Dark Drakan

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Only recently been looking into this and Rust but both have a great concept that intrigues me, my laptop wont run either of them I bet but when I get a PC these are the sort of games that will top my list of first purchases. Games like these that have great attention to detail, realism and genuine challenge intrigue me far more than games with flashy GFX and recycled gameplay that seem to be churned out left right and center.

DayZ is only still in Alpha (so still glitchy) and for anyone who doesnt know it is an Arma2 mod which has just recently received a standalone release also but its basically a zombie survival game. Most of you will likely roll your eyes at yet another zombie game but this has a twist, if you die you lose everything and have to create a new character. Players can be robbed of equipment by others and its a constant fight for survival and supplies as you even have to eat, drink and monitor temperature and illnesses.

Example of a one of the more polite robberies that was posted on Kotaku earlier...


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DayZ patch paves the way for more player and zombie numbers, adds new gestures

Patch Notes

Branch: Stable
ETA: Complete
Version: 0.33.114926

Known Issues:
- Spawns: Loot is not spawning in military tents
- Spawns: Some structures in Svetlo currently do not spawn loot
- Server: Servers under load can delay actions from the client
- Graphics: Only 4 dynamic light sources will be rendered at one time currently
- Actions: Looting a dead body may make a ghost clone copy of the inventory

- Actions: chambering SKS round from pile, loading 10 rounds from pile
- Actions: You can uncuff other players with the hacksaw
- Actions: Cannot use an item (e.g. drink/eat) if it is "Ruined"
- Actions: Interactions with items reworked. Drinking/Eating/etc... more robust and user-friendly
- Actions: Restrained players cannot use inventory or action menu
- Animations: Player now can take and hide rifle in crouched run
- Animations: SKS reload animations
- Animations: firing weapon when sprinting will transition player into the aimed run(with some temporary limitations)
- Crafting: FNX45 pistol can be chambered with single round
- Crafting: Opening cans with combat knife added
- Crafting: Opening cans with machete added
- Crafting: Painting Motorbike Helmets to Black and Green
- Crafting: Waterbottles and canteens now allow pouring water between them
- Effects: Magnum revolver ejecting shells when reloading
- Effects: Magnum revolver sounds - gunshots, reloading
- Effects: Mosin ejecting shells when cycling
- Effects: New Mosin sounds - gunshots, cycling, reloading
- Gear: Improvised courier backpack added
- Gear: Machete added
- Gear: Hard hats added in various colors
- Gear: Motorcycle Helmets have black visor variants
- Gear: Small, uncomfortable, and silly (but cute) children's school backpack
- Gestures: Clapping Gesture added, default F5 key
- Gestures: Pointing Gesture added, default F6 key
- Login: Player queuing system introduced. Penalty waiting time added for switching server or disconnecting a server quickly
- Login: Players receive a login timeout when disconnect, increased if disconnect within 30 minutes of joining (max 5 minutes)
- Login: When players logout, their avatar sits on ground for 30 seconds. Players must make sure they logout somewhere safe
- Server: Player spawns now cached by engine directly, increasing performance
- Server: Optimized synchronization and transfer of variables within and outgoing from server (significant performance increase on server, of 5-10 FPS)
- Spawns: Added Bubble goose jackets into the loot spawns
- Spawns: Added SKS rifle, speedloader, ammunition piles and boxes and SKS bayonet into the loot spawns
- Spawns: Healthcare Center now spawns loot
- Spawns: .45acp box of 25rnds added to loot spawns
- Spawns: Police stations now spawn loot
- Systems: Hunger and Thirst slightly modified.
- Systems: Notifications added to UI for hydration and high energy
- Systems: Fractures can now occur due to melee and shot damage, not just environmental
- Systems: Fractures (arms/legs) now saved and loaded correctly from database
- Translations: Added strings for all consumable items (Gas canisters, Batteries etc) and container items (First aid kit etc) for English, with some Spanish and Russian
- Zombies: Different types of Military zombies now have tougher attack values and improved durability
- Zombies: Engine dynamic obstacle checking (zombie, another player)
- Zombies: Svetlojarsk zombie spawns added

