Earlier this year, PC gamers were exposed to in infectious DayZ disease. Spawned as a mod for ARMA II, the zombie apocalypse simulator/MMO drops players into the fictional land of Chernarus where disease has turned the population into zombies. The game has gathered over 1 million players and is the source of many first-hand stories which could rival The Walking Dead in darkness and intensity. With their critical and commercial success, it’s no wonder developer Bohemia is looking into infecting other platforms, including XBLA.
“You’ve seen the success of Minecraft on Xbox LIVE Arcade, and we’d probably be stupid not to try to do something similar,” says producer Jan Kunt. “We’ve always wanted to make games for consoles as well. Obviously we’re a PC developer and have been for some years, but consoles have a huge market and you don’t have so many problems with piracy. So it’s really interesting. PC is what it is, and I personally think PC players will stay as PC players, but the console has more penetration into mainstream markets. People who wouldn’t play games on PC, they buy an Xbox or PS3 as a medium to play games. So from that point of view it makes sense to go for consoles.”
Back in August, DayZ was announced to become a standalone PC release later this year. The announcement suggested PS3 and Xbox 360 versions were to be developed later on, but no official announcement has been made.