DayZ creator: Xbox One has "exciting things" coming, can't share details.

Dean Hall says some "really interesting" features are coming to the platform, but he's not allowed to discuss them yet.

If comments from DayZ creator Dean Hall are anything to go by, it sounds like Microsoft is cooking up some exciting new features for the Xbox One. After meeting with Microsoft to discuss a console version of DayZ, Hall said he got to see some "really interesting" features coming to the platform, though he's not allowed to discuss them just yet.

"I have nothing against consoles, and there's some really interesting and exciting things happening. That was one of the cool things about meeting with Microsoft," Hall told Eurogamer. "There were definitely some things they said that I'm not allowed to talk about that I was like, 'Wow! That's interesting. Why don't you tell people that?' But I guess they want to make sure everything all goes together and that."

Unfortunately, Hall gave no additional information about what these exciting new Xbox One features might be. For its part, Microsoft has maintained that the Xbox One product roadmap is a marathon, not a sprint, with new features and functionality rolling out over time.

Hall also said that he's met with Sony to discuss a console version of DayZ for presumably the PlayStation 3 and/or PlayStation 4.

He explained that a decision about a console version of DayZ is likely to be made by the end of 2014. He made clear that a console iteration of the zombie game is not in development right now, and if it does get green-lit, it will probably take 12 months to create a console version.

Elsewhere in the interview, Hall said the full version of DayZ will probably launch sometime in the spring or summer of 2015. The game has already sold 1.5 million copies through its in-development Early Access alpha version. A beta is expected to go live before the end of 2014. And when DayZ does see its full, finished release, Hall said he anticipates that the game might be significantly different than the version we know today.

"It could even be fundamentally different," Hall said. "As some of these new features come on--even some of the things we introduce now--it suddenly changes the whole way the game's played. We finally got it so that ruined objects don't really work any more; that suddenly changed the way players were behaving. If you shoot someone and destroy their gear, it doesn't work any more. Even little things like that can have profound effects."

Hall confirmed this week that he will leave the DayZ development team by the end of the year and return to his home country of New Zealand. However, his contract stipulates that he's required to be involved with the future of the game in some capacity on an ongoing basis.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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koolyoe
koolyoe

DayZ for console would be great!

jaredwood
jaredwood

I want a version of DayZ to come to The past-Gen consoles.

irepress
irepress

What blows my mind is this piece of shit said last year there was no way he'd put his game on xbox because microsoft wasn't indie friendly and he was excited about the ps4 because it was much more accesible now this fuck says ps4 maybe? And Xbox Iss soo exciting. Dean hall is one of the most half brained idiotic sacks of shit I've ever come across. Can't even get his game proper on pc yet wants to jump in to the console market

Zer0mod
Zer0mod

"He explained that a decision about a console version of DayZ is likely to be made by the end of 2014. He made clear that a console iteration of the zombie game is not in development right now, and if it does get green-lit, it will probably take 12 months to create a console version."


He went on to say that he was jumping ship and that this was all just a bunch of imaginative dribble as we all know that the mod was never completed and that standalone is already years behind every single deadline he ever gave and the current state of the game lies somewhere between same old same old and broken ass indie game. Hall leaving the development of DayZ may be the best thing that ever happens to it, but it may also be too late. And console DayZ? yeah that will be great /s

hailtothequeen
hailtothequeen

That is the main problem with small or indie developers. You just never know if they are going to stick around and continue with their game once you buy it. The big game companies have their own share of problems but at least when you buy a game you can rely on them to continue developing it for at least a year or so after release. They don't just drop it and run off with the money, which is what it sounds like this guy is doing. HiRez is another small developer who does that same thing. They just jump from project to project and don't bother supporting their games after they get your money.

kingtrax
kingtrax

"I know why the XBone is so cool, but I can't tell you.  It's a seeeecret!"  Does this remind anyone else of being back on the elementary school playground?

jimmy_russell
jimmy_russell

DayZ is "fundamentally flawed" according to the developer, so I guess Gamespot will give it a 9/10.

chemicalegypt
chemicalegypt

Whats wrong with mindless xbots is that they are supporting a console that tried to shove always online, no used game and a camera that watches over their mom, yes they support such console and to top all that is,its weak and expensive. Because of dumb consumers like these true gamers have to suffer because they get the dumb downed overpriced console.(360 was more gamer oriented)

To top all that they are now happy just because this developer, who got all his money selling alpha is now running away with it, said something good about xbone. Probably sold out to MS. But hey, we need these thickheads to buy xbone for the sake of competition.