- Actions: morphine injection can be used on other player effectively fixing his broken legs and item correctly positioned in hands
- Actions: Keys won't disappear after uncuffing
- Actions: loading ammo works for sprayed Mosin variants
- Actions: Read/Writing notes with paper and pen now works again
- Actions: reviving with epinephrine or defibrillator works also if player blood is below 500 units of blood
- Actions: Actions on another player no longer have an unlimited distance (max 2 meters)
- Art: Bug allowing players to clip through geometry of the police station building.
- Animations: fixed an issue where reload in prone would leave some residue sound clutter at the end of the reload animation
- Animations: Weapon reloading for magazine was not working properly when no magazine fitted
- Animations: Rifle Aimed Walk Updated, diagonal animations fixed
- Animations: Sidestepping through doorway with rifle while crouching should not cause the player to get stuck now
- Animations: knocking down player now possible in prone states, (possibly fixing the issue with frozen characters)
- Animations: changed animation for equipping the compass
- Animations: Proper animation played when taking pistol in run
- Animations: Changing stances is faster now both for armed and unarmed player
- Animations: Skinning problem with armored zombies that caused the model to warp during some animations
- Animations: Standing with aimed weapon now allows for higher angle of tilt/bend
- Animations: Mosin bolt animation after each shot updated to match hand animation
- Animations: Removed footstep sound from pointing animations
- Animations: Pointing gesticulation now possible even when holding 2 handed weapons
- Animations: Clapping now possible to initiate while holding 2 handed weapons
- Config: Berries have more nutrition now
- Crafting: You can no longer saw off sawed off shotgun
- Crafting: Can spraypaint M4 to green or black
- Crafting: Damage is now transferred when items are painted
- Crafting: Improved Backpack creation only possible when Courier Bag is empty (previously items accidentally deleted)
- Crafting: Weapon cleaning kit can't be used when it's "Ruined" and won't reduce condition of a gun
- Crafting: Spraypainting an M4 won't delete your carry handle
- Crafting: Guns are no longer placed on ground while being painted (if not nescessary)
- Crafting: You won't loose attached universal weapon flashlight after M4 painting
- Items won't longer appear on ground after unsuccessful force feeding/drinking/fibrillating/handcuffing and won't loose quantity
- Effects: Dazed effect plays again when a player is hit/damaged/shot
- Effects: Some effects were not active locally when a player was restrained
- Effects: gunshot sound of Magnum reverted to original one
- Fixed: Missing texture error dz\weapons\data\weapons_damage_metal_smdi.paa
- Fixed: Popping up texture error for beret models
- Gear: Spraycans won't deplete after relogging
- Gear: Book, radio, pot, pan, gas canisters, matchbox, paper, firewood and stone can be placed in hands
- Gear: Headlamp beam raised slightly
- Gear: Painted items now retain their previous quantities (i.e. Magazine ammo won't reset)
- Gear: Various item descriptions and notifications fixed for grammar, typos, more detail
- Gear: ZSh-3 Pilot helmet fixed and updated
- Gear: Hoxton and Dallas masks where displayed in center of character, now display on face
- Gear: Splint position in hand was wrong now corrected
- Gestures: Taunt defaults correctly to F4 key
- Graphics: "god rays" could cause overloaded post-processing and graphical corruption
- Graphics: fix of removing shining object from hand (switch off)
- Graphics: Roads have per pixel lights
- Graphics: Dynamic lights should be now defined with "radius" value which is maximum radius of light in meters
- Graphics: Tooltips are now not displayed for quickbar items, as it is a reference to type not specific item
- Login: Respawn button now works correctly
- Login: Various bugs fixed associated with connection errors that could cause a character to be deleted or killed by the server
- Spawns: Lowered chance of Taloon and Mountain backpacks spawning
- Spawns: Drastically lowered chance of backpacks spawning on the construction site
- Spawns: Loot spawn tweaks in some civilian structures
- Weapons: Mosin recoil increased
- Weapons: Sawed-off shotgun can be loaded with ammo (was broken due to changed inheritance)
- Weapons: Sawed-off shotgun: reduced size in inventory, reduced spread
- Weapons: It is no longer possible to attach longrange scope onto SKS
- Weapons: M4 carry handle can now be attached to painted variants of M4
- Weapons - fixed error in config of shotgun snaploader causing low velocitiy and damage
- Zombies: Better filter/check of attack hits directly in engine
- Zombies: Military zombies made tougher

- Crash: Irregular crash of server in corpse garbage collector consequence of this is that the bodies will not disappear if other player is in vicinity
- Crash: Creating item using recipe system caused serious server crash when not enough space in inventory
- Crash: Client crash on exit, all systems 100% reproduction
- System: Previous build caused overzealous starvation to occur​

Dark Drakan

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Looks like that amongst the ongoing dangers of zombies, starvation, dehydration, broken bones, bleeding out and infections, bandits and other players in general another danger is soon to be affecting players survival in the shape of the weather conditions and sickness...


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Dean Hall will step down as leader of the hit zombie survival game DayZ by the end of the year it has been announced. He will be starting his own studio in his home country of New Zealand, where he'll continue to attempt to create that elusive, perfect multiplayer game.

I am a grenade, I have a specific use. I'm really good at risk-taking and making other people take risks, I've always been good at that in my life. Like you say, maybe I've got the gift of the gab, so I can talk, I can explain something, I can talk people up to the ledge and get them to jump off it. That's what I did with DayZ; I've done it twice now [once with the mod, again with the standalone] - two new code teams have separately done it. "But eventually, that's the bad person to have. Eventually, you don't want the guy telling you to go over the top and get through. So at some point I'll be a disaster for the project, at least in a leadership role.


