Dean "Rocket" Hall, creator of the Arma II DayZ mod has released a new devblog for the upcoming standalone version of the game. It shows some new gameplay footage from a multiplayer playtest, and gives a summary of why Alpha isn't ready for release yet.
- There's a lot of focus on improving the "multiplayer network bubble", basically localising server updates to improve performance and resilience against hacking.
- Updating the infection and injury system, including new wounded / limping animations.
- Working a lot on customisation; trying to finalise the M4 and mods (flashlight, sights, mag extension, silencer, etc) and then using that as a template for the rest.
- Bleeding and injury stuff, so you bleed from where you've been shot.
- Database improvements for security and player load.
- Stability is still the biggest hurdle for alpha release, and still a way to go, "nothing there to play, nothing there to enjoy."
- Doing a lot of work on the north, including lots of new forests, cities, a railway network. Something new to explore, as well as incentivising some rarely visited areas of Cherno.
- Adding more small weapon / medical depots to decentralise gameplay a bit and avoid funnelling players into Cherno / Elektro.
- Unlikely to see map updates once alpha is released because it's very jarring and requires moving players / camps around, etc.