DayZ Creator Dean Hall To Step Down


DayZ creator Dean Hall has confirmed he will be leaving the zombie-apocalypse survival title to found a new team. Eurogamer has reported that the development of DayZ will be passed on to his current team, while Hall moves on to found another new studio in New Zealand.

Hall currently has three ideas for games he would like to work on. All of these focus on his search for the ultimate multiplayer experience. Hall believes DayZ is a flawed concept and wants the perfect multiplayer game. While speaking with the site, he said:

I am a grenade. 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. Like you say, maybe I’ve got the gift of the gab, so I can talk, I can explain something, I can talk people up to the ledge and get them to jump off it.

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.

Hall also revealed he had not expected DayZ to become as popular as it did. He concluded:

I never intended to be here. And it’s kind of like cooking in someone else’s kitchen: I don’t want to be constantly telling Bohemia that this is how I do it and this is the way we do it.