Dark Drakan

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Dean Hall has released an update detailing some of the new features coming to DayZ in the next few months. Things such as

  • New physics for character models and objects
  • New Hunting system and wild animals being used for food
  • Cooking hunted animals and in game items
  • Throwing items
  • Melee animations and collision detection improvements
  • Fixes to bandwidth issues
  • Flashlight and lighting limitations
  • Weather effects to characters, items and illness updates
  • New buildings and loot spawns being improved
  • Zombie respawning and improved physics, collision detection and path finding
  • Being able to interact with storage items in a more in depth manner
  • Bow and Arrows being brought back in from the mod and arrows remaining in enemies
  • Vehicles being looked into
Watch whole video below for full list of changes that are coming in next patch

I dont even own the game or a PC to run it as of yet but some of these ideas are fantastic.​

Dark Drakan

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For anyone who can't be bothered to sit through the video heres a text explanation of the changes.

Lighting improvements;

We are working on improving in-game lighting, not just from a visual perspective but also from a game play perspective, to improve playing at night.

We have enabled light sources such as flashlights and pistol torches, to emit light during the day as they previously haven’t done. However we still have to do some HDR tweaks


This is an area we have wanted to put in for a while. We have added physics middle-ware, which allows us to add throwing items to the game but it also enables us to look at ragdoll and how the characters move within the world.

This is still fairly early days with physics, but we are getting much closer to having something that we can implement into the experimental branch with stability.


We want to add world items that are lootable such as refrigerators that can store items, so they can be looted and the items within them can be interacted with.

Bow and arrows;

One of our programmers has been working on bow and arrows, in the video we show a very early work in progress clip of it. So far progress has been fairly quick with good results, so we are looking forward to seeing how this progresses further.


Animations team has been working hard on getting new transitions and new methods of wielding melee weapons. This is still a work in progress.

We have moved away from our old way of how the animations were working which caused left handed swings. This restricts how the melee attacks are performed. As the hit detection is done from the item position this allows player to be able to easier work out where they are going to hit. This is still very much a work in progress but we hopeful and we look forward to your feedback.

New map updates;

Our map team has been working with artists to add new buildings into game and fixing collision issues with buildings. We have added police stations and new health center buildings across the map as well as improving preexisting towns.

We are currently working on ensuring that all buildings spawn loot as this is a big issue at the moment.


We want it to be almost like an antagonist, we now have rain and weather is properly synced across all clients so all players experience the same weather conditions. Rain will also currently make your clothes damp and then wet, but at the moment this doesn’t really have much effect but in the long term but we definitely want to expand upon that.

Hunting and cooking;

We have dedicated a whole group of artists programmers and designers with experience with hunting games, that are dedicated to working on animals, their behavior and hunting. To maximise the element of survival, our current sprint is focused on cooking and campfires.


One of the big areas people have been reporting is DeSync, we have been working on this directly this is due to the amount of bandwidth DayZ is using because a lot of the messages to do with the inventory are sent via non-guaranteed messages. So if you or someone nearby you has a large amount inventory items, all these messages will be spammed as the server can’t guarantee the client has received them. We have a couple of hot fixes in place but our long term goal for this is to have a guaranteed message system. So the messages are only sent once and not constantly. This will be an ongoing effort.


Zombies are an area of active development, we want to increase the amount of zombies. Tied with this we also want to improve their collision detection indoors. This will be one of the task of the new team will be the hit detection of zombies. We are also actively working on the zombie respawn mechanics, using some of the optimisations that we used with player respawns.

We want zombies to be a good experience so they don’t spawn directly in front of players, this is what is taking the time, as we want to do it properly.

Persistent objects;

We want to have some objects have persistency throughout server respawns, such as backpacks, paper with written notes one and eventually when we bring barricading in, wood and wooden barricades and keeping it’s exact location in so far.


Once we have achieved these objectives we can then look at vehicles as implementing vehicles too early could very easily upset the balance and impact other game play areas. When we do implement vehicles we are likely to start with slower vehicles such as bicycles. Then we will look at more complex vehicles, where we can have many more degradable parts such as batteries or spark plugs.

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Here is the latest patch log that has gone into Experiment Branch for players to test so far while they iron out some of the issues before it gets put into Stable.

Experimental Branch Patch Update
ETA to Stable: No current ETA, dependent on testing results

