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Dean Hall's new studio is RocketWerkz, and it's hiring

DayZ dev has set up shop on New Zealand's South Island

DayZ creator Dean Hall's new studio is called RocketWerkz, and it will start its life in the city of Dunedin on New Zealand's South Island.

Hall first released DayZ as a mod for Bohemia Interactive's ARMA 2 in January 2012, later joining Bohemia to lead development of a standalone game. He announced his intention to leave both Bohemia in February this year, indicating his desire to found a studio in his native New Zealand.

Today, Hall finally revealed the first solid details about his new venture.

According to Eurogamer, the studio actually started hiring back in June, though at that point it had no name and its location was New Zealand's Queenstown.

This tweet is the first time Hall has made a public appeal for applications. His stated intention is to create, "Valve in the South Pacific."

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Latest comments (2)

Aleksi Ranta Category Management Project Manager 5 years ago
Dayz 3 years on and they are fixing/adding stuff like:
-Players can now run up and down the stairs
-Balaclava mask can get wet
-Highly increased chance of finding an apple

Movies and books will be written about DayZ. Im not even playing but i get warm feeling just reading the patch notes.
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Brian Hicks Lead Producer, Bohemia Interactive5 years ago
We're not three years in Aleksi. We're just over a year in. Even the mod is not that old.

Additionally, given that you don't play the title I assume you don't read the patch notes. While core engine development is ongoing, because we are in Early Access we -have- to devote time to small tweaks and balances to keep the active user base engaged. Things such as the "increased chance of harvesting apples" that you call out above.

I expect end users to be frustrated by the early access model, as many of them do not have insight into the standard development lifecycle of a project of any decent size. I don't however expect it from a fellow professional, on an industry oriented news site. ;)

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Brian Hicks on 9th December 2014 5:51pm

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