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DayZ creative director joins with creator for a massive new survival game

The former creative director of DayZ‘s standalone version has joined RocketWerkz, the studio of DayZ creator Dean Hall, to work on a new survival game. Brian Hicks split from Bohemia Interactive and DayZ in 2018, and now he’s with Dean “Rocket” Hall, who bailed on Bohemia and DayZ in 2014. All Hall says to describe RocketWerkz’s technically-unannounced survival game i...


Play DayZ for FREE

Hi Survivors,We are delighted to announce the upcoming DayZ Free Weekend, starting on Thursday, February 13th (10 AM PST), and ending on Monday, February 17th (10 AM PST). To play DayZ for free, head over to the DayZ store page and install the game – it’s as simple as that.For those infected by the DayZ experience, there will also be a 40% discount on the base game, as well as a 10% discount o...


Stable Update 1.07

Hello Survivors, The new 1.07 Update brings some important fixes and exciting new elements to the game. We are adding the Repeater Carbine which uses .357 rounds, and the 12ga Rubber Slugs which can be used by any of your favorite shotguns. This new update also focus on important fixes, from small gameplay tweaks to the inventory fixes that were affecting the players experience since the release...


PC Gaming's most surprising spin-offs

I love a spin-off. Angel? Great stuff! Count Duckula? The Better Call Saul of cartoons. Kourtney and Khlo Take Miami? Take me, I m yours! I could go on and on cutting-and-pasting from this Wikipedia page, but I ll get to the point. Games also have spin-offs. Often they ll be forgotten about. Sometimes they re even disowned. On a few occasions, they ll take on a life of their own and exist apart fr...


How DayZ spawned a new genre: the unfinished survival game

The first game I ever bought from Steam Early Access was a survival sandbox called Under the Ocean. I paid $7 in June 2013, and I played it, enjoyed it, and tried out new alphas as they were released over the next few months. As time passed, the game's scope grew, devblogs and roadmaps were published, and new features like multiplayer were discussed with the community. In 2014, things began t...


DayZ gets a new map, bears

DayZ's first paid DLC has arrived. For $14 on Steam, you can experience a new map, Livonia, which at 163 square kilometers is a bit smaller than Chernarus and may provide more frequent player encounters. But players and zombies aren't the only hazards you'll need to worry about. There are bears in DayZ now, and not just in Livonia but also in the survival game's original map, C...


Livonia is Out!

Livonia is the brand-new DLC map for DayZ, allowing players to experience the hardcore survival hit in a whole new environment. Survive this new unfamiliar land for as long as possible.Key FeaturesIdyllic environment The new topography brings dense forests, overgrown fields, winding rivers, serene lakes, murky swamps and various remnants of an abandoned society.Frequent EncountersThe new map is th...


New map for DayZ is coming soon

With 163KM2, Livonia is the second official map of DayZ.After 5 years in Chernarus, players will now be able to bring everything they learned in this new challenge.Based on the Arma 3 Contact Expansion's map, Dayz's Livonia brings a world scarred by the consequences of the virus. With its large green areas, heavily forested zones, lakes and rivers scattered across the land, Livonia is the perfect ...


DayZ's new map will be full of thick forests and even thicker bears

It has been over five years since DayZ was released. In all that time, Chernarus has been the only home the survivors have known. (Officially at least, there are already unofficial map mods like Deer Isle). The lumpy land of Chernarus is a place the players know well, perhaps a little too well for a survival game that works best when it s unpredictable. To keep things chaotic, Bohemia have just an...


DayZ is getting a new map

After five years spent in Chernarus, DayZ is getting a brand new map in the form of Livonia, which is based on Arma 3's Contact Expansion map. Of course, the Livonia of DayZ will have zombies in it, as well as a new enemy type for DayZ: bears. According to an update on the DayZ website, "bears will give you a hard time if you don't know how to deal with them," which as far as I...


Stable Update 1.05

Hello Survivors!The PC Update 1.05 of DayZ is now live. It brings you an expansion on the disease system and introduces an advanced vaulting and climbing system. On the combat side, we've added two new pistols and one assault rifle. Furthermore, we've expanded our language support with Polish and Japanese.Get all the details and full patch notes below!New WeaponsMlock-91The Mlock-91 is a semi-auto...


DayZ's Australia ban has been officially reversed

Following a turbulent and frankly amusing couple of weeks, DayZ's Australian ban is no longer official, with the country's Classification Board issuing a new MA15+ classification today.The new classification is the result of a 'modified' version of the game submitted to the Classification Board. This version is more than likely the one which removes the offending depictions of ...


DayZ ban makes Australia 'laughing stock of the world', says politician

An Australian politician has said the country's decision to ban DayZ over in-game drug use has made it look like "the wet blanket and laughing stock of the whole world".Tim Quilty, Liberal Democratic Party member of the Victorian Legislative Council, said the "absurd" ban was triggered by Bohemia Interactive's plans to include cannabis as a healing item. The developer...


