Well, the developers who made the mod are now looking at making their own stand-alone game completely, and they want the launch to be before Christmas this year. They didn’t state an actual release, or confirm if it was happening at all, only citing that they think it could happen “certainly before Christmas,” if they can reach an agreement on whether or not to do it first.
They’ve already had offers, but they’ve been put aside, thinking that those offers may only be made based on the sheer speed of success the mod had rather than what it will be like when it finally levels out.
Dean Hall, one of the team recently spoke with VG247 about the future of Day Z:
“We’re really on borrowed time,” he said. “I want to see it become a standalone game, following the Minecraft model of a low price point, but that will only work if we say that everyone is going to pay, and in order for people to not feel ripped off we need to have a load of new content; so, things like base-building, tidying and cleaning up animations and add ragdoll physics as the like.”