Speaking in a brand new interview, Dean 'Rocket' Hall - the man behind DayZ - has expressed his desire to convert DayZ to a standalone game, and believes that he can do so before Christmas, with the right support.
Hall wants to eventually start selling DayZ as a standalone title, but to do that, he feels duty-bound to create a ton of new content for the game so that folks who bought ARMA II and have been playing DayZ for a while won't feel ripped off. This includes "things like base-building, tidying and cleaning up animations and add ragdoll physics as the like," according to Hall. All of this can only be achieved if Hall manages to secure financial backing, whether through something like Kickstarter or by acquiring a publisher.
He is optimistic, however, saying that - with financial backing - he would be able to release a standalone version of DayZ 'certainly before Christmas'.
With The War Z on the horizon, Hall looks to be trying his best to capture the momentum that DayZ has going for it, before someone else comes in to take it for themselves. If you're playing DayZ, make sure you visit the DayZ Wiki for a plethora of DayZ resources at your disposal.