DayZ Standalone Could Be Delayed Until 2013

The creator of the original DayZ mod, Dean Hall AKA Rocket, has warned fans that the full standalone release of the highly anticipated online zombie survival game may be delayed until 2013. Speaking at the EuroGamer Expo Dean originally said that they could not afford to have the game push into next year but a number of technical changes in the delivery of the game may force Bohemia Interactive to rethink that statement.

The announcement was made in a recent post on the official DayZ development blog, with Rocket taking full responsibility on the delay stating “Any reason for the delay would be publicly discussed, and would most likely represent a failure personally on my part to plan correctly.” I was lucky enough to get a few minutes with him during the EuroGamer Expo and it was clear he’s an honest guy. It’s a very refreshing change for a developer to be so upfront about delays and the reasoning behind them.

He also said that they will totally avoid releasing a sub-par product just to meet a deadline, reassuring DayZ fans that the final version of the game will be well worth the wait. Despite the full launch being delayed the “foundation release”, a term recently borrowed by The War Z developers, should still be available on Steam before the end of the year.

“As discussed previously, this is a massive departure from the previous engine. In many ways, once this phase is completed – one could effectively say that DayZ is running on a new version of the engine. While the graphics may look the same (for now), under the hood so much is being completely rewritten.”

The game is currently slated to be released on PC but the developers have been quoted in the past saying “We’d be stupid not to consider a console release”, so there’s still hope for you zombie console fans.