As most of you will have noticed by now DayZ by Rocket
which is a persistent-world Zombie RPG for Arma 2: Combined Operations has introduced many new players to the community.
Arma 2 sales on Steam are going through the roof with Arma 2: Combined Operations being the best selling game of late! That is correct, right now Arma 2: Combined Operations lists number 1
So, I guess it was time for the devs to support another community project and Marek Španěl
has stated himself Dayz will be included
into Arma 2 with the next patch, being patch 1.61!
Asked wether it could be included in Arma 3 he said thats a whole different business, Arma 3 is very different compared to Arma 2 and to be able to add DayZ into Arma 3 would need at least another year of work after release.
To read it all for yourself, Luke Plunkett
sat down with Marek Španěl
to chat about the current events with Arma 2 and a community project.
"There's no doubt that the thrilling Day Z mod currently drives Arma 2 Combined Operations sales on Steam", he says with a touch of understatement. "Sales have increased almost fivefold from how they were before Day Z's Alpha release!"
"Bohemia Interactive has always tried to help community mod makers in many different ways and Day Z mod is no different", he says. "We're more than happy to assist DayZ in any suitable way and considering the mod's popularity we are committed to do some related work in the next Arma 2 update (1.61)."
"We are actively communicating about how we could best support the Arma 2 user community especially in multiplayer and Day Z players are right now a significant portion of people actively playing the game, so of course it's high on our priority list to support it the best we can. It's important to understand that DayZ was released just a few weeks ago as a tech demo/proof of concept and it's still at Alpha status so until we know where the project intends to go it's hard to commit to anything specifically."
And the future? "I personally find the combination of realistic Arma style gameplay and settings with survival zombie apocalypse so addictive that I believe it can stand as a gaming experience on its own."
"There are many aspects involved, for example the environment and different assets in Arma 3, new engine features etc. It's important to understand that there is still a long way to go even after Arma 3 is out until mods are properly configured, ported and matured onto the new platform.
"So realistically we may be looking at one year or more from now until we can see something like Day Z based on Arma 3 technology."
Read the complete interview on kotaku.com
And when you have not yet tried DayZ this definatly should give you the final push to see what all the talk is about.
Arma 2 + Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead