People like DayZ. A lot. They like it a whole lot more than most mods for strict military simulators like ArmA II. How much do they like DayZ? By the beginning of August, Dean Hall’s mod had lured more than 1 million players into its zombie-filled landscape. ArmA II sales jumped 500 percent because so many people wanted to play the game. Bohemia Interactive is now developing it as a standalone PC game.
There are a lot of people that only play games on consoles though. Will Bohemia bring DayZ to the living room? Producer Jan Kunt thinks the game is ready made for Xbox Live Arcade.
“We’ve always wanted to make games for consoles as well,” Kunt told Videogamer.com, “Obviously we’re a PC developer and have been for some years, but consoles have a huge market and you don’t have so many problems with piracy.”
“Obviously DayZ, you’ve seen the success of Minecraft on Xbox Live Arcade, and we’re probably be stupid not to try to do something similar.”
XBLA needs another zombie game like Call of Duty’s multiplayer modes need more racist, misogynistic bullies playing them, but a downloadable version of DayZ would be most welcome on the platform. The example of Minecraft is important though. Would an XBLA DayZ replicate the full experience or be truncated? Bohemia and Hall need to finish the game before answering that question.