DayZ creator Dean Hall hasn't forgotten about finishing the standalone game, or how much you want to play it – but he was giving you the cold shoulder last week. On May 21, Hall reached the top of Mt. Everest, according to a picture tweeted on May 24.
He's now made it safely down the mountain and is back in the studio, working on DayZ. Hall said a dev blog with the latest updates will go live when the team has time. There's still no word on a release date for DayZ, and the public alpha is scheduled for June, at the earliest.