Mod No More: 'DayZ' To Become a Standalone Game

The Arma II mod is now under active development at Bohemia Interactive after dragging gamers through an emergent zombie apocalypse.

The few details we have after the jump.

I had a friend spend a good 15 minutes walking me through his first experience with DayZ, the indie mod of the military sim Arma II, getting more excited as he recounted the breathless struggle to stay alive in an open city filled with the living dead. He told me about his frantic scramble for limited ammo and health, the roving bands of player-controlled bandits, and the desperate hunt for his friend who was likewise wandering alone in the game's 225 sq. km open city. It was (and I'm paraphrasing here) the stuff, this game, and he was enamored with the way that DayZ simply drops you into a nightmare, sits back, and says "go."

This is the point where I should say that I haven't played DayZ, owing to... well, whatever (a combination of zombie fatigue and an underperforming PC might fit in there somewhere, though). I won't have an excuse not to as it'll one day be a standalone game developed by the folks at Arma II's Bohemia Interactive.

Now the DayZ team wants to assure everyone that they'll continue putting out updates for the mod as development ramps up for the standalone title, stating on the game's Tumblr:

Development and updates of the mod will continue in parallel with the development of the game, so anyone who is playing the mod now will be able to continue to do so. The project will follow the Minecraft development model; fast iterations with the community alpha available for a heavily discounted price.

We'll keep an eye out for more news here and let you know as additional details develop.

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