Known Issues
  • Physics: Item throwing physics is currently disabled
  • Melee: Gestures currently do not work from two-handed melee
  • Melee: Cannot conduct melee attack from "lowered" melee stance (press space to change stance to "raised")
  • Network: Issues in some cases of zombies, or players potentially being invisible.
  • Actions: Vomiting have associated sound effects
  • Actions: Ballistic helmet variants can be painted to black and green color with spraycan
  • Actions: Can check pulse on unconscious players
  • Actions: Searching for berries will now add berries to your inventory
  • Actions: Eat All now supported for consumables
  • Actions: You can catch rain into canteen and water-bottle from inventory
  • Animations: New Ruger 10/22 reload animations
  • Animations: New Ruger MKII Reload animations.
  • Animations: Player now can sit with gun/weapon
  • Animations: Completely new two-handed melee animations. New right-handed poses, moves and attacks for axes, baseball bat, pipewrench, crowbar, fire extinguisher, shovel, farming hoe.
  • Animations: "Low" and "Aim" stances introduced for stand, crouch and prone.
  • Crafting: SKS paint recipe
  • Crafting: Firefighter Axe paint recipe
  • Crafting: B95 paint recipe
  • Environment: New rock textures
  • Food: Sambucus berry item added
  • Food: Canina berry item added
  • Gear: added black and UN ballistic helmet variants
  • Gear: Wool Coat red/black/brown/blue/green/grey/check variants added
  • Gear: can opener can be used as melee weapon
  • Gear: hard headgear (ballistic, moto, construction and pilot helmets) cannot be wear together with masks
  • Gear: Farming hoe configured and spawns
  • Gear: M4 attachment green variants added
  • Gear: Green and black variant of firefighter axe added
  • Gear: Rabbit leg, boar steak and chicken breasts added
  • Gear: Flat Cap red/black/brown/blue/green/grey/check variants added
  • Gear: Green and black variant of SKS
  • Gear: Green and black variant of B95
  • Gear: Long wooden ash stick
  • Graphics: Adding lights to currently rendered scene changed
  • Graphics: Lighting from objects now is rendered during daytime also
  • Graphics: HDR improved and tweaked slightly to perform better with bright lights in scene (i.e. flashlights etc...)
  • Graphics: Engine supported point source light objects (e.g. Gaslamp) now working correctly
  • Map: Olsha has been updated
  • Map: Khelm has been updated
  • Map: New rock formations outside Svetlo have been created
  • Map: New Orthodox Chapel has been created
  • Map: Police Stations & Medical Centers have been placed across the map
  • Map: New villages surrounding Svetlo
  • Medical: Players can have a heart attack (declared as "irregular pulse" with pulse checking actions)
  • Spawns: Sporter 22, CR75, Amphibia S, 1911 and respective magazines and ammo (22LR and 9mm) added to spawns
  • Spawns: Wool Coats and Flat Caps added to spawns
  • Weather: Rain, Clouds, Wind, calculated on server and distributed to clients
  • Weather: Rain now causes items and player to become wet
  • Zombies: Simple respawn mechanic implemented for zombies, pending more robust method
  • Actions: Added 'inUseItem' back to action on target function
  • Actions: Proper nutritional value will be added when eating near empty food
  • Actions: Berry picking script messages to player improved.
  • Actions: Crafting splint from bandages now uses whole disposable bandage and half of dressing bandage
  • Actions: Ruined rags/bandages and wooden sticks doesn't produce infinite splints
  • Actions: Clicking on Eat All action if amount of food is below 1/4 will result in playing only short eating animation
  • Actions: Edited player messages in force drink action and fixing broken limbs
  • Actions: Added collision tests for availability of prone position and vaulting
  • Actions: Force feed/drink doesn't use whole quantity of some food/drink items also canteen is not destroyed after action
  • Animations: Bandage and eating pills animation glitch fixed.
  • Animations: Rolling left/right while zoomed in sights makes player zoom out for the duration of the roll.
  • Animations: Player can now be properly knocked out while in water.
  • Animations: holding animations of various weapon magazines correctly linked
  • Animations: Evade animations in prone (Q and E) are faster now.
  • Gear: Added color variants of ballistic helmets into loot spawns
  • Gear: Purification tablets package contains ten tablets now. Cholera removing functionality added.
  • Gear: Even lower chance of backpacks spawning on construction sites
  • Graphics: SSAO in options saved
  • Graphics: Rain effect settings changed
  • Graphics: Rain geometry optimized (28 bytes vs 12 bytes per vertex)
  • Graphics: Spot light culling fixed
  • Graphics: Fix of terrain intersections
  • Graphics: Fix of geometry trace for flares
  • Graphics: Rain now does not fall inside buildings for those on Lower/Disabled shadow settings
  • Login: Failure during new character creation could cause player to get stuck as unconscious
  • Map: Optimizations for Svetlo performance
  • Map: Forests surrounding Svetlo bugfixes
  • Medical: Would never actually die from zero health or blood due to medical conditions
  • Medical: Epi-pens will now wake anyone (briefly) from unconsciousness even if blood very low
  • Medical: Defibrillator used for restarting the heart of players who have a heart attack
  • Medical: Unconsciousness had irregular and unpredictable behavior (epi-pens will now always wake an unconscious player, unless they are having a heart attack)
  • Medical: Melee damage application system changed to better balance
  • Medical: Chance of bleeding from fists reduced significantly
  • Medical: Disconnected players avatars did not take shock or blood damage
  • Medical: Falling from height while sprinting did not kill player when it should have
  • Medical: Player could vault with broken legs
  • Network: Dropped items appeared only after a delay (now instant)
  • Network: Inventory items causing desync due to non-guaranteed update spam (hotfix currently until guaranteed message change is complete)
  • Network: Optimizations to network messaging updates should result in reduced bandwidth and some increases in FPS for clients/server
  • Structures: Changed inheritance of barrier structures (due to errors in logs)
  • Structures: Items disappearing when dropped near stairs or walls
  • Sound: subsonic projectiles no longer emit supersonic crack
  • Weapons: Long-range scope reticle properly centered
  • Zombies: Zombies aims mostly for chest area now when attacking (stops the "helmet of armor" change)

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Experimental Update .46, Grenades, new town, new gear and more!

This video covers the NEW Dayz Standalone Experimental update version 46. This update includes MANY new additions to the game.

Grenades currently have placeholder explosion of the petrol station exploding (so quite overpowered currently).

DayZ Showcase | Experimental 0.46 Update! *New Content*

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Dean Hall has also outlined six upcoming Developments that will change DayZ for the better...


Originally, Hall thought development of DayZ would be bound by the limitations of the legacy ARMA II engine. Since the game has sold like hotcakes, that is no longer the case. The interest has given the team the impetus to rip out the graphics renderer, which was limited to DirectX 9, and write a new renderer, with support for either DirectX 10 or 11, and even OpenGL for Linux support down the line.

"We lose a lot of time," Hall admits. "But implementing DirectX 10 or 11 will have a dramatic, instant visual difference and quite a significant performance difference."

System performance remains a major issue with the game's current engine. Enterprising players have ported the Chernarus map into ARMA III's DirectX 11 engine and have already seen a massive performance boost, so an official upgrade such as this should be just what the doctor ordered.

It won't just be visual and performance improvements that a new engine will bring. "The big benefit we get is being able to implement dynamic lighting so we can have dynamic shadows," Hall explains. "If you've got a good computer, you'll be able to play with more lights. If there's a lot of people using torches in the distance, you'll be able to see their lights."

New shaders also mean Hall has the ability to look at making DayZ's pitch-black nighttime phase more playable, as it was originally being rendered using the ancient DirectX 7. "It really just gives us options to play with," he elaborates. "Once we've got that, we'll then experiment and say, 'How can we change the lighting at night so that we still achieve that pitch blackness, but at the same time actually allow you to play it?''​

Facilitating even more significant gameplay changes is the recent upgrade to a 64-bit server architecture. "It's working and it's great," says Hall. "It allows us to use a lot more RAM, which helps us a great deal with spawning in thousands more items into the world. It means we can have more zombies. It means we can have more loot items." More items and zombies always means a greater hit on server performance, however, so Hall sees the ideal zombie count target being a factor of 10 compared to the game's current undead numbers.
o get to that target, some work still needs to be done to fully support multiple cores on the 64-bit servers, but this is nevertheless a major step at addressing the server issues that Hall sees as the primary bottleneck affecting DayZ's development. "And that's why the vast majority of our efforts have been focused on architecture with the servers," he elaborates. "One of the key reasons for that is to make everything more robust from a hacking standpoint. Hacking was a real problem with the mod. We just wanted to go back to basics. This is stuff that, if you look at most massively multiplayer engines, they're already designed to do this. We had to go back through and do a lot of housekeeping to make sure that would work out."


In the original mod, you would spawn on the south coast of Chernarus and have to make your way north to gather weapons and supplies. A recent update to the stand-alone game moved those spawn points to the east coast instead. "Actually, a lot of that wasn't intentional at all," says Hall, who goes on to explain how the intention was to open up both coasts for spawning, but the ratio has not been balanced yet.

Yet this has had a significant effect on the way new players progress. The southern capital city of Chernogorsk is much further away, so it is no longer crawling with fresh, defenceless survivors. Those players now need to venture westward, instead of north, if they hope to find towns that haven't already been looted. The recent reintroduction of helicopter crash sites, which only appear in the far west and contain powerful weapons, provides further incentive to undertake this cross-country trek.

The new, large towns to the north that have been added to the stand-alone game should increase that temptation, but current problems with the loot spawning system are preventing that.

"Each building type has hundreds of places that items can spawn, and hundreds of different possible items," Hall explains. "The problem is, the system goes through the buildings one by one. When it gets near the end of the list, it can often run out. Unfortunately, the last items in the list are the new areas."

Making that list larger isn't as simple a fix as it would seem. "We increased the item spawn numbers from 15,000 to like 30,000," says Hall. "But that takes away a lot of the server optimisations we gained."

Once the servers fully support multiple cores on the new 64-bit architecture, we should see the team return to this issue with the bandwidth for a more elegant solution--which will give players a more tangible survival arc as they journey inland.​

Once the loot spawning system has been fixed, Hall plans to revolutionise the loot economy itself by making loot persistent across every single server in the entire world. This allows the team to control the rarity of individual items not just per server, but for every single player no matter where they live.

"We'll say there can only be, for example, a hundred night-vision goggles in the whole world across all servers," Hall explains. "Then, once your character dies, or that item gets destroyed, it makes a new one available to spawn on a server."

The rarity of an item will be defined by its function. Specialist military gear, such as night-vision goggles, logically wouldn't be found as often as a can of baked beans. Hall wants players to hear rumours that a particular player on a particular server has found some of this specialist gear, which could lead to a kind of lore and reputation building up around such servers. And if you are the person who has found such an item, you'll start playing differently to hold onto it for as long as possible.

