DayZ dev roadmap details a busy 2015 for the game

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Beta version for the open world zombie survival MMO due in Q4, console prototype by Q3

With DayZ passing its first year in early access,. the developer, Bohemia Interactive has announced the planned update schedule for 2015.

DayZ Producer Brian Hicks, revealed 2015’s updates saying: “2014 has been an immensely successful year for DayZ. We could have never hoped for so many people to join us for the adventure of Early Access development. As the team looks forward to our goals and features set for 2015, the vision of an open world sandbox where the player creates their own story and experiences comes closer to completion”.

Updates will be coming to the wildlife (including predatory animals), zombies and player characters. alongside a new renderer and user interface. Vehicles, traps, barricades and construction will also be integrated into the game.

The PC beta for DayZ will start in Quarter 4 with a console prototype ready in Quarter 3, versions for both PS4 and Xbox One are planned.

Below is a rundown of the DayZ’s 2015 development schedule.

Q1 2015

  • · Basic vehicles
  • · Advanced loot distribution
  • · New renderer
  • · New Zombie AI
  • · Basic stealth system (zombies and animals)
  • · Diseases

Q2 2015

  • · Advanced vehicles (repair and modifications)
  • · Advanced animals (life cycle, group behavior)
  • · Player statistics
  • · New UI
  • · Player stamina
  • · Dynamic events

Q3 2015

  • · Traps
  • · Barricading
  • · Character life span + soft skills
  • · Animal predators + birds
  • · Aerial transport
  • · Console prototype

Q4 2015

  • · Animal companions
  • · Steam community integration
  • · Construction (base building)
  • · BETA version, expected price 34,99 EUR / 43,99 USD

Bohemia also announced the finished game will release in the first half of 2016 with an expected price of 39.99 EUR / 49.99 USD. This puts two price hikes on the game before it’s finally ready.

Looking on Steam today, and DayZ is 15% off in the Steam sale priced at £19.54 in the UK, knocked down from £22.99.

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