Bohemia Interactive and Microsoft announced that DayZ, the open world online survival game, is launching on Xbox One on the 27th of March. With a major game update scheduled for the launch day, DayZ is leaving Xbox Game Preview after 7 months of early access development and close cooperation with the community.
Compared to the current January Game Preview build, the March 27 update will introduce things like an improved controls scheme, better inventory interactions, and general improvements in stability and performance — both on servers and in-game. This should lead to a much smoother overall experience, and should also allow new players to just enjoy the game without the early access hassle. To ensure that everyone starts fresh on launch day, all existing player characters and server persistence data from Game Preview will be wiped.
DayZ is an unforgiving, authentic survival experience. The post-soviet country of Chernarus is struck by an unknown virus, turning the majority population into frenzied infected. Fighting over resources has bred a hostile mentality among survivors, driving what’s left of humanity to collapse. You are one of the few immune to the virus – how far will you go to survive?
Up to 60 survivors on a server engage in a completely unscripted gameplay scenario with no goals given, except for one: to survive as long as they can, by all means necessary. There are no superficial tips, way-points, built-in tutorials, or help given to players. Every decision matters, and every mistake can be lethal. If you die in DayZ, you lose all your character progress and start over, as the game features a permadeath concept.
In DayZ, hostile player interactions – or simply just struggling through severe weather – can easily turn into intense, nerve-racking moments where you experience very real emotions. On the other hand, meeting with another friendly survivor in DayZ can lead to a true friendship that lasts a lifetime.
- Detailed, authentic backdrop of Chernarus, an open world terrain featuring 230 square kilometres of hand-crafted environment based on real life locations
- Real emotional experience driven by the emergent interactions of 60 players on the server, all fighting for survival by any means necessary
- Environmental dangers including the infected, dynamic weather, and animal predators
- Wide variety of complex survival mechanics - from hunting and crafting, through sophisticated injury simulation, to transferable diseases
- Persistent servers with complex loot economy, and the ability to build improvised bases
- Visceral, authentic gun play and melee combat systems
- Smooth and reactive character controller utilizing a detailed animation system
DayZ will continue in post-launch development with free platform updates scheduled to drop throughout 2019. These updates will further expand the content available in-game (new weapons and vehicles) and go more in-depth with some of the existing gameplay concepts.
Until the launch update on March 27, DayZ is still available for its Game Preview price of $39.99 / £31.99 / €39.99, offering players a last chance to get the game for a lower price. After the launch, DayZ will be available for $49.99 / £41.99 / €49.99.