"What we'd see is, particularly when we get into vehicles, or components for helicopters that are very rare and are controlled centrally so there can only be a certain amount of helicopters in every server in the whole world, that would mean that if you hear there's a working helicopter on a particular server, you'll want to go to that server," he adds.

Hall predicts that the team will need to add a new server cluster dedicated to controlling this persistent loot economy. But the introduction of extreme rarity and the reputation surrounding players with such items is an important step toward adding more opportunities for emergent storytelling to take place.

The team also discussed methods of bringing the notion of changing servers into the gameworld itself, such as walking to the edge of the map loading you into a new server on the other side. "But obviously we need to make a lot of maps for that, and it takes many years because they're huge, hand-made maps," says Hall. "We talked about procedural generation, but it was going to be so much effort that, before we looked at that, we needed to do all our architectural work first."​

Bohemia recently acquired the staff from Cauldron, developer of the Cabela's Big Game Hunter series. Hall is having them prototype an entire subset of hunting mechanics that he eventually wants to have become a crucial part of your daily survival routine. "We're getting them to come up with ideas about having animals migrate to different positions depending upon the time of day, and being more active depending on what type of animal, and looking at having aggressive animals, player companion animals, and neutral animals," he elaborates.

Hall sees these new hunting mechanics as something that will go hand in hand with the introduction of low-tech weapons like crossbows, as well as future refinements to melee weapon mechanics. He is also aware that Cauldron's hunting games appeal to a niche audience, and is confident the team will be able to strike a balance with their work on DayZ.

"I played a lot of the Frostfall mod for Skyrim," Hall adds. "It gave you a reason to go out and hunt the deer. To be honest, hunting deer in Skyrim was just so much fun. You have to get the arrow just right, and you get a cool sense of satisfaction with a kill."

Skyrim's Frostfall mod also added a chance to catch hypothermia if players remained out in the cold for too long. Recent additions to DayZ's dynamic weather system, such as synchronising the weather across the entire server, allow the team to explore more survival mechanics such as this. "At the moment, it means you'll use more calories when it's cold, and you'll use more water when it's hot. But we want to expand that dramatically--hypothermia, and things like that," says Hall. Once body temperature becomes key to survival, it should encourage cooperation due to the significant inventory space required to store elements for things like campfires.

This dynamic weather could also tie back into the hunting mechanics, with animals' migration patterns being affected by the current temperature. Hall does want to see more AI-based dynamic events such as this, "but they require a particular server frame rate that we're still a long way off," he says. Hunting, when combined with the recent addition of the ability to pick berries and fish, should, as Hall hopes, allow players to live off the land entirely if they so choose.


DayZ's controls are complicated and obtuse, largely due to the holdover use of ARMA II's scrollwheel-based action menu. Hall admits the menu is terrible, and has assigned a design team to go away and research ideas. "We wanted them to just think outside the box," he says. "How could it really look? Go play a lot of good games. Find out what it is, rather than just trying to crowbar a solution in."

Hall thinks that solution could be inspired by Skyrim's Frostfall mod, as well as the simplicity of interactions in Minecraft. "What's cool about Minecraft is it's very visceral," Hall explains. "You walk up to something and you bang it. The Frostfall mod, if you want to light a fire, you place your fireplace, equip a torch to your hand, and then you bash it with your torch. So I think that's where we want to go. We want to have your different stances, and depending on your item, it will do different things." This should make interacting with DayZ's complex systems far simpler, and based more on real-world logic than on scrolling through menus whilst near interactive objects.

A significant and unique aspect of DayZ concerned the way weapons were difficult to handle, which was reflected in the way your crosshair moved independently of your view. But a recent change that locks your crosshair to your viewpoint has been met with criticism by hardcore players who think it feels too much like Counter-Strike. Hall believes the new system is dramatically better, but it's not yet complete, as the team still needs to assign values to each weapon that determine its weight and dispersion.

"We want to introduce these trade-offs with the game and make sure that, if you're equipping an attachment, that the attachments mean something and are not just cosmetic," Hall explains. "If you have a really heavy weapon in real life, sometimes you have a heavy weapon to reduce the recoil. It's not so much that using it might slow you, but if you spin around, it has more momentum, so it can be difficult to stop it."

Hall laments that games have not yet represented the suppressing power of such heavy machine guns. "I'm eternally disappointed that there is no video game that has ever gotten machine-gun mechanics right," he says. "If you fire a GPMG into an enclosed space, it heats up the air so much. We were on an exercise in Thailand, and we were firing at targets, and the targets caught fire." Modelling the heat from rounds flying through the air isn't a priority for DayZ, but tighter controls and logical weapon handling should make the game far more accessible, and far less fiddly, than it currently is.

