Dean 'Rocket' Hall, the mastermind behind zombie MMO DayZ has confirmed that the game will be developed as a standalone release, by Bohemia Interactive - the studio behind ArmA II, the game upon which DayZ was built.
Speaking in a blog post today, Rocket announced:
Development and updates of the mod will continue in parallel with the development of the game, so anyone who is playing the mod now will be able to continue to do so. The project will follow the Minecraft development model; fast iterations with the community alpha available for a heavily discounted price.
I realize people will have many, many questions - but we wanted to let everyone know the announcement now. Over the coming weeks, these questions will be answered. The game will have it’s own site, www.dayzgame.com and the mod will continue at it’s present link.
Working with Bohemia Interactive means that Rocket will not have to rebuild all of the code for a new engine. This means that we can expect to see an alpha release of the standalone DayZ game in the near future, ideally.
We don't really have any more information available at this time, but we're looking forward to following along with the development of the standalone version of DayZ! With The War Z looming on the horizon, we're happy to hear that Rocket was able to make this happen with Bohemia Interactive.
Check out http://dayzgame.com/ for the official website of the standalone version of DayZ!