When Dean 'Rocket' Hall last emerged from the isolated cocoon that is DayZ development, he announced that the standalone version of everyone's favorite ArmA II mod, DayZ, would be arriving before the end of 2012. It looks like he might be ready to start narrowing that down a bit, however.
In a recent interview with VG 24/7, Rocket revealed that he wants to get an alpha test version of the game out in November. While this wasn't explicitly stated, it seems like the release of The War Z's alpha and beta test this month may have something to do with today's announcement.
I think we’ve got a winner here but it’s been challenging. It’s a slower development than I’d like, and while that’s not going to affect the release date, it is going to affect how ambitious we can be with the actual content.
I think the most important thing is we deal with hacking, bugs, duping, new content, tidy up some of the features and expand them a bit. I think if we can get that base – by the end of November or December – then that means January and February will be really happy, fun times.
Now, this is by no means a guarantee that the game will be available in any form by November, but it's certainly encouraging that Hall is shooting for an earlier release. At the end of the day, it seems like the most important factor for Rocket and the DayZ development team is quality.
If DayZ is enjoyable and stable, we think they'll release it regardless of the timeframe.
Source: VG 24/7