The PC hit DayZ has launched on XBox One, courtesy of developer Bohemia Interactive. The post-Soviet country of Chernarus has turned apocalyptic, due to the spread of a vicious virus that’s zombified its citizens. Your gameplay tasks amount to just one goal: “LIVE.”

Bohemia’s press release insists “This is not Battle Royale. This is DayZ.”  It’s a little hard to argue against the Battle Royale definition, given it’s a game where dozens of people are placed onto a map where only one can survive. But DayZ actually predates the current BR craze by several years. It first entered Steam Early Access in December of 2013, and quietly built up a following from there.

The emphasis in DayZ is on surviving the environment, not just each other. It is much harsher than the whimsical islands of Fortnite or even the militaristic environments of Apex Legends — you have zombies, wild animals and bad weather to deal with in your quest to stay alive. In the end, only one in 60 will make it.

  • Detailed, authentic backdrop of Chernarus, an open world terrain featuring 230 square kilometers of hand-crafted environment based on real life locations.
  • Real emotional experience driven by the emergent interactions of 60 players on the server, all fighting for survival by any means necessary.
  • Environmental dangers including the infected, dynamic weather, and animal predators
  • Wide variety of complex survival mechanics – from hunting and crafting, through sophisticated injury simulation, to transferable diseases.
  • Persistent servers with complex loot economy, and the ability to build improvised bases.
  • Visceral, authentic gun play and melee combat systems.
  • Smooth and reactive character controller utilizing a detailed animation system.
  • Rewarding and authentic experience of driving vehicles for travel and material transport.

Don’t have an XBox, but still want to play DayZ on console? A Playstation 4 version will be out later this year.

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