Lead DayZ dev steps down

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Dean Hall drops out to form own studio; promises to remain involved in Zombie survival game.

Dean Hall, lead developer of popular survival MMO DayZ, has announced his intentions to leave behind the popular Zombie game to form his own studio.

Speaking to Eurogamer, he explained that the game he created will be left in the hands of the team he formed at developer Bohemia, while he pursues his own projects in his native New Zealand.

Describing himself as a “grenade”, Hall says he’s good at innovating and starting new projects but is ill at ease when given a long-term product to maintain.

“I have a specific use. I'm really good at risk-taking and making other people take risks, I've always been good at that in my life,” he explained.

"But eventually, that's the bad person to have… at some point I'll be a disaster for the project, at least in a leadership role.”

However, he urged fans of the still in development Zombie survival game not to worry and that he’ll be checking in with DayZ’s progress every once in a while.

"I'll be always involved," he reassured. "I'll always be involved with it; there's no way to escape it."

DayZ has developed a strong following, hitting 800,000 sales in its first month alone, with legions of fans investing in the unfinished game due to freedom it gives players and the often bizarre and punishing experiences people have.


image: © Bohemia Interactive

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