The ludicrously popular Arma 2 zombie mod known as DayZ has taken the PC gaming community by storm in the past few months, performing the insane feat of pushing a three-year-old game to the top of the Steam sales charts for over seven weeks straight, holding the top position for much of that time. It comes as little surprise then that Arma 2 developer Bohemia was eager to keep that unexpected gravy train rolling, announcing today that DayZ would be re-released as a standalone game.
Pretty much everyone saw this one coming. When a mod for a game catches this kind of success it’s pretty much inevitable. DayZ follows in the footsteps of such games as Team Fortress, Counter-Strike and Dota 2 that got their start as mods and were eventually re-released as a standalone package.
Details are scarce at this point regarding what changes the retail release of the game might bring, though it is confirmed that mod developer Dean “Rocket” Hall will be leading the dev team, and apparently the Arma 2 version will continue to receive regular updates alongside it. The game will be sold in a model similar to Minecraft, offering an early beta release at a low price that will get higher as development moves forward.
The ease of installing DayZ by itself rather than having to buy Arma 2 and set it up manually will certainly attract droves of players who would never have even played the game otherwise. That said, time to begin complaining about these aforementioned “filthy casuals” who will surely somehow ruin the game.