Dean Hall gets that leaving Bohemia to make a Tycoon game “sounds really weird and random” | PCGamesN

Riot chase down League of Legends hackers; "Every player to trigger this exploit will be punished"

Blizzard to deploy Australian servers for World of Warcraft ahead of Warlords of Draenor

What to do in Assassin's Creed Unity's Paris: Murder, stealing and a bit of detective work

DayZ

Dean Hall gets that leaving Bohemia to make a Tycoon game “sounds really weird and random”

DayZ Standalone Bohemia Interactive

It’s no secret that Dean Hall, lead developer on DayZ (which you should play if our DayZ review has anything to say), plans to move on from Bohemia Interactive at the end of this year. What we didn’t know is that he was doing it to make a tycoon game. Hall admits this “sounds really weird and random.”

“I’m already prototyping two new games,” he told our Tim at E3 last week. “One of them I was already working on before DayZ. It’s a tycoon game, which sounds really weird and random.”

The other game Hall is referring to is likely the one inspired by his ascent of Everest.

He didn’t give Tim any more details of the tycoon game but he did explain his reasons for leaving Bohemia at the height of DayZ’s development. “All this happened so fast and, while I had a lot of good skills, I think I’ve been really good at pushing for radical change and radical development in scope approaches, but that’s not the best way to stabilise what we have now.

“I’ll always be involved but, largely, from my perspective, there are things that I wanted to do with it and when I’ve done those I can move on.”

He won’t be starting development of his next game alone, though. Hall plans on forming a new studio in New Zealand. “Queenstown is the place I’m looking at,” he said. “They call it the venture capital of New Zealand.

“One of my lessons from DayZ is I didn’t spend enough time planning for success, and dramatic success, which mean there was a lot of reactivity. I see that in our dev blogs and, while it’s kind of cute sometimes, that we’re a bit disorganised, going forwards getting a bit more organised about doing those things before actually doing those things is important.”

Hall also made clear that it was always his plan to leave Bohemia. “It was never a permanent thing. I was supposed to go for six months, this is my third year. It’s always rolling on by a few months, so you’re always just about to go home, and that’s exhausting.” He says the decision to move isn’t because he’s homesick, he’s been used to moving around a lot since his time with the army, but because he gets frustrated, “sometimes it feels like I’m treading water.”

After Hall leaves Bohemia there’s little chance the studio will abandon DayZ. Even while still only in Early Access, DayZ’s sold more than 2.5 million copies. There will be year’s of zombie survival still to come.

Login or Register
2
+3
-1
bryant's picture
113

Good riddance, I say. If we would have had a real DEV, making the right design calls a couple years ago we would all still be playing DayZ today.

Seen this one coming a couple light years away.

2
+2
-0
NihlusGreen's picture
86

Tycoon Z?

Alienware - Game VictoriousNvidia Shield - Titanfall
Guild Wars 2: Tyria prepares for war with the return of the Living World Season 2

Guild Wars 2

Guild Wars 2: Tyria prepares for war with the return of the Living World Season 2

Riot chase down League of Legends hackers;

Riot chase down League of Legends hackers; "Every player to trigger this exploit will be punished"

Blizzard to deploy Australian servers for World of Warcraft ahead of Warlords of Draenor

Blizzard to deploy Australian servers for World of Warcraft ahead of Warlords of Draenor

What to do in Assassin's Creed Unity's Paris: Murder, stealing and a bit of detective work

What to do in Assassin's Creed Unity's Paris: Murder, stealing and a bit of detective work

Take a free weekend break in Arma 3

Take a free weekend break in Arma 3

WildStar's Carbine Studios loses over 60 staff in NCSoft

WildStar's Carbine Studios loses over 60 staff in NCSoft "restructuring"

Stockholm Syndrome: Why Scandinavia loves DreamHack

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Stockholm Syndrome: Why Scandinavia loves DreamHack

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty will come to PC

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty will come to PC "as soon as possible", and a beta is being considered

Look at Dark Souls 2 through new eyes with the first-person mod

Look at Dark Souls 2 through new eyes with the first-person mod

3D Realms rises from the grave with a 32-game anthology

3D Realms rises from the grave with a 32-game anthology

World of Warcraft character transfers and changes discounted by 25%

World of Warcraft character transfers and changes discounted by 25%

Past Team Fortress 2 Halloween events reactivated to warm you up for Scream Fortress 6

Past Team Fortress 2 Halloween events reactivated to warm you up for Scream Fortress 6

Civilization: Beyond Earth review

Civilization: Beyond Earth

Civilization: Beyond Earth review

Risk of Rain patch 1.2 adds killer chef and Aliens-inspired Loader

Risk of Rain patch 1.2 adds killer chef and Aliens-inspired Loader

Dota 2 players outnumbered all 99 other games on Steam's most-played list put together today

Dota 2 players outnumbered all 99 other games on Steam's most-played list put together today

Assassin's Creed Unity system specs are as steep as Notre Dame

Assassin's Creed Unity system specs are as steep as Notre Dame

Nvidia now support DSR scaling for GeForce GTX 500, 600 and 700 Series graphics cards

Nvidia now support DSR scaling for GeForce GTX 500, 600 and 700 Series graphics cards

Counter-Strike ushers in its Halloween Mask-erade with player ghosts and vengeful chickens

Counter-Strike ushers in its Halloween Mask-erade with player ghosts and vengeful chickens

Warframe Archwing update turns you into a rocket-powered space ninja

Warframe

Warframe Archwing update turns you into a rocket-powered space ninja

Get better acquainted with Dragon Age: Inquisition's Iron Bull, Sera and Dorian

Get better acquainted with Dragon Age: Inquisition's Iron Bull, Sera and Dorian

Don't call them dreadnoughts: Fractured Space is a multiplayer ship combat game from the Strike Suit Zero team

Don't call them dreadnoughts: Fractured Space is a multiplayer ship combat game from the Strike Suit Zero team

Lucas Pope's Return of the Obra Dinn is a 1-bit mystery, and you can play some of it right now

Lucas Pope's Return of the Obra Dinn is a 1-bit mystery, and you can play some of it right now

Titanfall's next update will add wave-based co-op shenanigans and a bunch of new enemies

Titanfall's next update will add wave-based co-op shenanigans and a bunch of new enemies

Lords of the Fallen is a bit tricky, so Deck13 has broken down the mechanics in video form

Lords of the Fallen is a bit tricky, so Deck13 has broken down the mechanics in video form