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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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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  
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