Post by Eorl @ 11:08am 25/02/14 | 21 Comments
Creator of the hit DayZ mod and standalone title Dean "Rocket" Hall has confirmed that he will be leaving Bohemia and the open world sandbox project, moving on to opening a new studio in his local home of New Zealand.
Eurogamer revealed the news, with Hall stating that he will leave DayZ development in the hands of its current team, and will leave Bohemia to start his own studio at the end of the year. The developer who rose to fame thanks to his hit DayZ mod for ArmA 2 already has a few ideas up his sleeve, in a search for the ultimate multiplayer experience. “I want to chase that,” he told the site, and adding that he feels DayZ's concept is still a flawed experience.
Speaking with Eurogamer, he revealed that “I am a grenade. 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 [once with the mod, again with the standalone] - 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."Interestingly Hall revealed that he never actually intended to be where he was, but thanks to the huge success and popularity of DayZ - both the mod and its standalone project - he became entangled in the development. "I never intended to be here. And it’s kind of like cooking in someone else’s kitchen: I don’t want to be constantly telling Bohemia that this is how I do it and this is the way we do it.”
Currently Hall plans to remain at Bohemia's disposal for as long as is needed, though does intend to leave by the end of the year. "Originally I wasn't going to do this year, but it would be stupid not to, and it would be unfair to the community. I have to be on the project as long as it's important to. Whether that role is as the leader, whether that role is in a more creative sense... But at a certain point there will be diminishing returns."
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