DayZ Standalone's Upcoming Features Confirmed
DayZ Standalone lead designer Dean “Rocket” Hall has confirmed many new features to be implemented for his popular game based on the ArmA II modification, DayZ. Most would be bursting at the seams with excitement over many confirmations, but I am not. In line with my previous post, I am still not thrilled with any of these features, or the game in particular.... yet.
I received a few scathing messages via Skype from upset DayZ fans condemning me for bashing the release and contradicting my reasons for not wanting to participate in the Alpha. People seem to be over-hyping the game to a whole new level, and don’t understand that the game they are playing now is no different than the game that we’ve all been playing for nearly two years.
Hall touts such features as ‘More Zombies’ and ‘Animals and Hunting’ like it’s something we haven’t seen before. All of these features were enabled in the modification version of ArmA II. You mean to tell me that isn’t even in the alpha? Furthermore, he beautifies the concepts of improved ‘Server Management Options’ and flirts with an unnamed anti-hack “partner” who will provide ‘Additional Anti-Hack and Security’ alongside Valve’s VAC anti-cheat platform. All of these future features are something that should have been included with a base Alpha and tested alongside current client features in order to prevent things from caving in on themselves when fixed. And things will break, often.
I do admire DayZ’s ability to draw a crowd, though. More than 687,000 people have purchased the title, with over 400,000 of them actively participating in the Alpha. Meanwhile, I’m sitting here with my thumbs where they don’t belong, enjoying empty Mod servers and looting everyones bases. And having a blast while doing it.
I will be keeping a close eye on the game in the next few months. Both Rocket and I anticipate a big year for DayZ, and I’m doing my best to ignore such hype and look at the broader image. Maybe I’ll buy the game, someday. Maybe. Probably. Ah who am I kidding, I’ll buy it for sure.