DayZ’s development team has laid out a “road map” of development, spanning the next year and a half. According to these meticulous plans that will absolutely definitely stay 100% on schedule like all DayZ-related things, the game will be out of Early Access in … the first half of 2016.
So, still quite a bit of waiting to do if you want to hang around for the “final release” build.
DayZ’s price will also be going up after the Steam Fall sale; increasing from $30.00 USD to $35.00 USD. This, they say, is “part of a gradual price change as we progress with the development.” Not unusual for Early Access projects. The final price, when the game leaves Early Access, will be $50.00 USD.
Here’s what’s planned for the next year or so. Assuming schedules don’t slip:
– Basic vehicles
– Advanced loot distribution
– New renderer
– New Zombie AI
– Basic stealth system (zombies and animals)
– Advanced vehicles (repair and modifications)
– Advanced animals (life cycle, group behavior)
– Player statistics
– New UI
– Player stamina
– Dynamic events
– Character life span + soft skills
– Animal predators + birds
– Aerial transport
– Console prototype
– Animal companions
– Steam community integration
– Construction (base building)
– BETA version, expected price 34,99 EUR / 43,99 USD