The DayZ developers announced on their official Tumblr page today that the game will become a standalone product, moving away from its current ArmA II mod status. The game will “follow the Minecraft development model” with frequent updates and a heavily discounted price for alpha purchasers.
The standalone product will be built and maintained alongside the modification version for now. More details are expected in the coming weeks, including a new site for the game itself: www.dayzgame.com.
The DayZ mod was released three months ago and has already attracted over 1 million players, and sent the three year old ArmA II to the top of Steam’s sales figures for seven straight weeks. It has received glowing praise from the media and the industry for its realistic take on survival in a zombie-infested wasteland. Bohemia Interactive’s CEO praised the mod and first suggested that it could be a standalone title. It seems a safe bet to believe that he may have a hand in helping DayZ stand up on its own.