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DayZ to relaunch with a new engine on PC "in a couple of weeks"

We're finally about to see some meaningful progress on DayZ, the beleagured survival game that spawned a dozen imitators. Eugen Harton, lead producer at developers Bohemia, says it will relaunch with a new engine on PC "in a couple of weeks."

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Speaking with PCGamesN at [email protected] - an event for Microsoft's indie label - Harton says:

"We're releasing DayZ on a new engine in a couple of weeks on PC, and it's gonna be coming to Game Preview on Xbox this year. That's basically our aim. I would almost say it's a reboot of DayZ on PC."

Harton shied away from confirming that this constitutes the game's long-awaited launch from Early Access, where it has dwelt for over four years. Last we heard, they were aiming to achieve a 1.0 release later this year.

A few years ago, DayZ was all the rage, but it has long since been overtaken by its many imitators and spin-offs. First there was H1Z1, and then PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, which is fitting: just as DayZ began as a mod for 2010's Arma II, so did Brendan 'PlayerUnknown' Greene make his first battle royale game in DayZ. Circle of life.

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Asked if he's worried about the surge of competition, Harton is happy to admit that "the hardcore simulation we're working on is not gonna compete with PUBG. It's not gonna compete with Fortnite." But he argues that Fortnite appeals to children, and PUBG to competitive types. "I think we have a different customer. I'm pretty sure of that."

What he does hope to see is old-school streamers, who perhaps started in DayZ, coming home and introducing the relaunched game to a new audience. "It might not become a mainstream thing, but that's not our customer. I'm okay with that. I know what game I'm making - I don't want to appeal to everybody."

Appealing to consoles, where the choice of battle royales and survival games is thinner than on PC, is another part of the plan. "I still feel like we have not hit our peak. This is the year of DayZ."

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3 Months ago

All that early access money they made from mugs like me, is just being used to develop there crap engine to run on consoles, where they will make even more money...i haven't regretted getting many games in early access, but this is top of the crap list for sure....such a disappointment.

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3 Months ago

you are an idiot they developed that engine because the old one wasnt enough for DayZ and its what Arma 4 will be based on

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WhiteCrow Avatar
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3 Months ago

A stepping stone. That's all this game was. It served as an example that there is interest and success to be found in such genres. They squandered any chance at that success for themselves. Even in his own words, he appears to be groveling for what little piece of the pie he can get.

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Survivorpoptart Avatar
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3 Months ago

Not really. Bohemia interactive won on this one regardless of how Dayz does since this game is using Arma 4's engine.

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Radgast Avatar
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3 Months ago

That's not true. They developed a new engine, using assets from ARMA 3, the new engine is Enfusion. The next generation of games from Bohemia are supposedly going to use the Enfusion engine from now on.

Aims are bringing their games to consoles were always high and one of the primary reasons the development has been so long. I don't blame them but I also have lost faith in them. Put helicopters in and I'll play..till then, good job but fuck em.

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Francoa Avatar
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3 Months ago

I tell you exactly how it is. They were lucky, the hype made them incredible amount of money in the beginning. I would say that 80-90% of players already purchased the game in first 2 yrs of developement. They knew it, they know, that they will not make anymore money on PC. That is the reason nr1 why they focus development on consoles, where they can still make some money and reason nr2 is simple...why to spend more money to bring the game faster when they know that everyone already bought the thing..so they use the money to make another games, to secure another income. Dayz has become cash cow, but the milk was never going back to feed to dayz. The kind of robbed us all on this ;) Why do u think Dean left so early ;)

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3 Months ago

yeah that's why they developed a whole new engine

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