DayZ standalone will not be released until at least June, Bohemia Interactive’s Dean Hall told Joystiq.
“We’re going to review the situation in June,” he said. “So there’ll be no release between now and June. And we’re quite hopeful that we’ll go then. I know that people get really frustrated because they want to play, but I just think this is the best option.”
DayZ is all prepped for alpha testing but the developers insist on refining the client-server architecture. There are currently 25 people in closed pre-alpha and Hall is aiming to get a few hundred more to play the standalone before open alpha.
DayZ alpha keys will be released 50,000 at a time. Hall is also planning on creating a distribution model similar to Kickstarter where players can pay a certain amount to get an alpha key along with other items.
“We want to release the keys in chunks of what we have servers available,” said Hall.
“The idea is to very, very quickly try to release something out there, because that allows us to start capacity testing. We’ve got one final thing we’re waiting for with the release date which is the completion of our client-server architecture. It’s basically making the game into an MMO, and pretty much the moment that’s done we’ll release.”