Previously Dean ‘Rocket’ Hall has many a times hinted on a standalone version of the Arma 2 Zombie Mod, DayZ. The creator of the mod was probably waiting for a milestone achievement before announcing his plans.
The day after the mod hit a smashing one million player count did Hall announce that DayZ will be developed as a standalone title and he personally will be leading the project at Bohemia.
Hall further said that DayZ will be following the Minecraft development model. An alpha version will be made available at a very discounted price and this will later on be updated in fast iterations. So you can play the game while it’s being developed at the same time.
Development and updates of the mod will continue in parallel with the development of the game, so anyone who is playing the mod now will be able to continue to do so.
DayZ is ever growing in popularity, getting 500,000 players in the last month.