DayZ creator Dean Hall has spoken about his massively multiplayer zombie survival game potentially coming to next gen consoles.
Both Sony and Microsoft have approached him about bringing the game to their next gen consoles, but it would appear Hall already has a favourite.
Citing Sony and Microsoft’s relationships with indie developers and their downloadable game strategies Hall said he “absolutely” likes Sony’s approach. Hall told Eurogamer:
“Sony lets you self-publish and they don’t make you pay for updates. Microsoft requires you to have a publisher. They have no digital distribution strategy and they require you to pay $10,000, or whatever it is, for updates.”
DayZ became a cult favourite last year when Hall first released his ARMA 2 mod. He is now working with Bohemia Interactive to make it a standalone title.
“I like what I saw on the PS4 and I like what I saw on the Xbox in a lot of cases as well. I’m not s***ting on them. I’m kind of hopeful that Microsoft has just forgot to talk about its indie support. Maybe I’m being a bit naive.”
When pushed on whether he would develop for the PS4 Hall said:
“It’s definitely something we’d look at, but we have to do the PC version first. Once we get the alpha out, that’s a good time for us to run it up on a [PS4] dev kit and see what happens. With this new generation of architecture it’s not a problem for us. It’s totally achievable. The only barriers are the ones console manufacturers put up in the way of indie devs. That’s the only barrier now. I’d love to see this on Xbox Live. I’d love to see it on PS4.”
Despite talking about console versions Hall maintained that no deals have been struck and that his main focus is getting the PC version completed for release later this.