Following the announcement at Inside Xbox two weeks ago, Bohemia Interactive’s online survival game DayZ today launched on Xbox One. Placing you in a walking-dead style scenario where society has fallen to an unknown epidemic, DayZ gives each player a single task: survive as long as you can, by all means necessary.
With DayZ’s authentic approach to survival mechanics that allow for rich player interaction, the gameplay goes beyond just being the last man standing. This is not Battle Royale. This is DayZ. Check out the brand new gameplay trailer that shows what DayZ is all about.
Despite not directly featuring any storytelling mechanics, the post-apocalyptic open world of DayZ presents a unique online sandbox where every decision adds up to create your own personal story. When all 60 players on a server engage in this completely unscripted survival scenario, the resulting emergent gameplay leads to intense player interactions — some action-packed and short, and some involving long, sophisticated roleplay with very real emotions that you remember long after. In DayZ, every day is a new story.
Following the release today, Bohemia Interactive will continue in post-launch development of DayZ with free platform updates scheduled to drop throughout 2019. These updates will further expand the content available in DayZ (adding new weapons and vehicles) and go more in-depth with some of the existing gameplay concepts.
DayZ’s Xbox One launch has been made possible thanks to a massive help of the Xbox Game Preview community of players. Over the past months, over 500,000 players jumped in to DayZ on Xbox Game Preview and helped to improve the game in many areas. Some of the key improvements in controls, inventory management and performance are addressed in today’s launch update.
Rising to popularity as an Arma 2 mod, DayZ originally launched as a standalone game in Steam Early Access in December 2013. Since then, the game has gone through a major engine overhaul. Now powered by modules of Bohemia’s newEnfusion Engine, practically every part of the game has been completely redeveloped and improved.
On Xbox One, players can get a digital copy of DayZ directly in the Microsoft Store for $49.99 / £41.99 / €49.99. The game is also out now on Steam for PC and is coming to PlayStation 4 later this year.