Its been a busy week over here in the DayZ development offices. With work pushing forward on 0.53 the team is focused on the last few remaining major issues before the push. As we go into test/fix/regression with 0.53, there are several things every Early Access user should be aware of.
Brian Hicks / Lead Producer:
- We will be analyzing builds daily for a 0.53 stable branch candidate
- Once we have a build, Stable branch servers will be brought offline for the update
- The 0.53 update will include a public hive reset.
- This will not affect private shards
The 0.53 update has a good amount of security fixes, as well as content additions, support for adminlogs, and should roll out with the new BattlEye protection. Over the next few days you will see us roll out incremental updates to experimental branch as we iterate towards a good 0.53 candidate.
For those who operate servers, remember – adminlogs will be accessible on both public, and private shard servers and contain the following info:
- Connections/Disconnections (With in-game name and Steam 64 ID)
- Player X (w/Steam 64 ID) killed Player Y (w/Steam 64 ID)
- Player X (w/Steam 64 ID) damaged Player Y (w/Steam 64 ID)
- Direct Chat (Text)
In addition to the changes and updates above – 0.53 will include, but is not limited to:
- Upgrading of fireplaces all the way to the furnace
- Proper consumption of fuel for fireplaces
- Crafted leather clothing
- Anti-duplication fixes
- Anti-cheating fixes
- A new island featuring the new prison complex
- Changes to Skalisty Island
- Vehicle Persistence
- And so much more
PAX South was at the end of the week, and DayZ had a strong presence at the show. Integrating with prolific DayZ Storytellers from both Youtube and Twitch, we partnered with Astro Gaming for developer/content creator meet and greets, as well as with Twitch to discuss 0.53, Security and Anti Cheat measures, Steam Workshop, and more.
As DayZ hits 3,000,000 units sold we look forward to all the possibility that 2015 holds for DayZ. With the project slowly able to reap the rewards of hard work put in by the engine and gameplay programmers over the months prior. I for one cannot wait to begin to roll these changes out to stable branch.
Again, keep an eye on Experimental Branch daily as we iterate towards the 0.53 release. As always I encourage you to head over to the Developer Discussion subforums at the official DayZ forums. Department Leads are always available there to discuss the ongoing development of DayZ with you.
I’m convinced the PAX Pox caused the Chernarusian Outbreak.
Peter / Lead Game Designer:
“You folks are amazing, DayZ would mean nothing without you – the diverse group of all types of different players who create such amazing stories that bring almost infinite unique experiences which could never be written in a traditional narrative form. DayZ just hit 3,000,000 sales and your continued interest in being involved in the development process of this game is clear signal and thus commitment for us to bring you the best possible platform to lay down your stories – and this is what we are doing on the daily basis with love and passion.
As we are developing an online multiplayer game it of course means there is and will be a influx of some new content in major updates. We are also working hard on fleshing out new and expanding current features which enriches how the game is played, defining possible interactions and overall experience – and I must say this is my most favorite part.
I would like to mention some new items which are ready and will be introduced in one of the upcoming updates. Melee weapons batch consist from mix of different items like bayonet for AK, broom, mace, paddle, hay hook, steak knife, lead pipe and hatchet. We didn’t omit firearms too and you can await FN Trombone which can be disassembled into the parts to save your inventory space which makes it a perfect firearm for those who wants to carry second rifle directly in theirs inventory and then there is a flare gun which was waiting for some time to be configured as we didn’t have possibility to attach the new light source to the projectiles till now which means that now you are free to lighten up surrounding environment or use it as a signal for others.
We also prepared prototype for the bear trap which is in fact far from desired implementation as there is currently not proper trigger available for us to use it with it and as zombie/animal AI is still in development only players will be caught by it for now – but hey you can hunt animals even without bear trap which can be skinned to get pelts already and now we added process to produce pieces of tanned leather (although a bit simplified for now as a placeholder). You probably can guess that tanned leather have some usability which is the sewing the set of leather clothes included shoes, pants, jacket, vest, hat and bag. In the future preparing the tanned leather and dying leather clothes will be connected to barrels which are currently being prepared by art team. As counterbalance to the recent addition of crafted clothes we have added also brand new quilted jacked and in the future is very possible that down jacket will be pulled down from loot tables as it have plenty of clipping issues due to its mass and will be replaced with quilted jacket. To please those of you who fell in love with cultivating plants we added new plant which yields one of your most loved vegetable – zucchini.
We are also busy with adding new spawn points to the mighty prison castle which was recently finished and sure it will become new attraction for survivors in no time. Also I would like to remind you about withdrawal of our very special Xmas tree and presents which were here just for holidays. But don’t worry you will be able to find that cute teddy bear elsewhere.
We have finished first phase of cooking refactoring in general and things related to it like fireplaces and crafting recipes. The foundation is here now and it will be expanded and polished to desired result in short period of time. You are now able to make also upgraded fireplaces with stones, use tripod to hold pot or turn your fireplace to a stove which let you to cook your food without excess amount of light and smoke produced by normal fireplace. You will be able to put every item directly into fireplace or pot to heat it up so it may be used as an alternative to the heat packs. Eventually you can ruin items if they will be in the fire for some time which can be different for all items. Imagine throwing in some bullets or spray can when you noticed some unwanted visitors that are coming in direction to your fireplace to distract them or endanger them while they are searching thru your camp for possible loot.
Movement restriction of characters by restraining them was expanded to other generic items apart from handcuffs like wire, rope, duct tape and guts. Duration of struggling to break free differ from item to item and they have equivalent to handcuffs keys also like knives or pliers. Last but not least we implemented liquids which are independent now and are not based on specific container types which means you can pour gasoline into the PET bottle or store some fresh and clean water in the jerry can. This feature also brings such actions as emptying canisters for the purpose of filling it with different liquid as we didn’t went down the road of mixing different liquids which can easily turn to the overkill. I’m sure independent liquids which are not tied to specific container will bring unexpected and interesting situations.
Well I almost forgot to mention new group identification which is naturally optional and can be used to form clans, teams or just to stand out from the masses – armbands. They are created thru crafting and comes in few different easily recognizable colors and they are fully visible directly on arm. I’m glad we are pushing customization of characters further down the road and I can assure you that we are not stopping here.
Thank you for your marvellous support so far… see you in Chernarus folks!”
Standup Notes for the week of 19 Jan 15
(Note: Standup notes are not a change log – they are a quick high level look at tasks the teams worked on throughout this week)
- Manual Transmission
- Advanced crafting
- Controls and interactions
- Liquids independent of specific container types
- New scripting language
- Support for armbands
- Inventory refactorization
- Security vulnerability hotfixes
- Vehicle persistency
- Per building loot distribution w/ centralized economy
- New Infected/Animal AI
- New player controller prototype
- Support for manual vehicle transmission
- Crash fixes
- New vehicle features
- Research on flexible item type inventory support
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