DayZ will be changed everywhere because of the Australian ban

DayZ has been having a bit of trouble in Australia recently. When the survival game's Australian distributor applied for a rating from the classification board ahead of the physical release, it was rejected. The rejection, effectively a ban, extended to the digital version, which was removed from sale. Last week, Bohemia Interactive told me that the rejection was down to the depiction of...


DayZ will be changed worldwide after weed sparks Australian ban

It was hardly a joint decision, but following the Australian Classification Board's ruling that DayZ would be banned from sale for its depiction of drugs, Bohemia Interactive has announced it will edit the game to bring it in line with Australian rules. For all versions worldwide. Last week, news broke that the ACB had rejected the physical release of DayZ thanks to "illicit or prescribed drug use...


Weed isn't usable in DayZ, but it's got the game banned in Australia

A couple of days ago, news outlets reported DayZ's physical release had been refused classification in Australia - despite the game having been out in digital form for five years. The reason for this, according to the Australian Classification Board's listing, was that it was deemed to "depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or rev...


DayZ's ban in Australia now extends to digital sales

Earlier in the week, DayZ was refused an age rating by the Australian Classification Board. Despite launching years ago and already having a 15+ rating, Australian distributor Five Star Games had to resubmit the game thanks to the impending launch of the physical edition. Unfortunately, the decision also extends to the digital version. While Bohemia Interactive told me that the digital versio...


DayZ physical release refused classification, effectively banned in Australia

Bohemia Interactive's multiplayer zombie survival game, DayZ, a title that's been legally available in Australia for over five years, has been refused an age rating by the Australian Classification Board, effectively banning it from sale - but it's a restriction that, rather absurdly, only applies to the upcoming physical release.While Bohemia Interactive is publisher of DayZ's digital version, wh...


DayZ has been refused classification in Australia (updated)

Update: Bohemia Interactive has clarified that the classification, or absence of one, doesn't effect the digital version of DayZ, only the upcoming physical edition. It's still available on Steam in Australia. Original story: DayZ has been refused an age rating by the notoriously strict Australian Classification Board. It's not unusual for games to not receive a rating in Austr...


Status Report - July 2019

Dear Survivors!DayZ is now out on all the major platforms – PC, Xbox, and PS4.You've probably seen team changes on social networks and are wondering: what's next? Of course, that's only natural, and today we would like to talk about the current issues, the expectations set by both the DayZ Mod and 0.62, and the future of the game.Past, Present, and Future Parity with 0.62 and the DayZ Mod – fu...


PC Stable Update 1.04

Hello Survivors!The fourth Platform Update of DayZ on PC is now live (both the client and server files). DayZ 1.04 brings you an expansion on the disease system and gives purpose to several medical items. On the combat side, we've added two new assault rifles from the trusty KA family and an arsenal of grenades as survivors discover their ability to throw items. However the infected have upgraded ...


PC Stable Update 1.03

Hello Survivors! We have just released the third Platform Update of DayZ on Steam (both the game update and server files update). The 1.03 update features new ways to use your firearms, along with several quality of life improvements and some nice tacticool touches like the ability to attach the NVGs and the Universal Flashlight to your Tactical Helmet, or two brand new belt models!Get all the det...


PC Stable Update 1.02

Hello Survivors! The second Platform Update of DayZ is out on Steam (both the game update and server files update). Along with many quality of live improvements, fixes and tweaks, it reintroduces two .308 caliber weapons and what's arguably the most luxurious transport option the post-apocalyptic Chernarus offers: the mighty Olga 24 sedan.While the 1.02 update does not have a strict theme,...


Community Spotlight - 22 February 2019

Hello Survivors,There's been a lot of great stuff happening in the community and today's Community Spotlight is once again completely packed, so make yourselves a cup of tea, sit back and enjoy!To kick things off, I have some interesting facts for you from our animation team. The animators have already made or started progress on 5660 animations for DayZ, and 4169 of those animations are currently...


PC Stable Update 1.01

Dear Survivors! We've just released the PC Stable Update 1.01 on Steam (both game update and server files). This is the first in a series of Platform Updates that we will publish throughout the year, with the focus this time being on stability, fixes, server performance improvements, and the introduction of two new firearms.https://youtu.be/caGOYM7eeYE New firearmsWith each Platform Update, we're ...


Status Report - January 2019

Dear DayZ Community,We are three weeks into our quite intensive development planning that will shape DayZ this year. It means sorting through, and selecting features, content, and timeline of their delivery - in practice a lot of meetings, whiteboard scribbles, and digging through our backlogs trying to identify what we're able to deliver this year, and when. In the meantime, normal development co...


Community Spotlight - 24 January 2019

Hello, Survivors!It has been a bit over a month since our last Community Spotlight and a lot has happened since then!In December we released DayZ 1.0 on PC. It was definitely the craziest month in the office and the devs really deserved their Christmas holidays. I know we've been pretty quiet this year so far, and I've even noticed that some of you think we're still on holiday somewhere, but that ...