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In a thread entitled “Has anyone else lost faith in DayZ?”, Producer Brian Hicks jumped in to calm the angry gamers.
“You are not playing DayZ, you are playing development builds. Early development builds. DayZ is 11 months into principle development, on what should be a 3 year standard development cycle. I can’t force you to be a fan of DayZ, but I can call this out. “Defining or judging what DayZ is by a build so early in its development is much a kin to judging a painting within the first few brush strokes. Hell, even Bob Ross’s paintings didn’t look great for the first few minutes (until you realized what it was he was making).
“I can promise you none of your favorite AAA games played, or even resembled the final product that early in their cycles. (Okay, maybe some of the larger titles that push small incremental updates out every 12 months – but we all know those are special snowflakes.)
“Take a break, and come back in beta or even the full release. The Early Access period of development will have many peaks and low, low valleys. This is the nature of software development. Yes, it is stressful as heck – for all of us, but you get to be part of shaping the DayZ experience.”
On the subject of the aforementioned three-year dev cycle…
“I’m always careful with what I say – 3 year standard development cycle, meaning in standard terms this would be a 3 year, closed development cycle. Early Access changes a lot of that, I don’t need to tell you. We are still aiming for end of 2014 to hit our beta phase entry. You can be certain the weekly status reports will keep everyone updated on that. We’re trying to effectively do a 3 year standard cycle in 2 to 2.5 years. It might be a lofty goal, but as long as I have something to say about it – you will all be kept updated as to what is going on.”
In my personal opinion, as someone who plays DayZ, both the Standalone and the mod, i can not agree with Hicks more. DayZ is fun, even more fun when you’re running around with friends or pinned down at the Northwest Airfield. It’s early days for DayZ, and if the mod is anything to go by, exciting times are ahead.
Just stay away from the Northwest Airfield.