DayZ console port 'almost certain'

Zombie survival game should see life on consoles, provided PC version is a success.

DayZ creator Dean "Rocket" Hall has said a console version of the open-world zombie survival game is "almost certain" provided the upcoming stand-alone release of the game on PC isn't a sales disaster.

"Certainly I think if we don't, for want of a better word 'f**k up,' the PC release then I would say a console port is almost certain," said Hall in an interview with The Escapist.

"I know a lot of people get really hot and bothered about it. Like, I'm not a console gamer, I'm a PC gamer, but I don't think it necessarily has to hurt things."

Hall also revealed that he has been in talks with an interested Sony. "It appears to be the kind of game that Sony are interested in. I think we just have to wait and see," he said.

"We've talked and met with Sony, and they're very - you know, they're obviously interested."

DayZ is being worked on by a relatively tiny team at Czech developer Bohemia Interactive, and the oft-updated mod has become hugely popular on the PC. Sony, meanwhile, has promised that the upcoming PlayStation 4 will be more open and friendly to developers.

The stand-alone version of DayZ has yet to receive a firm release date, but has been recently shown off by Hall in multiple video diaries.

For more information on DayZ, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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MAYNARDgums
MAYNARDgums

Day Z will stay among the top two for a long time.  People say State of Decay will replace Day Z, but when the standalone comes out, and people realise how arcadey SoD looks, people will forget SoD, especially when day Z comes out on console, unless its solely for PS, and not X-box.  Its funny, at first SoD was supposed to  be a survival, but then even the developers film them running through a horde, jumping on top of zombies and still survive.  No, SoD and its MMO sequel will always be below day Z I reckon.

AlexFili
AlexFili

Just don't say "not on Wii U" and I'll be happy. No reason to annoy the Nintendo fans.

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

Meh, I think State of Decay is going to stomp a mudhole in this game's ass. And it's already go enough hype to guarantee a sequel, likely a full released standalone game with MMO elements. SoD is done, it's just waiting on Microsoft to certify it.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Not sure how I feel about this. It might be a better experience on consoles due to less trouble with hackers, aim bots and ESPing, but its been a PC mod for so long its hard to imagine it as anything else, even with the standalone version coming.

Colekern
Colekern

For anyone who was worried that the PC version would be dumbed-down, don't worry. Rocket said that they won't even begin console development until the PC version is completely finished.

yearssomuch
yearssomuch

Quite frankly, I'm surprised we haven't seen a game like this on consoles yet, be it from the OG devs at DayZ or some half-assed rip-off. It could be great if done properly.

thechuck11
thechuck11

Did I miss the forty extra buttons on the PS4 controller that this game will need or what...?

Sardinar
Sardinar

13 year old CoD kids can't ruin this game because it will definitely feature private servers with admin powers. You can also be a bandit and shoot them once you don't like their voice or manners - this game is based on a military sim, remember? 

barrybarryk
barrybarryk

lol a console version of DayZ?  I can just see it now
"Wtf where are my checkpoint saves?"

Mr_BillGates
Mr_BillGates

Please keep this filth away from console. Though, it's like the developer already know the PC version will be pirated to death even before release.

Tixylixx
Tixylixx

Please no, no more dumbed down PC games!

LukeWesty
LukeWesty

I guess for a few weeks mastering the game it does keep you gripped and you do tot up the hours playing dayz but as an MMO once you have your set up, tents, vehicles etc with all ya weps if your a gamer who actually likes achievements and some sence of progression then you will stop playing after you have achieved enough to say I have experienced the biggest part of the game. MMO's in my eyes are games that can have you hooked for years sometimes and untill they create Dayz into a long lasting MMO which won't be easy only the gamers who like playing things just for cheap laughs will last, if anything kids would like it more running round aimlessly with there chums than the mature gamer who preffer a sence of achievement in what they are playing.

holtrocks
holtrocks

It would be rather streamlined with controls and would not be as good has the PC version but still could be good. I see lots of 12 year olds raging over it though just because Dayz is not an easy game. Yet another reason why i love PC gaming raging kids are non existent. 

omenjamlord
omenjamlord

My housemate has this game and its epic! Cant see a console port though for a while yet. But sure it allows more people to enjoy the game. As it is a PC game the dev's should focus all their attention to that rather than looking multiplatform. 

mrklorox
mrklorox

Of course it is! Remember the Sony PS4 unveil? They had a Bohemia Interactive logo in the mix when they were showing logos of companies making games for PS4. And we KNOW it isn't Arma3, which has been announced as a Steam exclusive. If it's not DayZ, what else could it be? Carrier Command? Pfft!

