Day Z is on its way to a full, commercial stand-alone release, and Bohemia Interactive CEO Marek Spanel told MCV that the developer was initially concerned by how fans would receive the news.
“We feared how they may react, because they might feel it was not fair because they had to pay money for something that was initially free if they owned ARMA II. But we have been really surprised because they have been really positive and really supportive,” he said.
Sparek said a stand-alone release was the only way Bohemia could throw full support behind the survival sim.
“A standalone game is the only way ahead for us to make a game better. As a mod, you have to think about all the other mods as well and ARMA II itself it can become a nightmare. If you change something just to serve DayZ, and then you break another mod. Or you break the campaigns. In ARMA II you have five or six major campaigns now. So this is difficult. We just need a standalone DayZ so we can work on it. That’s the reality. And we are really happy that users understand it,” he said.
Day Z creator and Bohemia staffer Dean “Rocket Hall” has been beating publishers off with a stick thanks to the mod’s phenomenal popularity.