Despite what many had ended up believing, Bohemia Interactive really did intend to have DayZ leave the clutches of early access on Steam.
Posting on the official blog earlier today, the developer finally made the long-awaited announcement that the influential open-world survival game will get an official release sometime next year on PC. There will be multiple updates leading the beta into the final form, and more details on the nature of expected content will be shared next month.
“We tried to get it done sooner, but it’s going to be 2018 folks,” lead producer Eugen Harton explained. “Both the BETA update and any further 0.63 updates, up to 1.0, will happen in 2018, which is shaping up to be one of the most important years for DayZ.”
Once Bohemia Interactive has ascertained that the beta version is running smoothly on PC, it will begin rolling out the game for Xbox One within the same year. Interestingly, the developer made no mention of the PlayStation 4 version. This is despite DayZ being announced for both consoles previously.
Bohemia Interactive will not be ending support for DayZ just because it has left early access on Steam. The development team is committed to the game “for as long as it is viable” and has promised to release further content for players to munch on.
DayZ launched back in December 2013 and has remained in an unfinished state since then. It was reported to have sold more than 3 million copies a couple of years back.
With the surging popularity of the battle royale genre, as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite have proven, it is possible that DayZ will also receive a similar mod in the future.