It’s been a while since Bohemia Interactive offered any update on DayZ for Xbox One and PS4. Thankfully, creative director Brian Hicks clarified to Eurogamer that, “No it’s not dead at all. It’s not dead at all.”
However, Hicks did explain that “99 percent” of resources were devoted to the “flagship” PC platform. “While there was a lot of push from Sony and Microsoft to get up on their stages and say, ‘Yes, we’re coming,’ our focus has been exclusively (I want to say exclusively because there’s about a one percent development resource trying to keep those platforms at a point at which, once we get to our beta and our bug fixing, we can start pushing forward on that) on the PC.
“We can’t really move DayZ over to these platforms, at least on a playable level for consumers, until the base engine, Enfusion, is complete. Or if not complete, feature-complete so to speak – the core tech is there.”
Don’t expect to console development to start until early 2017 and while it may not arrive for PS4 due to the lack of early access, Microsoft’s Game Preview could feature DayZ. “Once we get to a point with the PC that we’re comfortable and we can start dedicating a little resources into catching up those [console] platforms then we’ll look at doing some announcements and talk about the Xbox Game Preview program, which is what I would imagine is the first place we’ll get to since Sony doesn’t have something similar.”
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