The zombie survival horror game “DayZ” will be coming to the PlayStation 4, Sony announced Wednesday during the video game conference gamescom in Germany. Bohemia Interactive released the game last December, and it is currently available on Steam Early Access.
During its gamescom press conference, Sony (NYSE:SNE) invited Bohemia Interactive game designer Dean Hall to the stage, where Hall, 32, confirmed that a reworked version of the popular zombie game is currently in development for the PS4.
In June, Hall discussed the idea of bringing the popular alpha game to consoles.
"We've toyed around what to do with the console side of things," he told Eurogamer on June 17. “We have to get the core aspects of the game finished before we commit to doing anything. Otherwise you make a big announcement and then you wait for six or 12 months.”
Bohemia Interactive didn’t confirm a release date for the PS4 version of the title, but it could be years, since the PC version of the game is technically still in its alpha phase. Though the game continues to grow in popularity and currently counts more than 2 million copies sold, it still contains a number of glitches, since it’s not yet a fully developed title.
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“DayZ” launched on Dec. 17, 2013, on Steam Early Access as an alpha release. Despite its many bugs, the game recruited 19,000 users within an hour. During the first 12 hours, the title drew 88,000 players. After 24 hours, “DayZ” had been downloaded 172,500 times. By April 1, the game had sold 1.7 million copies of its standalone version. The open-world multiplayer title was created by New Zealander Hall and developed by Prague-based Bohemia Interactive. “DayZ” is a standalone version of the award-winning mod of the same name.
“DayZ” is a basic survival horror game, where players take on tasks to gather food, supplies, medicine, clothing and water in a 225-square-kilometer setting. Items can be collected in random places such as abandoned vehicles, homes and barns. Players can also pick up weapons for protection from other players or the undead.
The “DayZ” standalone game began development in August 2012 following the success of the original mod. Hall joined forces with Bohemia Interactive and took over as project lead. Three months later, he posted an unedited video clip of the game’s multiplayer mode to YouTube, saying the footage “makes no effort to mask the variety of bugs.”
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