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DayZ Launches on the 27th for XBox1, comes to PS4 later in year

Premiering a cinematic trailer during the Inside Xbox show, Bohemia Interactive and Microsoft announced on the 12th that DayZ — the open world online survival game — is launching on Xbox One on March 27.

This is DayZ – This is Your Story

The post-soviet country of Chernarus is struck by an unknown virus, turning the majority population into frenzied infected. Fighting over resources has bred a hostile mentality among survivors, driving what’s left of humanity to collapse. You are one of the few immune to the virus – how far will you go to survive?

The game was in Xbox Game Preview for 7 months of early access development during which the developers worked closely with the community. They say that the game still has post-launch updates scheduled, but that they are ready to unleash the game and let new players come on board in the immersive survival game.

The game has no storytelling mechanics, instead the post-apocalyptic open world of DayZ presents a unique online sandbox where every decision the 60 players make will add up. Even without a storyline, it seems that crossing ways with hostile bandits, overcoming injuries, plotting revenge and improvising during combat are all concepts very familiar to DayZ players.

DayZ is launching on Xbox One thanks to the massive help of the Xbox Game Preview community, a community that helped to shape the game over the past months. The launch will introduce things like an improved controls scheme, better inventory interactions, and general improvements in stability and performance — both on servers and in-game. This series of improvements should lead to a much smoother overall experience, and should also allow new players to just enjoy the game without having been a part of the early access.

To ensure that everyone starts fresh on launch day, all existing player characters and server persistence data from Game Preview will be wiped. There will continue to be post-launch development for DayZ with free platform updates scheduled to drop throughout 2019. These updates will further expand the content available in-game (new weapons and vehicles) and go more in-depth with some of the existing gameplay concepts.

Until the launch update on March 27, DayZ will still be available for its Game Preview price of $39.99, offering players a last chance to get the game for a lower price. After the launch, DayZ will is set to be available for $49.99.

As for the PS4 players, the developers say that DayZ will be coming to PlayStation 4 later this year.

DayZ is an unforgiving, authentic survival experience. Up to 60 survivors on a server engage in a completely unscripted gameplay scenario with no goals given, except for one: to survive as long as they can, by all means necessary. There are no superficial tips, way-points, built-in tutorials, or help given to players. Every decision matters, and every mistake can be lethal. If you die in DayZ, you lose all your character progress and start over, as the game features a permadeath concept.

The developers note the following Key Features of the game:

  • Detailed, authentic backdrop of Chernarus, an open world terrain featuring230 square kilometres of hand-crafted environment based on real life locations
  • Real emotional experience driven by the emergent interactions of 60 players on the server, all fighting for survival by any means necessary
  • Environmental dangers including the infected, dynamic weather, and animal predators
  • Wide variety of complex survival mechanics – from hunting and crafting, through sophisticated injury simulation, to transferable diseases
  • Persistent servers with complex loot economy, and the ability to build improvised bases
  • Visceral, authentic gun play and melee combat systems
  • Smooth and reactive character controller utilizing a detailed animation system

The game also includes vehicles that players can drive, providing them with a means both for travel and material transport.

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