DayZ has now officially launched on the Xbox One, following the announcement on Inside Xbox two weeks ago. Players are in the middle of a Walking Dead-style scenario, where society has fallen to an unknown epidemic. DayZ will continue with post-launch development, offering free updates throughout 2019 to expand the content of the game. DayZ originally rose to popularity as an Arma 2 mod, and launched as its own stand-alone title on Steam’s Early Access program in December 2013. Since then, it’s received a major engine overhaul, now powered by Bohemia’s new Enfusion Engine.
Despite not directly featuring any storytelling mechanics, the post-apocalyptic open world of DayZ presents a unique online sandbox where every decision adds up to create your own personal story. When all 60 players on a server engage in this completely unscripted survival scenario, the resulting emergent gameplay leads to intense player interactions — some action-packed and short, and some involving long, sophisticated roleplay with very real emotions that you remember long after. In DayZ, every day is a new story.
Xbox One players can acquire a digital copy for 49.99 on the Microsoft Store, and it is also available on Steam for PC. DayZ will arrive on Playstation 4 later this year.