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DayZ is coming to PlayStation 4

Zombie survival simulation DayZ is coming to PlayStation 4, Bohemia Interactive's Dean Hall just announced at Gamescom. Hall didn't show footage of what the PS4 version of DayZ looks like, but said that he's excited for PlayStation owners to start creating their own stories in the hardcore, permadeath-infused game. DayZ is currently available on PC as a standalone product in Early Access. It started as a mod for ArmA 2. Sony's Adam Boyes said last month that the company is open to bringing Early Access-style games to PS4.

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H1Z1 asks the question: If a tree falls in the woods, do you hunt down and kill the one responsible?

He pointed to trees on the other side of a large field. The game's visuals are an obvious step above the other zombie-based survival games on the market, and watching the horizon for falling trees will be a popular way to find targets to kill or rob. "What’s really scary is if you’re running through the woods and this tree falls," he said, pointing at a tree a few feet from us. "And you say ‘OK, there’s someone right there. I have to watch out.' It gets really real, really fast. You feel like you’re in a survival situation." And that's the point. H1Z1 is an online first- or third-person survival game from Sony Online Entertainment that bears a certain resemblance to DayZ. You begin each game with next to nothing on your character, so everything you need to stay alive, from food to...

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DayZ's Dean Hall explains why you may want to wait to buy the game, and the value of brutal honesty

He’s also, and again these are his words, "brutally honest" about the state of the game and where things are as they continue work on the project. "I guess the most fascinating thing for me is some people just get so much playtime out of it," he told Polygon. He has a huge number of hours into the game himself, but the systems just aren’t where he wants them to be. You can play the game on the "stable" servers which provide a smoother experience, or test new features on "experimental" servers. The current stable build doesn't have as much to do as the experimental build. "I find it very difficult to enjoy the current stable because I just don't think there's enough, not content, but not enough of a hook for me to keep playing. I think the experimental has some really good stuff in it....

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DayZ hack being 'extensively' investigated, no user data affected

Bohemia Interactive's open-world, multiplayer survival game, DayZ, was recently hacked but will have no effect on the players or development of the game, Rock, Paper, Shotgun reports. Early reports suggested that the game's source code had been compromised. The statement given to RPS, however, does not reveal the nature of the attack. "We have recently detected an attack on some of our servers, the precise nature and scope of this attack is currently being extensively investigated," the spokesperson said. "There were no user data on any of the servers. Current development goals and schedules for our games will not be affected by this attack. More information will follow as our investigation continues." DayZ is currently available via Steam Early Access. Upon the game's launch, the d...

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Bohemia Interactive marks 15th anniversary with Steam sale, Arma 3 free weekend

Bohemia Interactive, the Czech studio behind DayZ and the Arma franchise, is honoring its 15th anniversary with a Steam sale offering discounts of up to 80 percent on its games and a free weekend for Arma 3. All Steam users can play Arma 3 for free from May 15 through May 18; everything but the second and third campaign episodes are available, and those who want to buy it can do so at 40 percent off. Bohemia also put all of its games on sale, including its two Early Access titles, DayZ and Take On Mars. And the studio's debut game, Arma: Cold War Assault — a re-release of the original title, 2001's Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis — can be downloaded for free until the end of the weekend, as a special gift to Bohemia's longtime fans. Bohemia also announced that Arma 2 players who...

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DayZ standalone sells 2 million copies

DayZ's standalone version has sold 2 million copies, the zombie-filled game's creator Dean Hall revealed today on Twitter. Must Read Dean Hall on the roof of the world: How illness persuaded the creator of DayZ to climb Mount Everest The game reached its most recent milestone just about two years after it made its debut as a mod for Bohemia Interactive's tactical third-person shooter Arma 2. Bohemia released DayZ's standalone version through Steam Early Access last December. By mid-January, it crossed the 1 million sales threshold, a move that Hall characterized as "a 'shots fired' moment for those in the traditional publishing model, and their investors." Polygon spoke with Hall in the wake of that milestone to learn how success might change the game, so be sure to r...

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World of Darkness canceled as CCP Atlanta is hit with layoffs

World of Darkness, the in-development massively multiplayer online title based on the Vampire: The Masquerade universe, is no more, developer CCP announced today. The cancellation of World of Darkness will result in layoffs of 56 employees at CCP's Atlanta office, it was confirmed, with a number of staff offered roles within the company. "The decision to end the World of Darkness MMO project is one of the hardest I've ever had to make," CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Petursson said in a prepared statement. "I have always loved and valued the idea of a sandbox experience set in that universe, and over the years I've watched the team passionately strive to make that possible. "... To our current and former employees and fans of World of Darkness, I am truly sorry that we could not deliver the...

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Sony Online Entertainment wants to eat DayZ's lunch, and that's great news

Barrels of ink have been spent trying to figure out why these ultra-hardcore and often punishing games appeal to such a large audience, but a new genre has been born, and that attracts big companies with big budgets. It’s not surprising that Sony Online Entertainment is swooping into this brand-new territory with H1Z1, a game that seems to ape much of what of makes games like DayZ so interesting. You’ll be exploring an open world set after the zombie apocalypse, and of course other players will be just as dangerous as the walking dead. You’ll be able to trade items in a working economy, or grab and defend safe houses. Must Read SOE spills details on post-apocalyptic MMO H1Z1 heading to PC, PS4 H1Z1 is a game that promises much of what games like DayZ and Rust could...

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DayZ changes detailed, including fires, weapons and food

DayZ's development team today outlined incoming gameplay and graphical changes for Bohemia's zombie apocalypse survival game. According to a new developer blog post, final implementation of fireplaces in the game will be available next week, allowing players to light flammable objects and "decide where and how to make fires." A new animation system and animations have been added that allow you players to power up throws of objects, in much the same way that bows are drawn to shoot arrows. The team has also updated mouse controls following player feedback, allowing varying degrees and speed of movement according to the weapon in hand. "Players with a pistol will be able to turn around and fire much faster than a player with a M4, or a chainsaw," stated the blog post, which also warned...

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DayZ update bringing fixes, cooking tweaks and new weapons

The latest update for zombie survival sandbox DayZ brings with it several new fixes and features, including a few tweaks that will stop some players and spawned zombies from being invisible to others, according to a post on the game's Tumblr. Additions have also been made to the steadily-growing hunting and cooking system. A new system for "emissive" textures has been implemented, which will make the air around fires give off a heat haze. Players can also now upgrade fireplaces to make makeshift heat ovens for cooking in the wilderness. New craftable content included in the update, besides fireplaces and cooking improvements, includes PVC bows and tweaks to the AKM gun that will make it compatible with the DayZ attachment system. The team is working on a side-mounted PSO scope to add...

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