On top of a new control scheme, DayZ's new server architecture, a smoother and prettier engine, a persistent loot system, and a new early game, along with deep hunting mechanics, all sound like features that will revolutionise how the hardcore zombie survival sim plays. However, most of these changes are still some time away from being introduced into the stable Early Access build. If you weren't sold on the current development state of DayZ, now is still probably not the time to buy in--but, from chatting to Hall, it's clear that time is definitely coming.



Dark Drakan

Staff member
Legendary Hero
CHANGELOG: Stable - 0.46.124490

Known Issues:

  • Crash caused by Fireplace kit in players Inventory
  • Character cloning
  • Player can look through walls
  • Zombies are spawning on spot of their death
  • Player is stuck in building after reconnect
  • Player cannot respawn properly when he has drowned
  • Shadow related client FPS drops
  • When restrained in unconscious player stays in restrained state till he reconnects

  • Actions: You can sort out good ammunition from a ruined stack
  • Animations: New reload animations for Longhorn and a second reload for the Crossbow.
  • Animations: New reload for B95 double rifle.
  • Animations: MP5K reload Animations
  • Animations: Added aimed pose for sitting with rifle.
  • Animations: Drinking from pond and well.
  • Loot: Added MP5 with magazines
  • Loot: Added military Pilotka side cap
  • Map: Karmanovka has returned
  • Map: Novodmitrovsk has been added
  • Map: Industrial area of Novodmitrovsk has been added.
  • Map: Tenement area near Novodmitrovsk has been added.
  • Map: Dobroe village is added.
  • Map: New administrative buildings has been added in Novo.
  • Item: Flashbang grenade
  • Item: Hand grenade
  • Item: Added green and black color variants of the ZSh3 helmet. Can be crafted.
  • Sound: Play sound when using the bow.
  • Server: Security Improvement Hotfix

  • Actions: Painting 75 akm drum magazine
  • Actions: Crafting fur backpack
  • Actions: AKM buttstock painting
  • Actions: Breaking apart backpacks, down into parts
  • Actions: Leather backpack crafting
  • Actions: Raised chance to ignite fire in wind
    Actions: Fixed crash with meat duplication in fireplace/inventory
  • Actions: Can't eat meat directly from the fireplace
  • Animations: Fixed hand movement at the end of SKS reloading.
  • Animations: Hand clipping in unarmed run.
  • Animations: Crouch walks and runs replaced with new animations.
  • Animations: Crouch idle pose adjusted to better show items in player's hand.
  • Animations: Sprint with gun replaced with new animation.
  • Animations: Jump and vualt animations updated
  • Animations: Hand poses added for granades, pelts, alcohol tincture, fishing rod, magazines, woods.
  • Animations: Zombie attack animations polished.
  • Animations: Gestures poses fixed.
  • Animations: Two handed arming animations fixed.
  • Animations: Fixed an issue where surrender kept getting cancelled when used with one handed melee weapons
  • Animations: Fixed an issue where vomiting was not working properly with 2 handed melee weapons
  • Animations: Fixed an issue where drinking animation was not playing when the player was in prone
  • Animations: Throwing items reconfigured, staying wound up should not prevent the player from getting knocked down or cuffed
  • Animations: Leaning tweaked in transitional states, should now allow for smoother transitions while leaning
  • Animations: Fixed an issue where the character would not roll left/right with binocs in raised prone state
  • Gear: Alpha sorting in alcohol tincture model
  • Item: Hacksaw hand placement
  • Sound: Arrow loading
  • Sound: Arrow ejecting
  • Sound: Fishing bait check

Dark Drakan

Staff member
Legendary Hero
DayZ developer Bohemia Interactive has outlined its development schedule for 2015, announcing plans to transition the game into beta in Q4 2015.

Q1 2015

Basic vehicles
Advanced loot distribution
New renderer
New Zombie AI
Basic stealth system (zombies and animals)

Q2 2015

Advanced vehicles (repair and modifications)
Advanced animals (life cycle, group behavior)
Player statistics
New UI
Player stamina
Dynamic events

Q3 2015

Character life span + soft skills
Animal predators + birds
Aerial transport
Console prototype

Q4 2015

Animal companions
Steam community integration
Construction (base building)
BETA version, expected price 34,99 EUR / 43,99 USD

Dark Drakan

Staff member
Legendary Hero
Newest Patch Update and its features

v0.52.126010 (17 Dec 2014)

New Items:

New Mechanics:

  • Suicide (variants)
  • Using scopes for scouting
  • Redone horticulture mechanics
  • Redone spawn points and amount of vehicles
  • Exiting and entering animations for vehicles
  • Christmas presents
  • Crafting of fishing rod, stone knife, bow, with nature only resources
  • You can cut out seeds out of vegetables
  • Torch crafting
  • Blade sharpening
  • Silencers working
  • Using of almost all items for melee

New locations:

Updated locations:


  • Muzzle blast, Impact sounds fixed.
  • Small fish trap exploit fixed
  • Supressor visible on steyraug now
  • Damage transfer added to ghillie crafting
  • Security fixes
  • Telescopic Baton retracting
  • Improved heatpack and gut heat transfer, support for multiple heat sources
  • Drowning while cuffed under water surface
  • Heatpack and more items properly positioned in hand
  • Supressor visible on steyraug now
  • Animation polish
  • Loot distribution polish
  • and much much more.

