During a recent interview with EuroGamer’s Robert Purchese the creative mind behind the incredibly popular DayZ announced that he will be leaving Bohemia Interactive by the end of the year. Dean “Rocket” Hall touched the heart of millions with the release of the popular DayZ mod and although the standalone version is still enduring alpha testing, it quickly became a top seller on Steam.
He explained his decision to leave by comparing himself to a rather deadly piece of military equipment, a grenade. It’s not the usual farewell speech but well, I’ll let Dean explain:
“I am a grenade,” he began, this time sat in the DayZ office in central
Prague. “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.
“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.
It’s currently unclear what kind of state DayZ will be in once Dean leaves. The game is missing many features that made the mod popular and even more that have been promised in the past. It’s news that’s sure to hit DayZ at the core of its community – a game that boasts incredible levels of transparency and community involvement in development – but not necessarily so hard that it won’t recover.
On the brighter side Dean has confirmed that he will be starting his own development studio chasing that “perfect multiplayer experience”. With three game ideas already on paper, the future is looking good for fans of the multiplayer survival experience.