UPDATE 2 (12/05/2017): DayZ PS4 release
Although Bohemia Interactive didn’t make mention of DayZ coming to PS4, the developer has confirmed that is still very much the case.
The DayZ PS4 release however, will take place after the game lands on Xbox One.
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.”
As it is, the DayZ PS4 release looks like it could land sometime later in 2018. Assuming of course, everything goes to plan.
UPDATE: DayZ PS4 release
Okay, so it’s not looking good. In a new update on the DayZ blog, the developer has detailed upcoming plans for its zombie MMO, and it doesn’t look like it includes the PS4 version.
Creative Director, Brian Hicks has 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.
There’s absolutely zero mention of a Dayz PS4 release. With the incredible success of Fornite Battle Royale on PS4, which is very similar in concept to DayZ, has the developer decided to give up? It’s possible, considering that the Fortnite servers are full, the game is constantly evolving, and it will difficult to draw players out of that game world over to DayZ. However, many fans are still hanging onto the hope that DayZ will make it to PS4 following the Xbox One launch.
It’s interesting that this statement about the Xbox One release of DayZ has appeared days before the release of PUBG on Xbox One. You might say it’s an attempt to remind Xbox One players that the game is definitely coming, encouraging them to hold off investing in PUBG for its 2018 release?
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.
Some three years later and we’ve yet to see anything on the game which begs the question; just what in blazes is going on with DayZ on PS4? Well, the most recent update came in September 2016 where 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.”
Given how far off a final 1.00 release candidate the developers are, prioritising the PC version of the game makes complete sense. As of writing, the latest build for the PC version of DayZ, which was compiled on February 2nd stands at release 0.61 – a number which should in itself make it obvious how much work lay ahead of the DayZ development team.
Elsewhere, mentions of 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 likely 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.
Certainly then at the very least, it appears that Mr. Hall was brought on stage to announce something much earlier than perhaps he should have. For now, all we can do is wait with the vague promise that with development supposedly beginning shortly, that we’ll see DayZ this side of 2020. So yeah, DayZ is coming folks, but we’re going to have wait a long time before we can finally get our paws on it and sometime longer still before the PS4 version of the zombie survival sandbox MMO can be considered fully complete and ready for primetime.