DayZ For Xbox One Looks Likely as Dev Denies PS4 Exclusivity
"DayZ is definitely going to be a multiplatform title," creator says.
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The PlayStation 4 is the only currently confirmed console platform for Dean Hall's open-world zombie game, DayZ, but it may not stay that way forever. Asked by Eurogamer if the game is coming to Xbox One, Hall said he's sure the game won't be exclusive to PS4 for its console release.
"DayZ is definitely going to be a multiplatform title," he said. "That's the firm vision from Bohemia's standpoint. But we'll announce what all the other platforms are as we get to that point."
The console version of DayZ was announced during Sony's Gamescom briefing in August. At the time, Hall was quick to say that just because the game was announced on Sony's stage, it doesn't necessarily mean the game is exclusive to PlayStation.
An Xbox One version of DayZ wouldn't come as much of a surprise. After all, Hall revealed earlier this year that he had met with Microsoft and "extensively" discussed a possible Xbox version of DayZ. However, it remains to be seen if DayZ will be a timed-exclusive for PS4, or if Hall only agreed to announce the game at Sony's briefing.
DayZ is currently available on PC. The version of the game you can buy through Steam (Early Access), or via Bohemia's website, is a work-in-progress, and does not represent the final version of the game. Though Sony (and Microsoft) have discussed the possibility of allowing in-development games on their respective platforms, neither company has yet to announce support for Early Access-style games.
"There's a lot of problems with Early Access on PC that definitely are at the forefront of people's minds," Hall said. "So when DayZ will release would depend very much on what Sony offers in terms of if it was going to do an Early Access program, what it looks like. Then also the state of DayZ--does it make sense to do it through that?"
Hall went on to say that if platform-holders like Sony and Microsoft don't announce Early Access-style programs soon, gamers might need to wait until 2016 or later to play DayZ on consoles.
"A straight up retail release? It's not going to be next year, because there's just too much work remaining," he said. "It would be a very bizarre universe where there would be a 1.0 release of DayZ on consoles before PC."
Also in the interview, Hall said the DayZ console version needs to have fundamental changes compared to the PC Version. "I think there will have to be," he said. "But the aim will be to play on the strengths of those consoles."
Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch