In a post today on the blog for DayZ - the zombie survival game he is working on (perhaps you have heard of it or have confused it with The War Z - it happens a lot) - which was originally built as a mod for the first-person shooter Arma 2, DayZ designer Dean "Rocket" Hall announces that he is taking a "two-month sabbatical" to go climb Mount Everest in Nepal.
Fans are not exactly thrilled at the news because they have been waiting for the stand-alone version of DayZ - which was originally a mod for ARMA 2 - that was supposed to be out last year. Hall assures fans that even as he is making his journey to Mount Everest he will continue working on the game when he can. His target date for DayZ at this point is "by the end of this year."
Here is what he had to say about his two-month break on his blog:
"I realize some people are upset at my departure from the project for two months to climb Mt Everest, but hopefully from this you can see the large team Bohemia have assembled behind the development that are continuing to innovate and develop DayZ Standalone in the direction of the game we all want. This is going to take as long as it needs to, we want to release our initial alpha under the architecture it needs to avoid hacking and security issues - this is the only remaining task stopping us from releasing the alpha. But while this task is being completed, we can continue with other activities."
Still no word on any specific release date for the stand-alone version of DayZ. Stay tuned and stay faithful he'll finish it eventually, I guess...