(Update) After nearly four years of Early Access, DayZ is entering beta


Shambling along

[Update: DayZ developer Bohemia Interactive has reached out to us to say that while the beta is two updates away, it's "still months away from that important milestone."]

DayZ is a game that was first available to purchase in December 2013. It has found a committed community of players over that time, but DayZ has always been far from a finished product. Actually, it's technically still in alpha.

Now, some three-and-a-half years after that initial Early Access release, DayZ developer Bohemia Interactive is gearing up to move into beta. In its latest status report, Bohemia says that it has a small group working on the impending version .62 update and that most of the studio is focused on .63 which will be the beta update. I encourage anyone who's interested in the minutia of DayZ development to read the status report.

This advancement is notable not only because it has been 41 months since DayZ first entered the market, but because there have been many reports over the years of eventual beta and final releases. Things have obviously gone slower than predicted. A lot of that is probably due to the fact that Bohemia is in the position of creating a game while simultaneously supporting that game.

Even though the most recent status report heavily outlines the beta, there still doesn't seem to be a targeted time frame for the update. But, it's coming and it's basically next. Other plans like an eventual full release and console versions are still on-track. Just, you know, don't pin your hopes on them getting here anytime soon. DayZ's zombie outbreak is a slow-moving one.

Status Report - 02 May 2017 [DayZ]

You are logged out. Login | Sign up


Brett Makedonski
Brett MakedonskiManaging Editor   gamer profile

While you laughing, we're passing, passing away. So y'all go rest y'all souls, 'Cause I know I'ma meet you up at the crossroads. Y'all know y'all forever got love from them Bone Thugs baby... ... more + disclosures



Also on Destructoid: DayZ   (26)   From our database:

  • Australia's DayZ ban has been lifted following new classification - Chris Moyse
  • In this episode of Pregame Discharge: DayZ was banned down under for being too dank! - Dan Roemer
  • DayZ in a sticky situation thanks to the sticky icky - Brett Makedonski
  • We've come full circle as DayZ gets an official battle royale mode - Brett Makedonski
  • DayZ is coming to PS4 next week - Chris Moyse
  • Celebrate DayZ's long coming launch with a free weekend - Peter Glagowski
  • DayZ finally enters beta after a five-year alpha - Brett Makedonski
  • DayZ will be coming to Xbox Game Preview 'this year' - Chris Moyse
  • DayZ is rising from the dead and will leave early access next year - Peter Glagowski
  • More related stories
    Filed under... #Beta #Bohemia Interactive #DayZ #PC



    You're not expected to always agree, but do please keep cool and never make it personal. Report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community team. Also, on the right side of a comment you can flag nasty comments anonymously (we ban users dishing bad karma). For everything else, contact us!