DayZ Feature PS4

DayZ PS4 Release To Coincide With The Launch Of The Xbox One Version

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There’s a update on the Dayz PS4 version. The developer is now aiming to release the survival multiplayer game at the same time on Xbox One and PS4.

Speaking with Gaming Bolt, lead producer of Bohemia Interactive, Eugen Harton, said they plan to have the full release of the zombie game at exactly the same time. However, Xbox One players will be able to test out the game in Early Access.

“Just to reassure everyone: for the final release, we want both Xbox One and PS4 players have the game available at the same time,” he said. “However, Xbox offers the Game Preview Program as an option for Early Access titles to get started on the platform. It gives us the option to get players into the game early, to have a trial period of sorts, and most importantly to gather feedback on our game before we go for the full launch.”

There was concerns that the DayZ PS4 version would never see the light of day, but now it looks like Xbox One players will test it out, giving the developer plenty of time to iron out bugs ahead of the full Xbox One and PS4 release.

DayZ PS4 100% Confirmed

Earlier this year, on Twitter, the developer confirmed that the open-world survival game is coming to Xbox Game Preview in 2018. They also mentioned that it will be released on PS4 “eventually.”

“Yes! Coming to Xbox Game Preview at some point this year, we're not sure about PS4 yet, but we'll release there too, eventually – just don't know when yet,” reads the Tweet.

The DayZ PS4 release had already been confirmed to drop sometime after the Xbox One version. In December, in an interview with GameSpot, a rep from Bohemia Interactive reiterated this saying: “In short, yes, we’re still going to release DayZ for PS4. We’re still excited to have DayZ in the hands of PS4 players, it’ll just happen a bit later than the Xbox release.”

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Dayz PS4 version coming ‘eventually’.

It’s great news for fans eager to get a taste of the zombie MMO. In an earlier report on the DayZ blog, it was suggested that the game may not come to PS4 at all as the developer detailed upcoming plans for its zombie MMO, omitting mention of a PS4 version.

Creative Director, Brian Hicks had this to say:

As soon as the PC BETA is headed in a way we like, we’re still committed to bringing DayZ to Xbox, where we have a large community of gamers patiently (very patiently!) waiting for a truly hardcore online survival game. All of that will (and must) happen next year – meaning we’re just about to start what could possibly be the most exciting year for DayZ so far. In short: DayZ will be out of Early Access next year, and we’ll also finally deliver it to console players in 2018.

Now we know it’s definitely coming, it’s just a matter when.

History of DayZ PS4 release info

Cast your mind back, if you will, to August 2014. At the PlayStation Gamescom presser which took place on the tenth of that month, DayZ creator Dean Hall took the stage to announce that the extremely popular MMO sandbox title would be bound for Sony's home console and that it would use a new cross-platform renderer that would help to boost the visuals of all versions of the game.

An update in September 2016 came when Creative Director at Bohemia Interactive, Brian Hicks, told Eurogamer that despite a working console prototype being fashioned three months earlier in June, the main focus remains the still unfinished PC version of the game because, quite simply, the engine which is intended to be used on all platforms just isn't finished yet:

“The PC is our flagship platform for DayZ. That is where 99% of our development resources are focused. And while there was a lot of push from Sony and Microsoft to get up on their stages and say ‘yes, we're coming', our focus has been exclusively (I want to say exclusively because there's about a 1% development resource trying to keep those platforms at a point at which, once we get to our beta and our bug fixing, we can start pushing forward on that) on the PC. We can't really move DayZ over to these platforms, at least on a playable level for consumers, until the base engine, Enfusion, is complete. Or if not complete, feature-complete so to speak - the core tech is there.”

Dayz Gets Xbox One launch first.

Elsewhere, mentions of a DayZ PS4 version on the official site for Bohemia Interactive are predictably sparse. Indeed, the console version wasn't even mentioned in the new year blog entry, while the DayZ forums also provide little or no additional insight as to the current state of the PS4 build of the game.

Compounding the wait and the subsequent frustrations associated with this, is that when DayZ does finally makes an appearance, it will do so on Xbox One first, since the game's early state is something that Microsoft's Game Preview programme has actively embraced:

“Microsoft has been very eager – I’ll say this much – for us to get it on their platform, the Xbox Game Preview programme,” says Hicks when pressed on the topic.

At this stage, we’re really not expecting to see DayZ appear on PS4 until 2019.

  • BrianW

    How exactly is PUBG doing so well on PS4 when is hasn’t been released nor is there a release date for PS4 as yet.

    • John Doe

      What does PUBG have to do with the article? If you can’t stay on topic, why even comment.

      • BrianW

        That was a PSU or DISQUS error. In case you didn’t notice the post is 2 months old on a article that was just published

        • John Doe

          My bad. That’s pretty weird it did that.

  • Beasley2K

    Don’t we already have H1Z1 anyway? And of course Xbox will be eager to get a game on their console when they have literally zero exclusives coming out next year.

    • gothicvillas

      H1Z1 for ps4 is canned, no?

    • John Doe

      Truth is, if Sony had an early access program like Xbox and PC these games would be coming day and date with those platforms. I personally, would never pay to play a beta product, but understand some may want to.
      Beta previews have always been free. I do not agree with this trend of paying for unfinished products. I’ve never had the urge to pay for one on PC and never will on any other platform.

      • Beasley2K

        I’d never pay for an early access game either but I can see the appeal. For one, people get the game earlier than everyone else and can provide feedback to help form the finished product. Also, early access games usually sell for a fraction of the price, and when the full game is released, early adopters receive the full game, meaning they essentially got it for cheaper.

        Personally, I don’t see what’s wrong with retaining the free Beta model – I suppose developers found a way to charge people to test their games, and people are falling for it. I also guess that’s a fairer way of allocating Beta testing rather than at random. And the company get a cash injection to contribute towards development costs. So in a sense, everyone wins.

        My main gripe is that when PlayStation Plus was first announced, it was advertised as providing priority access to Betas. I’m yet to receive any such benefit.