you play DayZ before it was cool? I did. I spent two hours getting it to work and a further six hours wandering around aimlessly before it clicked and I had fun, because that's the kind of trendsetting cool guy that I am. But I understand if you're waiting for the standalone release, that maybe makes it more functional and accessible. We can't all…

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DayZ Likely Headed To Steam Early Access, On ‘Final Lap’

Zombies are nothing if not decisive, single-minded creatures, but DayZ's standalone has proven to be anything but. After narrowing down a release date on multiple separate occasions, it recently ended up on the backside of another delay - having slipped on the diabolical banana peel that is unforeseen server infrastructure issues. It was only a matter of time, though, before it rose again, hungry for…

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DayZ Devblog Reveals Latest Feature Set

One of the most interesting things from the DayZ presentation at Gamescom (which I still have to find time to write up) was Rocket explaining why they're working on the kind of feature set we're seeing in these videos of the standalone, and what that means for the game. Perhaps the most significant is item degradation and damage, because it's one of the things that…

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Shamble On: DayZ DelayZ-ed Again

Standing alone is hard. Believe me, I know. As a newborn infant, it took me years before I was able to master the art without any parental assistance. Even now - as a young adult who lives inside of a house and can cook without burning it all down (some of the time) - I still occasionally go sailing end-over-end as though tripped by some…

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Zoom Zoom Zoombies: DayZ In Arma 3

Dean "Rocket" Hall has no plans to port DayZ into Arma 3's shiny new MAXIMUM GRAPHICSABILITYROCKABILLY engine, but fans? Well, they're free to do as they please. And so, the Zoombies mod was born. It is, for all intents and purposes, the DayZ Arma 2 mod transferred directly into Arma 3. Same models, weapons, and systems, but with lots of sleek, seductive makeup for the…

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Ten More Minutes Of DayZ Footage Via VG247

VG247 seem to be saying they have the "world's first look at the standalone version of DayZ". Perhaps they mean from this year's E3? Of course creator Dean Hall has been showing footage for ages, not least twenty minutes of it back in March. However, what VG do have is ten minutes of the very latest build that's being shown at E3, featuring new animations,…

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DayM: Rocket’s Next Game To Be About Mountaineering

DayZ creator Dean "Rocket" Hall recently climbed a very big mountain. Many game developers take time off by going on lavish-ish tropical vacations or catching up on two-year game/movie/strained family relationships backlogs, but Rocket - true to his nickname - ascended Mount Everest. (OK, maybe not many real rockets specifically shoot for mountains, but you get the idea. IGNORE MY FLIMSY METAPHOR.) It turns out,…

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