Strychnine
Strychnine

All I want is media extender for my Xboxone.  I could stream cable to my 360, but I moved it to a different room to make space for my Xboxone.  C'mon Microsoft!  If my Xboxone is supposed to be the center of my multimedia, then it needs the tools/apps to make it so.

christhevillan
christhevillan

The problem with statement's like "exciting things are coming" is they are never that exciting when we do find out what they are.

dannydopamine28
dannydopamine28

Console gamers lack the mental capacity and intellectual depth to enjoy such a game as dayz.

They will buy it expecting a playable game with plenty of things to do than they will rage when they find themselves standing in the middle of the woods with crickets chirping..

Plus dean hall is a fraud, he just uses early acess to rake in all the bulk sales than jumps ship. He is currently under federal investigation for depositing money into numerous offshore accounts in different countries. He also hasn't used a single penny invested into making dayz better. Bohemia gave him a huge half million dollar signing bonus in which they expected him to hire new developers and open a game studio but he did not.. He is still using the same resources he used to create the free mod.. All workers work from home there is no company name or dayz game studio. It's all smoke and mirrors.

Plus his heart isn't into the project and it seems like all he ever talks about in interviews is how he is going to leave bohemia.


He even said just a few days ago quote"i just cant see dayz becoming the game we all hoped it would be" while announcing his departure.


Here he is once again trying to get people to blindly invest in a product where he pockets all the money and quits.

klugenbeel
klugenbeel

*Watches as all the PS and MS fan boys fight with each other*


Hey...PC Gaming is better and more powerful, stop fighting about whos toy is better. The specs in people's gaming rigs are better than your glorified Atari. 


*eats popcorn*

me3x12
me3x12

LMFAO!!! Sony BUMS need some tissues YOU HAVE NO GAMES!!! They are all coming to Xbox and the best exclusives.Day-Z coming to Xbox CONFIRMED!!! have fun on your POStation 4

cyloninside
cyloninside

how the fuck would he know.... he is just a 2 bit developer that cant even finish his own game. there is no way he has any sort of special insight into what is coming for XB1.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

This game looks like a prettier Infestation.


I've seen some Infestation videos - looks cool.  This one will be on my radar for my Xbox One.

wm3sv
wm3sv

Now M$ buys developers will just to let us think xbone can be more than a big-ass tv remote controller. I hope nobody gets inspired to buy one for this commentary.... If you want real next-gen go buy a decent video card and that's it

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

I bet they're finally getting rid of Kinect. Why else would he be so excited?

CriticalCritic
CriticalCritic

Another "I'm about to announce an announcement!" article. Everyone has been underwhelmed by the Xbone, it really doesn't make sense to hold back on any groundbreaking information unless... you don't really have anything.

chyll
chyll

does it have unicorn inside?

Zer0mod
Zer0mod

@jimmy_russell  Dean Hall is a fuck up. Who goes on record saying that kind of shit in terms of their one and only game? He really needs to leave before he does any damage to the people who are working on the game behind the scenes.

zwenti
zwenti

Are you done? How is it your problem what other people buy, think or do??????

Otherwise let your frustration flow! Better then harm people!

Colekern
Colekern

@dannydopamine28  Your first comment is retarded.


Second, Dean Hall has been speaking about leaving Bohemia when he is no longer needed for months before the game was actually released. And I ahve seen nothing about moving money into offshore accounts. I haven't seen anything about a half a million dollar signing bonuses, however I have seen that he's been hiring new developers to help out and just recently nearly doubled the size of the development team.


I also know that he had the game's entire network code rewritten from scratch, which is a fundamental engine change that requires rewrites of several major parts of the game, he had the inventory entirely re-made, not only in the UI but also in switching from string-based to object based inventory. Also, I haven't seen anything ported from the mod other than the map in my hours and hours of game time. 


