DayZ is targeting Xbox Game Preview at some point this year

    
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When you think of DayZ these days, you probably don’t think of it as the nexus of the survival sandbox popularity rush any longer. It’s mostly in a historical context, in fact. But the game is supposedly heading out of early access this year, and the game is also setting its sights on expanding to further shores. Alongside the beta launch, the game is heading for Xbox Game Preview at some point this year, with PlayStation 4 support planned at some undetermined point in the future.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, commenters on the Xbox One subreddit have already started comparing the game unfavorably to later titles developed from the framework DayZ set down, with the game’s protracted testing period and lack of forward movement cited as key reasons to avoid the title when it does launch. Of course, there are still no firm dates for any of this, so there’s a lot of room for things to change.

Source: Twitter via VG24/7
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Greaterdivinity

Edit: DERP

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Xijit

Makes me arch an eyebrow, since I was under the impression that Steam had singed an exclusive contract with Bohemia Interactive.

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Greaterdivinity

IIRC Valve doesn’t do exclusive partnerships like that for games etc.

Also, I think after the 5 years of alpha that it’s languished in I doubt any potential exclusivity contracts are long since expired : P

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*shrug* but they also financially bailed out Bohemia after the company was struggling from the financial issues of having two of their developers arrested for espionage when they took pictures of military bases in Greece as part of their design research for ARMA 3.

I KNOW that part of the terms were that Bohemia would drop all digital distribution except for STEAM, but I was under the impression that there had been some stock that had shifted hands.

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agemyth 😩

This sounds a lot to me like you assume BI’s decision to focus on a single platform (Steam) and use its many useful developer and player friendly features of Steamworks (many of which there was no PC alternative to when this decision was made) to get ARMA 3 released and start making money back this small

Unless you know something we don’t, the only behind the scenes deal that went on around then was Arma 3’s acceptance as one of the first of twelve games to launch on Steam’s Early Access program.

Otherwise, there was no bailout or exclusivity deal. That does not fit Valve’s M.O.

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I really can not remember the details & it has been quite a while now so the articles are burried farther in the interwebs than I feel like digging, BUT …

Bohemia did not have their games on Steamworks (this I explicitly remember, because Day Z used to have it’s own community made and run mod patcher / server finder)

Bohemia got way behind on releasing ARMA3 because of the Legal trouble with Greece.

Bohemia was running out of money because they could not afford the fees that Greece was trying to wring out of them (Greece knew that they were not spying, but this was also during the Bankrucpy / Shut down the government was going through and was grabbing at any money they could)

DayZ Mod ran on ARMA 2, But DayZ standalone was going to run off of ARMA 3 … which meant that the biggest cash cow was log jammed behind ARMA 3’s stalled out development.

Valve came in the picture and a deal was made.

Money did change hands, but not sure how much

All of Bohemia’s titles switched to being Steamworks following the deal (The ARMA games used to be on GOG DRM Free, but Bohemia pulled them off. I still have ARMA 2 in my Library, because once you buy it on GOG: you own it … but they are gone from the store).

The Day Z Standalone Project stalled out because the lead Dev decided to bail out and start his own company (go figure that a hobby Mod maker would not mesh with corporate software development & then run off to go be indie, but then fail to every stay focused enough to finish anything).

Bohemia was very open about the fact that they would have had to shut down without Valve’s intervention, and that ARMA 3 / Day Z Standalone would not have shipped, but stopped short of saying “buyout.”

… I was under the impression that Valve had bought stock in Bohemia, but I can’t find anything that actually says that.

And you clearly have no idea about the history of Portal, CS, L4D, or DOTA 2 if you think Valve doesn’t have a history of buying out projects.

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agemyth 😩

Sorry, I still disagree/refute some of the claims you made above, but I do not presently have the will or clear mind to make this discussion worth having for either side. My first post should have gone into the ethereal waste bucket with my hundreds or thousands of other unposted comments from websites and forums.

Have a good day.