DayZ creator taking two months off to climb Mt. Everest

Dean Hall spending sabbatical in Nepal climbing world's tallest mountain, promises development on standalone zombie game won't be affected.

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DayZ creator Dean Hall is taking his skills to new heights. The developer explained on his blog today (via Kotaku) that he is taking a two-month sabbatical to climb Mt. Everest, the world's tallest mountain.

Hall after the Puja ceremony, where flour is smeared on climbers' faces as a symbol that they may live to an old age.

Fans may be upset over Hall taking time off as the DayZ standalone game is still not released, but he explained that his team of developers at Bohemia Interactive are more than capable of getting the job done while he is away.

"I realize some people are upset at my departure from the project for two months to climb Mt. Everest, but hopefully from this you can see the large team Bohemia have assembled behind the development that are continuing to innovate and develop DayZ Standalone in the direction of the game we all want," Hall wrote.

"This is going to take as long as it needs to, we want to release our initial alpha under the architecture it needs to avoid hacking and security issues--this is the only remaining task stopping us from releasing the alpha," he added. "But while this task is being completed, we can continue with other activities."

Hall penned his blog post today from the Mt. Everest base camp at an elevation of 5,400 meters. Tomorrow, he will head to the Khumbu Icefall to train on fixed lines and ladders as he prepares for his ascent to the peak.

Discussion

116 comments
June-GS
June-GS

This is how bad WarZ got to him, LAWL.

SteelCurtainX
SteelCurtainX

Now we need a DayZ / Arma III map where you can climb huge, snowy mountains. 

Malckeor
Malckeor

Looking at these comments, it seems quite a few people are confused.


Dean Hall developed Day Z, the ARMA 2 mod that is currently in alpha. There's a stand-alone game being made using ARMA 3's engine, and it's looking to be pretty damned good judging by how the mod's alpha is going (although, admittedly, there are a number of hackers on some servers).

The War Z, on the other hand, was a COMPLETELY unrelated piece of shit cash-in that a few jackasses slapped together in a few months and tried to pass as a game. Even in "release" form, it had all of the problems of Day Z (which is in ALPHA), was a much smaller game, etc.

It's a damned shame that everyone gets Day Z confused with a shitty cash-in. Why can't sites like Gamespot make sure things like this DON'T happen? This is why we can't have nice things.

LukeWesty
LukeWesty

Attempting to climb Mount Everest...

DARKKNIGHTPRABZ
DARKKNIGHTPRABZ

somebody should tell him that you cant become a zombie once your dead

carolino
carolino

high pressure can make you dream with zombies.

probly not the best place to go mate

marcelinof
marcelinof

this is all cool and stuff...but like..don't die maybe?

tightwad34
tightwad34

I just don't have the  ambition to do something as dangerous as climbing Everest. Still, mad props for those that have done or even  attempted something like this.

wyan_
wyan_

Any word on the forever alone version yet?

eriktkire
eriktkire

for a second I read War-Z in the title thinking "well naturally, Everest is probably the only place this guy can go where people aren't pissed at him for ripping them off.

FuryX-4
FuryX-4

Maybe when he climbs Mount Everest, he's thinking of making a new expansion called: 
Day Z Mount Everest....

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

This is cool to see.  Enjoy life to the fullest.

SilenceLasting
SilenceLasting

I feel like he will die on the mountain and the game will never release...

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

How did i guess that Eddie posted this typical garbage... smh

lithus
lithus

Is this twitter or Gamestop gaming news?!  I don't give a flying F*ck what some dev is doing on vacation....

coop36
coop36

The game might be bad. But im honestly concerned for his life. Does he know how many people have died on mount everest? Considering I know nothing about his physical conditioning or climbing experience. Theyre still in the process of getting all the frozen bodies off that mountain.. google it, its very eerie and sad. They use some corpses as landmarks. Theyve been near a path so long over the years. Their brightly colored winter clothing stands out in the snow.

keviac
keviac

Crap game dev for a crap game why do we care?

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

Well you know his job is more stressful than ours and well it's such a mavelous opportunity and people are just jealous and let's not forget that he's full of crap and the majority of people couldn't care any less if he goes there and is never heard from again. 

petez34
petez34

dude takes an exotic holiday and it's big news. good grief. 

david60639
david60639

Hope there aren't any micro-transactions involving paramedics up there.

harndoogle
harndoogle

The sad thing, another hall, scott hall, one of the best climbers, died in an accent on everest.

Colekern
Colekern

Wow. gamespot completely ignored the part about radios, animations, the map... you know, the part about the actual game? Here's the link to the full blog: http://dayzdev.tumblr.com/

theperm
theperm

" promises development on standalone zombie game won't be affected" - unless he drops dead in the process

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

Is this the game that was yanked off Steam for being S***? or was that War Z? I get those two confused all the time now.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@coop36 This has to be a joke. They would never use corpses as landmarks. That would be seriously messed up.

pal_080
pal_080

@Mr_Big_Boss   I always just remember this:  War Z rhymes with Bore Z.  aka.... it's terrible.   Day Z is the supposedly good one... though I haven't played either.

Deugar
Deugar

@Mr_Big_Boss See what I mean? Gamespot is, in part, responsible for this level of confusion. The War Z is widely considered a scam/hoax/waste-of-your-time-and-money. DayZ is the popular Arma II mod that brought fresh ideas to the table, and Dean Hall's team is currently working on a stand alone version of the game.

coop36
coop36

@tightwad34 @coop36 Its no joke, theres even pics of many of the bodies. And i didnt mean they nail a sign to them and pose for pictures lol. i mean, like I said theres alot of bodies on that mountain from over the years. people fall, collapse, or have other complications and cant continue on. If theyre at a certain area then they have to abandon them.

There are/were some corpses near the well traveled paths from people like this that collapsed. Like I said they cant waste the energy and oxygen to carry them unless they risk death as well. People use oxygen tanks and stuff now, but its still deadly. Theres a reason that climbing it is such an accomplishment even in the modern age.

SilenceLasting
SilenceLasting

@tightwad34 @coop36 It's actually not a joke. There are still over 200 unfound and unrecovered bodies on Everest and people die every year trying to climb it. Someone already dies this year.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@coop36 That does clear it up a bit. I don't know why I didn't think of things like that. But all that does is make me wonder why it's so important to risk your life to that extent. I don't value my life to the fullest, but not to the point of doing something as dangerous as climbing Everest.

coop36
coop36

@SilenceLasting @coop36 @tightwad34 i remember reading about that. I think thats what brought to my attention all the others who never made it back down. I saw the pics of him, i think they at least gave him a makeshift burial on the mountain. Was his partner found?

SilenceLasting
SilenceLasting

@coop36 @tightwad34 Exactly. They only in the last few years started to clear out the bodies that they can, and in 1999 (I think) T^hey actually found the body of famous mountain climber George Mallory who disappeared with his partner climbing in 1924.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@SilenceLasting But using the found corpses as lanmarks? Sorry, but I think they could easily find something much more suitable and non-offendible to use. Just seems way too uneccesary and harsh to me.

coop36
coop36

@SilenceLasting @tightwad34 @coop36 Its so sad to think of the famlies of the people that are still there or never found. I read recently that they finally had been able to get some of the bodies off the mountain. But there are many that might be too inaccessible and may never leave. And since its so cold they will be preserved for who knows how long..