A new DayZ devblog has been released by creator Dean "Rocket" Hall, showing the first in-game footage of the shambling zombies in the upcoming stand-alone version of the game.
While the actual look of the zombies will be changed for the final version, the 21-minute video also details how the zombie pathfinding has been improved in DayZ stand-alone, allowing the speed of the zombies to be lowered to similar ranges of the players themselves. But the major difference between the upcoming stand-alone and the current mod version is that zombie spawning is now controlled entirely by the server.
At the moment, about 3,000 zombies can be spawned, but Hall says that total number will increase "quite dramatically" before the final version of the game is released.
The video also shows the formative stage of the new inventory and crafting systems, although the menus are not ready to be shown off just yet.
For more information on DayZ, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.