And DayZ would work so much better on a controller than Arma 3 would. Arma 3 has so many functions that they won't all fit on a keyboard without having to hold modifier keys. All the functions in DayZ could fit on a standard controller's 16 buttons and dual analogs.

Falzonn
Falzonn

Ahh, I love the DayZ hate.  Love the pc/console flaming too.  So many well thought out, intelligent comments.  /sarcasm

The DayZ crew can port it to consoles for all I care.  I have faith that the integrity of the pc game won't be (I don't always like using this phrase) 'dumbed down' for consoles.  Bohemia is after all a PC centric developer.  Since most (if not all?) the devs for DayZ are Bohemian employees, I don't think that focus will change.  They'd just have to work out a server management system for consoles, and a way to streamline Arma's complex control scheme to fit a controller, as I'd imagine forcing the use of a keyboard/mouse would only hurt sales.

LukeWesty
LukeWesty

I would rather see how Defiance is. Hope they don't bring Dayz to console, making a fortune from a b-rate game just because a concept appeals to people, a concept no good game devs have attempted yet so these clowns are doing all they can to make money from rubbish... nah

kohle36
kohle36

Pretty sure current gen consoles can't handle this. Besides, can you imagine Bohemia trying to develop a port on the Cell processor? LOL

93ChevyNut
93ChevyNut

I've read a lot of comments about the 13 year old console COD freaks ruining this game.  I may be wrong, but this doesn't seem like a game that kids would get into.  Not enough epic cutscenes and such. 

Majkic666
Majkic666

@hadlee73 well hackers is and always will be the biggest problem in most Online games, however on consoles everyone has the same Aimbot hack, which kind of makes things boring...

So i would take my chances  vs. hackers any day instead of being forced to use hacks that are build-in

Colekern
Colekern

@thechuck11 The controls are being simplified. Check out the Developer blog for more info.

LukeWesty
LukeWesty

@barrybarryk 

I wouldn't go that far, before I purchased Dayz (I'm mostly a console gamer) I did my research on the game and frankly if the game had save points and didn't have the survival element knowing if you die you lose all gear I wouldn't have touched the game with a barge pole because frankly thats all it has going for it, a different experience, I guess PC Elitest take enjoyment out of thinking console gamers are stuck by there ways but am I wrong in saying that the game automaticly saves when you log out and you appear exactly where you left off? does that not class as an automatic save point?

Colekern
Colekern

@Mr_BillGates Don't worry guys, Mr. Bill Gates is an infamous troll on this site. He's a pretty good one too.

Pikdum
Pikdum

@Mr_BillGates Filth? You must be confused with the WarZ, this is DayZ. That or you're just trolling.

holtrocks
holtrocks

@mrklorox Seriously there are 9 different standing/ crouching positions Arma would never work on consoles without it being dumbed down to the point where it is not Arma.

frylock616
frylock616

@mrklorox 


I dunno man. There is more keys on a keyboard then a controller. and this game kinda needs it because of everything you can do....Don't get me wrong, I would love for this to hit consoles so console gamers have an amazing game to play....but they would need to seriously re-work the controls A LOT for this to work on a console or give keyboard/mouse support for the game if they put it out on PS3. Dont know if PS4 will have Keyboard and Mouse Support.

frylock616
frylock616

@LukeWesty They pretty much have done something that no one has been able to do with a Zombie game since Left 4 Dead.  Making a zombie game that is actually good.

AVERNGERLDZ
AVERNGERLDZ

@93ChevyNut Pretty sure they'll be a lot of hardcore players getting the console port instead of it being a 13 year old COD kid clusterfuck as PC gamers would believe.

