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DayZ Beta and Release Planned for 2018

A Status Report on the DayZ website talks about the future of Bohemia Interactive's survival game (thanks Polygon). Though this entered early access four years ago, the game is still considered to be in the alpha phase. At one point they said the beta stage would not happen before the end of 2014, but now they say it will not come before the end of 2017 either, in spite of word in May that the beta tag was imminent. The good news is that they say the game should enter beta next year and they also indicate they expect it to reach version 1.0 before the end of 2018, though obviously such predictions have not proven reliable in the past. The other caveat is they say they do not expect the beta to be feature complete, which would still be considered an alpha in the good old days. Here's current outlook on their release plans:

Let's just state the obvious: the PC BETA is not coming before the end of 2017. We tried to get it done sooner, but it's going to be 2018 folks. Both the BETA update and any further 0.63 updates, up to 1.0, will happen in 2018, which is shaping up to be one of the most important years for DayZ. That is as much as we are sure of yet. I'll be honest, it has been a long wait already - even for us - but that's all we got now.

DayZ BETA is not meant to be a feature complete game from our point of view. It's a start of a platform that will be extended by us, and can be extended by the modding community. When we kick-started DayZ, one of the most challenging projects at Bohemia, the aim was to bring both the game AND a new engine out to you - a complete game platform. Almost all company resources were focused there. Itís a giant undertaking that bit us in the ass, but we kept our focus on delivering that envisioned platform.

By saying platform, I mean an ecosystem where we are able to keep adding things and building the DayZ community from PC BETA onward. We have talked about a number of features over the years that we intend to deliver, but our strongest focus has been put on the core loop of the game. There, we need to get things right, otherwise it would be a giant waste of time. For all of us, and for all of you. So after the PC BETA of DayZ gets out, we will focus on polishing the core gameplay loop, and adding content - but until we reach 1.0, we want to stay away from expanding the scope of the game further by additional features.

Just to be clear: features mean large gameplay loops on their own, for example persistence, or the infected. By content, I mean particular weapon, car, or environment asset models. In short, content is anything that provides more options within given features, or provides more of general visual appeal.

For the PC BETA (again, that's the first 0.63 Stable update, and any 0.63 patches between that and 1.0 - there's no 0.64 or 0.65 planned), we've set a pretty clear feature and content goals. We're ready to share them now, let's start with features.

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19. Re: DayZ Beta and Release Planned for 2018 Dec 2, 2017, 03:52 Muscular Beaver
 
RedEye9 wrote on Dec 1, 2017, 23:15:
Muscular Beaver wrote on Dec 1, 2017, 22:08:
RedEye9 wrote on Dec 1, 2017, 10:59:
aka_STEVE wrote on Dec 1, 2017, 10:44:
Maybe they could also team up with Star Citizen for a zombie mod in space for simultaneous release ....????
Buy a your own plot of land and help keep it zombie free.
I thought dayz was pretty much dead, like it's native inhabitants.
5 to 8k players peak every day.
http://steamcharts.com/app/578080
https://steamdb.info/app/578080/graphs/
I know, but because PUBG has over a million, doesnt mean all other games that dont are dead. DayZ has a healthy playerbase. You can call it dead once it reaches low 100s.
 
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Waiting for BIS to come back to their senses and do a real ArmA 2 successor.
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18. Re: DayZ Beta and Release Planned for 2018 Dec 1, 2017, 23:15 RedEye9
 
Muscular Beaver wrote on Dec 1, 2017, 22:08:
RedEye9 wrote on Dec 1, 2017, 10:59:
aka_STEVE wrote on Dec 1, 2017, 10:44:
Maybe they could also team up with Star Citizen for a zombie mod in space for simultaneous release ....????
Buy a your own plot of land and help keep it zombie free.
I thought dayz was pretty much dead, like it's native inhabitants.
5 to 8k players peak every day.
http://steamcharts.com/app/578080
https://steamdb.info/app/578080/graphs/
 
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https://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report
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17. Re: DayZ Beta and Release Planned for 2018 Dec 1, 2017, 22:08 Muscular Beaver
 
RedEye9 wrote on Dec 1, 2017, 10:59:
aka_STEVE wrote on Dec 1, 2017, 10:44:
Maybe they could also team up with Star Citizen for a zombie mod in space for simultaneous release ....????
Buy a your own plot of land and help keep it zombie free.
I thought dayz was pretty much dead, like it's native inhabitants.
5 to 8k players peak every day.
 
