DayZ could come to Xbox One - developer has "talked extensively with Microsoft"

"The next-gen consoles show very exciting promise," says Dean Hall

Watch out, State of Decay - the phenomenal PC zombie survival sim DayZ may be about to make a move on Xbox One. Creator Dean Hall has apparently been talking the situation over with Microsoft, though he's unable to confirm anything as yet.

If you're new to DayZ, it's a multiplayer-only ArmA II mod in which players explore a fictional, 225 square km former Soviet state, now overrun by the living dead. Brutal realism is the order of the day - you must scrounge constantly for food, equipment and water while fighting, avoiding or (rarely) making peace with other survivors.

"We'd certainly consider release on any feasible platform with a realistic publishing model," Hall told Gamereactor in a new interview. "It seems like currently both of the next-gen consoles should provide an environment we can develop inside."

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PC remains Hall's platform of choice, but he thinks Microsoft and Sony are on track to offer a compelling alternative. "I personally feel the new consoles have yet to prove themselves able to rival the PC experience, however I feel there is the potential from both."

"I've not personally had the opportunity to view the full details of the PS4 whereas I have had the opportunity to talk extensively with Microsoft. The next-gen consoles show very exciting promise. I'm hopeful that they can deliver on that.


"An important part of that, from my perspective, is encouraging and supporting third-party creative development to bring the 'edginess' of PC creative development into the console," Hall added. "I think if the role of Kinect/voice expands to where it is desired it could do some awesome things. I just think it's too early to say at this point."

It's possible that Hall has applied to Microsoft's ID@Xbox program, which allows registered developers to self-publish on Xbox One. The list of ID@Xbox applicants runs into the "thousands", according to Microsoft, and you can expect the first ID@Xbox games by March 2014. Not long to go then.

In other news, the next State of Decay is likely to be a massively multiplayer experience, like DayZ. Assuming Hall's game does indeed come to consoles, I wonder which will prove the more popular contender?