LukeWesty
LukeWesty

@93ChevyNut  

No this game is totally pointless after a few weeks when you have found a lot of weapons, have them stored in vehicles and tents and have that trusty sniper you have been searching for then the imense game begins of camping near cherno killing bambi's, don't give me that bollox of mature gamers like this game, daft gamers like this game who are way 2 easily addicted to garbage.

MrFacepunch
MrFacepunch

@Sardinar @barrybarryk 

Why are you guys so prejudiced against console players? Just because i don't have a thousand bucks laying around to buy a computer doesn't mean i'm not the same quality a gamer as you guys. I for one am psyched for this game to come to consoles, or is that too blasphemous for me to say?

mrklorox
mrklorox

@holtrocks Read it again. We're talking about DayZ, not Arma. In fact I specifically mentioned how Arma wouldn't work due to the extreme number of inputs. Secondly, you act like A3 doesn't have a next position up and down set of keys; as if each position requires its own key. Thirdly, I bet money even the PC version of the standalone DayZ won't even offer all 9 positions since it's not technically using the A3 engine.

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

@frylock616 @mrklorox Dude this won't be the Arma mod with all of the convoluted controls. They are streamlining this with waaaay less than what it takes to work with Arma.

This will come to controls I have no doubt and if you have seen Sony's track record for grabbing up games lately they WILL get this one if they want it. Freaking excited.

mrklorox
mrklorox

@frylock616  What does DayZ need that wouldn't fit on a controller? There's movement and aim, manage inventory, select and pick up items in piles, drive vehicles, look at and mark the map. What else? What wouldn't fit on a controller? It's not like Arma that requires tons of AI micro management and selection with the F and number keys. All the complex stuff that requires a keyboard isn't in DayZ.

kohle36
kohle36

@LukeWesty I hope someone addresses this sort of mp griefing in a creative way in the future. It wouldn't even be that difficult in DayZ, just limit the total player spawns into a particular server/instance (to mimick total survivor population in the region). That way, if someone wants to play 'king of the hill', they'll eventually end up in an empty world full of corpses and tins of baked beans. Would add more weight to player interactions and encourage more co-op play, and maybe the campers would start a new character once in a while

02050muh
02050muh

@Sardinar then release your temper to those developers that are responsible.

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

@MrFacepunch @Sardinar @barrybarryk Well if you look at it from a console stand point and take a game like Devil May Cry and compare it to the older ones or lets say they made Dark Souls like Assassins Creed in terms of dumbing down.

Thief Reboot looks to be the latest victim but anyone with PC should try out the first which will run on anything almost so they can see what all the fuss is about.

MrFacepunch
MrFacepunch

@Sardinar 

That is true, and if I did have money i would buy a PC, but consoles have meaningful games as well. I understand where your coming from though.

Sardinar
Sardinar

@MrFacepunch @Sardinar @barrybarryk I am only prejudiced because a lot of PC exclusive franchises with depth and passion have fallen prey to the console market and now are being released year after year to please mindless casual gamers. The Diablo or Call of Duty I once knew is no more. 

Aside from that, I don't have any problem with people playing on different systems.

Falzonn
Falzonn

@LukeWesty I feel sorta the same way.  Mind you, I was still able to get a good 60+ hours of enjoyment out of DayZ anyways.

 I no not how much more depth the standalone will have, but I do know that the cooperation & survival are elements the devs know about.  Dean Hall often talked about ways to make those elements more impactful.  Much of what I read/watched was back before the standalone was confirmed though, so I do not know how their goals have changed since Bohemia greenlit the standalone funding.

Still, I take it as a positive sign, and as such choose to remain cautiously optimistic about it. 

LukeWesty
LukeWesty

@kohle36

The game needs more than just a tweek which I believe the stand alone will be, just ironing out some creases. The survival aspect is what is appealing and people don't try to survive they just want to kill others with zombies posing no threats once you master how to deal with them and this actually makes the game get boring fast because it basicly becomes a tedious, huge mapped deathmatch with cheap enjoyments.