DayZ Creator Will Abandon His Own Game
Dean Hall, the creator of DayZ, has announced big changes to the Bohemia Interactive studio for the end of the year. Hall has announced that by the end of 2014, he will step down as the leader of the game he created, as well as leave Bohemia.
The future of DayZ will be left in the hands of the current team that is involved at the moment. Hall’s plans see him return to New Zealand where he is planning to start a new studio that will be dedicated to multiplayer titles.
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“I am a grenade,” he said. “I have a specific use. I’m really good at risk-taking and making other people take risks, I’ve always been good at that in my life.
“That’s what I did with DayZ; I’ve done it twice now [once with the mod, again with the standalone] – two new code teams have separately done it.
“But eventually, that’s the bad person to have. Eventually, you don’t want the guy telling you to go over the top and get through. So at some point I’ll be a disaster for the project, at least in a leadership role.”
Although it seems as if Hall is merely abandoning his work, he said that he only ever planned to work on the game for a few months, rather than two years.
He then also mentioned that he does not want to spend a lot of his time telling Bohemia how to do things. However, despite all of that, Hall did say that he will not drop off at the end of 2014 if the game still requires his involvement.
“I would extend my involvement here as long as Bohemia wanted – needed – me,” he explained.
“Originally I wasn’t going to do this year, but it would be stupid not to, and it would be unfair to the community. I have to be on the project as long as it’s important to. Whether that role is as the leader, whether that role is in a more creative sense… But at a certain point there will be diminishing returns.
“I’ll always be involved with it; there’s no way to escape it.”