'DayZ' Creator: Standalone Alpha Out This Year to Beat Copycats

After announcing back in August that the wildly popular Arma II mod DayZ would be getting its own standalone release, creator Dean Hall explained during Eurgamer Expo that he has been crunching to get the sprawling zombie action game a standalone release in order to beat copycats and imitators.

When speaking at the event, Hall said that gamers should expect an alpha version of the game possibly by December. "And it's going to be cheap," he promises. "We've decided that we don't need to sell a heap of units in order for us to be OK with where it's going. The more units we sell of it the more ambitious we get, because the project has the better resources." Those resources could potentially translate into new features early next year--features that Hall is wary about sharing at this point with competing, broadly very similar titles like War Z spinning up out in the wild.

During his talk, it sounds like Hall attempts to take the diplomatic path when it comes to talking about War Z, saying that a natural reaction is to get upset or even anxious that Hammerpoint's zombie MMO might end up being a better game. At the same time, he doesn't want to commit time and resources to chasing potential clones in court: ""Should I sue anyone who ever mentions something to do with zombie horror - will that make a better game? And the whole premise of of DayZ, and the whole premise of our development is we're going to make an awesome game. That's what we're selling."

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