There is also a dedicated workplace, just recently they had to move to a bigger office because of the larger development team.


In short: everything you wrote was utter bullcrap.

Xmus942
Xmus942

@dannydopamine28  

I didn't know PC elitist had become the new Nazis. Are you guys going to start sending console gamers to concentration camps? 

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

@me3x12  I didn't see any confirmation, especially when he had a meeting talking about bringing it to the PS4. I am sure it would be multi-platform. You need to calm down a relax. Your acting like a pathetic raging fanboy that thinks this one game is going to turn the tide for the XB1 or something. I don't get how people like you can act like lunatics.

Oz0n3_holepunch
Oz0n3_holepunch

@me3x12  "He explained that a decision about a console version of DayZ is likely to be made by the end of 2014. He made clear that a console iteration of the zombie game is not in development right now, and if it does get green-lit, it will probably take 12 months to create a console version." = not confirmed

hailtothequeen
hailtothequeen

@me3x12  I don't play consoles anymore but I know that Planetside 2 is going to the PS4 and that game is better than anything I have seen on X-BOX One. I play the PC version and its by far one of the best FPS games I have played in years.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@me3x12 Errrmmmm... It's coming to playstation as well... says it in the artical you didn't read. It's third party.

Itzsfo0
Itzsfo0

@me3x12 Aww sounds like someone is angry about the overpriced game system that has what ? 1 decent title (oh and titanfall doesn't even LOOK all that good, gears of war w/ mechs) wow so what, and Day-Z been there done that with Resident Evil and The Last of Us looks even better plus DayZ is a PC title that COULD potentially come out for the xbone in MAYBE a year - not to mention your pathetic system cant even run KLZ: in 60fps/1080p - I mean wtf the xbox still running in 720p what are we BACKTRACKING to a 7th gen, not to mention Christ the xbox 360 had what an entire YEAR ahead of the ps3's release/launch YET the ps3 caught up in sales considering BOTH consoles have sold 80million units that's the real "lol" if anything.  Xbox 360s performance was sub-par at best, a system with a huge assortment of issues early on - then you got the red-light of death and the fact that 18.1% of all 360s would fail with 16-22 months of the systems shelf-life, a true fact.  PS3 had slightly HALF of that in % details, not to mention a great blu-ray player, and towards the last few years superior exclusives, and what about the fact that the microsoft hasn't even PUT out a handheld yet, what is up with that - SONY is the complete package (and the titles that are cross-platform look superior) that has almost always been the case and as far as titles I don't know what your talking about I have plenty to play STILL on the Vita (which hell with all the indie titles) along with Playstation NOW and the fact I'm using a free service on a Sony Bravia TV...microsoft Televisions ? handhelds ? free online service ? streaming X amount of content for Y service ? none of that just a $500 dollar system with 1 "half way decent" title that all the micro-bots are excited about (and watch it will be a flop) Titanfall - Oh and Forza Motorsports (I hate racing games anyway so I could give 2 shits about title) oh your going to say Dead Rising 3 ? Shit I'd rather backtrack to DR2. State of Decay for 360 was a horrible idea for a game.  Halo, Gears of War, and Forza is all microsoft has - and halo has been played out since Halo 2.  Same thing, just slightly updated visuals.  180 Titles are being developed for the Playstation 4, and PS Vita (and with cross-platform play) as well as being able to play your titles on the vita anywhere you want and the fact that PS4's ram is ORC 1,333mhz (a slight nudge in the right direction) and a processor while nearly identical for both consoles the PS4's version/architecture compounds at 1.82 TFLOPS for every compute cycle...and its pretty obvious that according to industry insiders (not a personal bias) but fact is ps4 has been as of  its release date pummeling in sales LMFAO LMFAO LMFAO SONY IS OUT SELLING THE XBOX ONE HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR , the best selling console of all time was the ps2, and the ps3 CAUGHT up to the xbox 360 even with a nearly 16-month deficit HAR HAR HAR (microsoft consoles-=only 3 available, overpriced, overhyped and being OUTSOLD, and you consider titanfall and day-Z to be "game breakers" or "deal-breakers" even though as of current both in JAPAN, UK< and North America the PS4 has outsold the Xbox One 2:1 fact.  Everything is fact, not bias - enjoy your xbox one - go play Dead Rising 3, after 11.2 hours, your level 60 and one with the game, then on to Forza (LMAO in 1 weekend you can complete all the quality content in 720p) shit even sonys televisions are higher rated then most on the market (including samsuns LED's, and Panasonic viera models in 2013) XBOX 360 and XBOX ONE are sorta like Game of Thrones...just goes round and round and round and never progressing..  Shit Nintendo has had better exlusives, and more enjoyable games at his point (sorry I'm enjoying the wii, 3ds xl, wii u, ps3, ps4, vita) everything Nintendo and SOny - wtf reason would I need for a Xbox related console with everything sony and Nintendo + PC, xbox would be useless in this house, and Yes I've owned a 360 at certain points in the past, turned them in for something on the PC or one of the 2 handhelds I've owned LOL.  Shit even the ps3 had a 500gig HD that the xbox ONE is just now catching up...the xbox is like an 9 year old jumping up and own look at me look at me, I've got a blu-ray player and 500gig NON REMOVABLE hardrive lol the playstation is like yawn been there done that in the previous gen...cmon kid go away LMAO

