RocketWerkz is the new studio of Dean “Rocket” Hall, creator of the DayZ mod for ARMA 2 and former head of Bohemia Interactive.
The developer is finally moving back home to New Zealand to work with a new team in a new studio. Speaking with Eurogamer, Dean Hall said that he admired Valve’s approach to making games. On that note, he also expressed how he’s a big fan of how the teams behind Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead, Half-Life, Counter-Strike and Dota 2 bring together talented developers.
The developer had already spoken about his intentions of leaving Bohemia Interactive in the hands of its current team at the start of the year.
“I want to make a Valve in the South Pacific,” he said, “if Valve focused on making games and not making Steam.”
Under Hall’s supervision, the survival mod DayZ has grown tremendously. The game’s standalone Early Access is in the top of Steam charts and thousands are anxiously waiting for its official release, which should be late next year or in 2016.
“Gabe Newell is always looking for really good modding teams,” Hall said.
Hiring for RocketWerkz began in June.