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Xbox One and PS4 owners would both love to get their hands on DayZ Standalone. Bohemia Interactive would love to give it to them. So, what's the hold-up?
"Really the bottleneck is us," DayZ designer Dean Hall told GameReactor this weekend. "We need to get the PC build to the right state, where then it can pull across, and I think everybody recognizes that there's no sense in starting to pull something across that's dramatically changing all the time."
"So really our focus is on delivering the right stuff and answering all the questions as we go through the Early Access with the PC."
DayZ launched on Steam Early Access in December. The game is still in alpha so Bohemia still has plenty of features to add or fix. They plan to add playable vehicles, player-constructed buildings and a detailed cooking system among other things.
The long to-do list for DayZ is complicated by the fact that Hall plans to leave Bohemia at the end of 2014. While he said that he'll always be involved in the project in some way, he admitted this weekend that his departure may hurt the project.
"Yeah, it can have an effect on the project in a bad way. We've just got to make sure that... and that's kind of the reason for letting people know that that's coming, so that everyone can sort of prepare for it, and yeah, we can make sure that the project is heading in the right direction."
On the bright side, Bohemia has been ramping up development of DayZ. They recently doubled the size of the DayZ team. Maybe the beta for the PC version will be here sooner than we expect.
Hall said earlier this year that PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game would be plausible. In his most recent chat with GameReactor, he added that Microsoft and Sony want the game on their platforms, too.
"I think all the console manufacturers are interested in DayZ, and rightly so because we've sold a fair amount of units in a short space of time and it's a game that could potentially transfer quite well to consoles. The consoles are trying to sort of break new ground with where they're heading because I'm sure there's a lot of console gamers out there who they would have loved to be a part of say Minecraft when it first came out, and things like that."
While it's nice that there's interest from console makers, Dean seems to be implying that there's no firm deal in place for those platforms. It's just one more hurdle for Bohemia to overcome before the game finally makes its way to the PS4 and Xbox One.