"In the end I'll have been away for three years when I planned to be away six months."
By Tim Colwill on February 25, 2014 at 8:12 am
Although Dean ‘Rocket’ Hall has often spoken about stepping down from leading DayZ development eventually, he’s finally put a date in place: the end of 2014. At that time, he will return to his home of New Zealand to continue development on his own projects.
“I am a grenade,” explained Hall to Eurogamer. “I have a specific use. I’m really good at risk-taking and making other people take risks, I’ve always been good at that in my life. Like you say, maybe I’ve got the gift of the gab, so I can talk, I can explain something, I can talk people up to the ledge and get them to jump off it.”
“That’s what I did with DayZ; I’ve done it twice now – two new code teams have separately done it. But eventually, that’s the bad person to have. Eventually, you don’t want the guy telling you to go over the top and get through. So at some point I’ll be a disaster for the project, at least in a leadership role.”
Hall also mentioned that he never originally intended to be in Prague for as long as he had, with his original six-month break spiralling out to three years.
“It’s not like I haven’t said this before,” Hall later added on Reddit. “Prague isn’t my home, I’ve stayed here one and half years longer than I planned so far, in the end I’ll have been away for three years when I planned to be away six months. I don’t speak czech, for starters! That’s not easy and not fun.”