DayZ’s Final Version Set for a 2016 Release

If you were looking for DayZ‘s pre-release days to be coming to an end soon, you’re completely out of luck. Today, on the official DayZ website, the Bohemia Interactive team has announced that the complete version of DayZ won’t arrive until the first half of 2016. What this means for the former ARMA 2 mod turned stand-alone title ‘s PlayStation 4 release (which is widely assumed to release later than the final Steam version) remains to be seen.

In the coming days, DayZ‘s price will increase to $34.99 USD, a $5.00 increase from its current $29.99 pricepoint. When the final version is ultimately released, American players will be looking at a $49.99 pricepoint, which is fairly standard for titles of this magnitude.This cost-hike is likely to compensate for the fact that the survival horror MMO is set to become more robust over the course of 2015. In addition to providing release and pricing details, Bohemia Interactive also detailed these development plans for the next calendar year:

Q1 2015

  • Basic vehicles
  • Central economy (advanced loot distribution)
  • New renderer
  • New Zombie AI
  • Basic stealth system (zombies, animals, etc.)
  • Diseases

Q2 2015

  • Advanced vehicles (repair, modifications, etc.)
  • Advanced animals – life cycle, group behavior
  • Player statistics
  • New UI Stamina / fatigue
  • Dynamic events

Q3 2015

  • Traps
  • Barricading
  • Character life span and soft skills
  • Animal predators and birds
  • Aerial transport
  • Console prototype

Q4 2015

  • BETA version

  • Animal companions (dogs, horses)

  • Steam community integration (Achievements, Steamworks modding, etc.)

  • Construction (building shelters, walls, etc.)

It’s worth noting that DayZ‘s price will stay at $29.99 during the Steam Fall Sale, so if you’ve been eyeing this post-apocalyptic MMO, it’s best to jump in sooner rather than later.