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DayZ PC beta due in Q4 2015, console prototype in Q3

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DayZ has completed its first year in Early Access on Steam, and Bohemia Interactive is now sharing its plans for the game in 2015, including two important milestones: The beta version is due to launch in the fourth quarter of 2015, and the final version will launch in the first half of 2016. DayZ will retain its price of $30 during the Steam Fall Sale (starting today), but it will then increase to $35, and eventually $44 with the launch of the beta. The final version will cost $50.

Bohemia Interactive breaks down the 2015 DayZ schedule by quarters, starting with the addition of new zombie AI, basic vehicles, diseases and more in Q1. The second quarter adds advanced vehicles, advanced animals, new UI, player stamina and more, and the third quarter adds traps, barricading, aerial transport and a console prototype. The final quarter includes the beta, alongside animal companions, base building and Steam community integration. See the list of expected updates below.

Bohemia Interactive previously announced that a beta would be available by the end of 2014.

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DayZ roadmap for 2015, from Bohemia Interactive:

Q1 2015

  • Basic vehicles
  • Advanced loot distribution
  • New renderer
  • New Zombie AI
  • Basic stealth system (zombies and animals)
  • Diseases
Q2 2015
  • Advanced vehicles (repair and modifications)
  • Advanced animals (life cycle, group behavior)
  • Player statistics
  • New UI
  • Player stamina
  • Dynamic events
Q3 2015
  • Traps
  • Barricading
  • Character life span + soft skills
  • Animal predators + birds
  • Aerial transport
  • Console prototype

Q4 2015
  • Animal companions
  • Steam community integration
  • Construction (base building)
  • BETA version, expected price 34,99 EUR / 43,99 USD
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DAYZ Status and Pricing Policy Updates.

Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday 26th November 2014.

The DayZ development team in association with Bohemia Interactive would like to announce that having completed our initial year of Early Access development, we have reached an important project milestone. Looking forward to the opportunities of the coming year, we would like to share our plans and goals for 2015.

Recently the team has reviewed our progress throughout 2014 against where we require DayZ to be when it reaches it's final release version. After looking through this data we have compiled a brief development roadmap for 2015. This roadmap will hopefully give you a taste of the exciting things, that we in store for DayZ over the next .

Q1 2015
• Basic vehicles
• Advanced loot distribution
• New renderer
• New Zombie AI
• Basic stealth system (zombies and animals)
• Diseases
Q2 2015
• Advanced vehicles (repair and modifications)
• Advanced animals (life cycle, group behavior)
• Player statistics
• New UI
• Player stamina
• Dynamic events
Q3 2015
• Traps
• Barricading
• Character life span + soft skills
• Animal predators + birds
• Aerial transport
• Console prototype

Q4 2015
• Animal companions
• Steam community integration
• Construction (base building)
• BETA version, expected price 34,99 EUR / 43,99 USD

Plus every month there will be new weapons, objects, craft able items, vehicles and implemented additional features and optimizations.
A more complete Roadmap will be released in the following weeks.

Brian Hicks, the Producer on DayZ stated; "2014 has been an immensely successful year for DayZ. We could have never hoped for so many people to join us for the adventure of Early Access development. As the team looks forward to our goals and features set for 2015, the vision of an open world sandbox where the player creates their own story and experiences comes closer to completion".

Along with the updates, you can expect a new price point for DayZ which will be 34.99 USD. This is part of a gradual price change as we progress with the development, and reach the goals that we set for the project. We would like to avoid a sudden increase in price once we hit the final release version. The current price of 23.99 EUR/29.99 USD will still be available during the Steam Fall sale. If you want to start surviving in DayZ, then now is the best time to get involved.

As well as the roadmap, we are thrilled to announce that the first half of 2016 will see our final release version and release from Steam Early Access, with our final price point of 39.99 EUR / 49.99 USD.

See you in Chernarus!

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For more information about DayZ, please visit www.dayz.com and/or follow DayZ on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
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