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Waiting for BIS to come back to their senses and do a real ArmA 2 successor.
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16. Re: DayZ Beta and Release Planned for 2018 Dec 1, 2017, 17:30 HorrorScope
 
I see...

Go Early Access, get a lot of people and dollars while developing.
Be forgotten for a year or two.
Then release the game, like a "Oh shit yeah that game and it's done now, lets check it out"

My thing with EA was if you wait til release, is anybody going to be there? But go silent forever and then release. Probably a good move.
 
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15. Re: DayZ Beta and Release Planned for 2018 Dec 1, 2017, 16:38 jdreyer
 
I get the negatives, but I admire them for not abandoning it. Maybe this will be fun and stable one day.  
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Stay a while, and listen.
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14. Re: DayZ Beta and Release Planned for 2018 Dec 1, 2017, 16:23 Creston
 
Baby, come back! Next year is the year I'll change for good! I promise, baby! I won't hit you no more! Baby! Baby...?!  
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13. Re: DayZ Beta and Release Planned for 2018 Dec 1, 2017, 14:51 Overon
 
Hasn't this been in beta and early access for a decade now?

So this is like the Chris Roberts school of development. And suckers keep paying.
 
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12. Re: DayZ Beta and Release Planned for 2018 Dec 1, 2017, 13:54 Tipsy McStagger
 
Acleacius wrote on Dec 1, 2017, 12:02:
Wait, they actually put zombies in now, it's not just pvp gankfest. Where's my shocked face, when I need it! Shocked2

This is all this game is..
 
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11. Re: Skyrim Creation Club Launches with Survival Mode Dec 1, 2017, 12:49 Kajetan
 
RedEye9 wrote on Dec 1, 2017, 12:10:
As have the majority. They missed their narrow window and gamers have moved on, anyone hear of a game called PUBG.
Having the majority isnt always a good thing. Sometimes a nice niche is way better for the devs, the game and the players.
 
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10. Re: DayZ Beta and Release Planned for 2018 Dec 1, 2017, 12:10 RedEye9
 
Retired wrote on Dec 1, 2017, 12:05:
meh. moved on long ago.
As have the majority. They missed their narrow window and gamers have moved on, anyone hear of a game called PUBG.
 
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9. Re: DayZ Beta and Release Planned for 2018 Dec 1, 2017, 12:09 MajorD
 

Both the BETA update and any further 0.63 updates, up to 1.0, will happen in 2018, which is shaping up to be one of the most important years for DayZ. And by that time, even more people will have moved on.....
 
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Still counting...
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8. Re: DayZ Beta and Release Planned for 2018 Dec 1, 2017, 12:05 Retired
 
meh. moved on long ago.  
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7. Re: DayZ Beta and Release Planned for 2018 Dec 1, 2017, 12:03 RedEye9
 
aka_STEVE wrote on Dec 1, 2017, 11:38:
maybe Star Citizen was a bad comparison,..- how about, DayukeZukemForever
SquadronDayukeZukemForeverCitizen
 
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6. Re: DayZ Beta and Release Planned for 2018 Dec 1, 2017, 12:02 Acleacius
 
Wait, they actually put zombies in now, it's not just pvp gankfest. Where's my shocked face, when I need it! Shocked2  
Stop. Lose all scripted responses. Improvisation only.
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5. Re: DayZ Beta and Release Planned for 2018 Dec 1, 2017, 11:38 aka_STEVE
 
maybe Star Citizen was a bad comparison,..- how about, DayukeZukemForever  
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4. Re: DayZ Beta and Release Planned for 2018 Dec 1, 2017, 11:14 jacobvandy
 
Development may be slow, but at least it's been playable these past four years... Can't say the same for Fart Citizen.  
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3. Re: DayZ Beta and Release Planned for 2018 Dec 1, 2017, 10:59 RedEye9
 
aka_STEVE wrote on Dec 1, 2017, 10:44:
Maybe they could also team up with Star Citizen for a zombie mod in space for simultaneous release ....????
Buy a your own plot of land and help keep it zombie free.
I thought dayz was pretty much dead, like it's native inhabitants.
 
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https://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report
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2. Re: DayZ Beta and Release Planned for 2018 Dec 1, 2017, 10:51 Rhett
 
Say what you will, but it's not been abandoned, and the latest major patches have been pretty big (and good) changes. Albeit very slow.  
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1. Re: DayZ Beta and Release Planned for 2018 Dec 1, 2017, 10:44 aka_STEVE
 
Maybe they could also team up with Star Citizen for a zombie mod in space for simultaneous release ....????  
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