The man behind DayZ, Dean Hall, reveals he intends on leaving Bohemia Interactive once his work on the popular zombie survival simulator is done to return to his native New Zealand. Once back home, he will start his own development studio to continue cooking up the ideal multiplayer survival game.
Although Hall always planned on leaving Bohemia at some point, he reassures he will be wrapping up anything he needs to do with DayZ. This process will likely last until the end of this year, after which Hall will be able to pass the torch on to the rest of the development team at Bohemia. That said, Hall believes he'll never be able to escape the shadow of what he started, and expects to be involved in DayZ in some form for the forseeable future.
Hall originally created DayZ as an Arma II mod before Bohemia (the company behind the Arma series) hired and invited him over to Prague to create a standalone version of the zombie survival simulator. The alpha version of the game was released to great acclaim on Steam Early Access back in December, moving over 172,500 copies in just 24 hours before exploding to over a million units in sales within just four weeks. Despite DayZ's success, Hall still feels the title is held back by a "fundamentally flawed concept."