The Future of Day Z
We’ve already discussed Day Z here on Hard Reset quite a few times because we love it. What we sometimes forget is that the game is still only in an alpha stage, which makes us wonder about the future of the title.
There has been talk about developer ‘Rocket’ deliberating on creating a full stand-alone game out of Day Z. He’s even addressed this issue himself through various posts on his website’s forum. The main hurdle is that a stand-alone title requires funding, or to be more precise; the appropriate means of acquiring funds.
Many members of the community have suggested donation resources like Kickstarter. Whilst the idea of donations seems to make ‘Rocket’ a bit uneasy, he has admitted that Kickstarter could be useful to get things off the ground. He has also stated that he hates PayPal and thus donations through that service don’t seem likely. So without funds a full game release of Day Z seems improbable but a lot has been said about how little difference there would be between Day Z as a mod and as a full game.
Rocket put it like this; “If this project takes too long, then I am doing something wrong. I fully intend to have progressed to a full release (as what, mod/game I dont know) pretty quickly. There is no reason why that can’t be achieved”.
Personally I would rather see Day Z continue to flourish as and excellent community mod. I find that too many of the well known mods caused the developer too overstretch and run into many problems. Things like constantly developing for sequels and trying to make a full game can complicate the mod and cause it to never really be the finished product it was meant to be.
So as it stands there is no stand-alone title planned for Day Z, but if the community continues to show its support for Rocket and his mod then the possibility isn’t far off at all. However the question has to be asked, wouldn’t a full game be a lot more work? After all, a mod can use many of the assets, engine and features of the game it is running on (in this case Arma II), a full game would not be able to do this.