A million years later, DayZ is lurching out of early access in 2018 (maybe)

I mean, this game was supposed to launch in 2012. Then 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017. Now it’s still not even in beta, but apparently DayZ will be out, for real this time, in 2018, and also on console. Until it isn’t, obviously.

“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,” lead producer Eugen Harton explains in a recent update about the game.

“As soon as the PC BETA is headed in a way we like, we’re still committed to bringing DayZ to Xbox, where we have a large community of gamers patiently (very patiently!) waiting for a truly hardcore online survival game. All of that will (and must) happen next year – meaning we’re just about to start what could possibly be the most exciting year for DayZ so far. In short: DayZ will be out of Early Access next year, and we’ll also finally deliver it to console players in 2018.”

The game has also previously been confirmed for PS4, but no more info about that is available at the moment.

Originally released as a cult-popular ARMA 2 mod and then as a standalone game on Steam’s Early Access program in 2013, the Soviet-dystopian zombies-‘n-beans survival sim was an instant megahit for creator Dean Hall and publisher Bohemia Interactive, selling over 400,000 copies in its debut week and three million by January 2015. Since then, Hall has dropped out of the project to open his own company RocketWertz (and announce and cancel its first game), and ongoing development was moved over to Cauldron Studios. Does it even have a proper inventory system yet? I dunno, I stopped playing it five years ago already.