Known Issues:

  • Item locked in hands slot
  • Items can't be picked up sometimes
  • Left earpice sound volume is lowered sometimes
  • Ghillie will probably react badly on chemlight, flare and other light sources
  • Some items will visually duplicate themselves if used from the ground
  • Server crashes
  • Client crash when disconnected from server


New items:

New Animations:

  • 2 new gestures: F4 "I heart U" (replaces the "Giving the finger" middle finger gesture during the Christmas) and F11 "Fake suicide"

PBO Files:

  • Winchester Model 70
  • Landmine
  • Bear Trap
  • Crafted Leather Boots
  • Crafted Leather Jacket


  • Environment: Can now search for Ashwood Sticks
  • Gear: New Paper texture
  • Gear: New Painkillers texture
  • Gear: Netting Size changed from 2x1 to 1x2
  • Vehicles: Can now turn on the headlights of the V3S
  • Vehicles: Now have to start it up before driving away


  • Gear: Painting Firefighter Axes to green and black now changes the textures again, not just the name

Dark Drakan

Staff member
Legendary Hero
Stable Branch Update: 0.53.126384

Updated server rules:
Public Servers

Private Servers

Since last hive wipe:

111,601,176 characters have been killed.
4,796,793 characters living
2,094,059 characters purged from the public hive

Known issues:

  • In some cases, servers may freeze briefly. (There will be a targeted hotfix to address this)
  • Throwing something while in process of another action can cause your character to get stuck in a falling pose until reconnection
Change Log:

New items:
- Crafted Leather Jacket, Pants, Backpack, Shoes and Vest
- Broom
- Canoe paddle
- Lead pipe
- Steak knife
- Hatchet
- Hay Hook
- Flanged Mace
- Red, green, blue and gray sweater
- Red, green, blue, yellow, violet, orange and black quilted jackets
- Blue, red, pink and black raincoat
- Yellow, orange, blue, green, red, pink and black armband
- Khaki, Black, Olive and Tan M65 Jacket
- Bayonet for AKs
- Flare gun
- Ice Axe
- Field Shovel
- Lug Wrench

New mechanics:
- Handheld scopes not limited in Y axis.
- You can use rope, duct tape or wire for restraining other players.
- You can use blades, pliers, hacksaw and lock pick to untie players.
- You can craft armbands by shredding raincoats.
- You can use cooking tripod as melee.
- You can attach cooking tripod on fireplace.
- You can pour water, gasoline or disinfectant into any kind of container (except soda cans).
- You can pour liquids from container to container.
- You can tan skin using lime.
- You can upgrade fireplace to furnace.
- You can use Ice Axe for stone picking.
- You can sew Leather Jacket, Vest, Pants, Shoes, Hat and Sack from Tanned Leather with Leather Sewing Kit.
- Construct fireplace states by attachments.
- Fireplace consuming fuels (heating/cooling fireplace temperature).
- Heat transfer from heated items (you can heat items in a fireplace and then bring them with you to keep you warm).
- You can find worms when digging garden plot.
- Planting in garden plot is less effective in comparison to greenhouse.
- Zucchini plant, seeds and its growing process.

New animations + audio:
- Flare gun hand pose & reload animation
- Water pump water pouring
- Supersonic crack sound for weapons with supersonic ammo
- Bullet fly wizz
- Melee weapons sounds
- Flare gun sounds

New locations:
- Terra incognita
- Castle on Skalisty island
- Nagornoe village

- New version of BattleEye.
- Antihacks.
- Vehicle persistence.
- The navmesh controller connected to the entity controller.
- Adminlogs added for private shards (logs connects and disconnects of player, tracks damage dealt from player to player, logs messages sent through chat ...).

- Suicide with various items
- You can not unpin grenade laying on the ground
- Ghillie suit painting
- Arrow crafting no longer consumes 2 instead of 1 feather in certain circumstances
- Deployment of ruined fishtrap
- Cancel action during digging in greenhouse
- Fireplace heating process tweaked
- Effect of wetness on temperature tweaked
- Handguard placement on AKs
- Kitchen Knife cannot be placed on back
- Fish trap deterioration and sardines count
- Damaged an Ruined texture on some items (book, heatpack,...)
- Shovel size
- Clothing sizes tweaked
- Heatpacks keeps you warm longer, but its longevity is affected by it's damage
- Gun muzzle flashes

Known issues:
- Server freezes.
- Character falls/gets stuck after throwing melee weapon during swing/weapon change.
- Player can't pick up items from the ground sometimes.
- V3S can clip under ground in certain circumstances.
- Players are experiencing desync while next to each other/ in vehicles.
- Items with classnames that are too long aren't saved into the character database.
- Items in backpack rearranges upon connection to server.
- Player is stuck in building after reconnect.
- City/Shadow related client FPS drops.
- Camera clipping issues.