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Posted by Chris Scott Barr on Jul 9, 2012

Dogs Coming To DayZ, A Standalone Version Possibly In The Works

If you’re a PC gamer that hasn’t heard of DayZ, then you’ve probably been living under a rock. Or you just really hate zombies. DayZ is a very popular mod for ArmA II that puts you in the shoes of someone trying to survive a zombie apocalypse. Sounds like the perfect premise for a game, right? That’s exactly what over 400,000 people seem to think.

According to the mod’s creator, Dean “Rocket” Hall, We’ve got 420,000 now. We’ll have 430,000 tomorrow.” (At the time of writing, the number was up over 45,000.) Eventually, he sees the game having more players than ArmA II. And as the game grows in popularity, he’s envisioning a standalone, possibly free-to-play DayZ sometime in the future. With the excitement surrounding it, and the numbers to back it up, I can see ArmA developer Bohemia Interactive putting their weight behind this idea. It also might help that Hall already works for Bohemia as a multiplayer designer.

Hall also mentioned something new that will be coming to the game. They are currently working to implement dogs, with a German Shepard being the first one introduced. He’s hit a few stumbling blocks while implementing the new K9 feature, along with a host of other, more pressing matters that have held back its release.

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