conor939
conor939

@cyloninside  Why do people like you come on here just to rant about something you don't even know about, stupid question here but was you in the meeting he had with Microsoft, you obviously must have or your just a moron.

JerkDaNerd_
JerkDaNerd_

@wm3sv  Well, you seem to like hanging about the kool-aid fountain too much. If you do your own due diligence and look at either company and what they're capable of providing to gaming overall, you'll see the obvious and won't be surprised when things start changing...or in your case experiencing a major crash from that very tasty kool-aid Sony served up. mmmm...mmm..mmmmmmmm

wm3sv
wm3sv

@CriticalCritic  Maybe thare's a Xbox two announced....who knows, they change windows in months

Zer0mod
Zer0mod

@Colekern @dannydopamine28  Not all of it. He makes a good point in terms of Halls inability to keep his mouth shut. He's gone on record numerous times stating that this game was flawed and that it would never reach it's potential etc.

And lets face it, he couldnt hit a deadline if his life depended on it. Part of being your own boss is hitting your deliverables and managing your time and resources and Hall is just some kid who comes from a family with enough money to throw at an Everest excursion (that's not cheap) and probably has little to fear in terms of failure. In short, he's has no vested interest in this project.

wm3sv
wm3sv

@JerkDaNerd_ @wm3sv  Nope i'm just waiting for SteamOS to come and drops M$ api. So we as real gamers can get exactly what we pay for....The best gaming experience with no windows shutting down our harware real capacity, don't you think?

nuphar_advena
nuphar_advena

@Mkeegs79 @me3x12 ive played bot X1 and ps4, i prefer the x1 over the ps4 just cause i can tell it to pause and all that stuff without having to have my controller on saves so much battery life


JerkDaNerd_
JerkDaNerd_

@wm3sv @JerkDaNerd_  Sorry buddy, I was hyped for Steam OS...so far it's just disappointing.


I too have a beast PC, say what you may about Windows 8 tiles. The fact is it's the most optimized windows for gaming. The tiles have grown on me and I find the apps to be more powerful than windows and browsers. But still, they could have done a better job. 


Steam OS however has A LOT to catch up to, compared to the ease of use in developing and gaming for the general consumer that Windows provide and fairly well established. 


But I see nothing wrong in duo booting both OSs.

cyloninside
cyloninside

@wm3sv @JerkDaNerd_  rofl... good luck with that. ill be gaming on windows and playing every game that is released without any issues....


have fun playing the 3 or 4 games a year that are released for steamOS....

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

@Xmus942 @Noclippin @noladem504 @Sl4cka  I own an XB1 but I will tell you it would be stupid to use Kinect with this game. It would be ridiculous for motion controls when your third person and a big draw of the game is the social interaction. Having Kinect voice commands would interfere with that.