DayZ mod and standalone creator Dean Hall has revealed further information about the standalone's roadmap plans during a presentation at EGX Rezzed, outlining exactly what we can expect for the zombie survival game including the possibility of the next update coming as soon as two weeks time.
Of the major points discussed, Hall revealed that crossbows, bows and of course arrows will be due in the immediate future, who described them as a "labour of love" by the team. In regards to the next update, Hall said that players can expect the update to roll out in two weeks as a “best-case scenario“, or the end of April as a “worst case scenario“.
With the bow and arrow update, players will be able to track their own arrows and bolts, Hall stating that this will allow you to reclaim any that aren't stuck in human (or zombie) flesh. Hall also noted that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was a big influence in terms of hunting and skinning animals, so hopefully we'll see an interesting take on those mechanics.
Other more imminent changes include the addition of fireplaces, with the team consulting with developers of Project Zomboid for further expertise, and plans to allow fireplaces to upgrade into ovens. Ragdoll physics, neutral animals, persistent loot and objects are also due around the second quarter of the year, with Hall also briefly showing an AK-47 image for the third quarter update.
The long-awaited zombie behaviour overhaul will also be established in the second quarter says Hall, and become more advanced in the third quarter. Loot as well will be controller centrally - Hall stated that his team have been taking notes from games like EVE Online to ensure balance is kept. Advanced animals will also make an appearance in the third quarter of 2014, including animals such as bears and wolves for players to worry about plus companions like dogs from the mod and horses.
Barricading was also mentioned during the presentation, with the ability to place wood onto doors to protect buildings that will "dramatically changed the game,” said Hall, particularly combined with better and more aggressive zombie behaviour. Vehicles also gained a mention, though don't expect any advanced vehicular motion until next year, with more simple two or four-wheeled vehicles planned for fourth quarter.
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