"I Gave Serious Thought To Cutting My Losses"
DayZ creator and developer Dean Hall has spoken out on the continuing controversy surrounding competing zombie MMO The War Z, which has been removed from Steam after claims of fraud and false advertising. Apparently the continuing debacle has compounded the stress of his massive DayZ workload, causing his blood pressure to rise and even made him consider leaving the industry altogether.
"I know I have been very quiet lately," Hall wrote on the DayZ Reddit. "So this will be really all I'll say for the moment."
"I've been pretty depressed about the whole situation. From a personal standpoint, this whole "saga" of the development made me seriously question if I wanted to be involved in the industry and I gave serious thought to cutting my losses and not being involved in the project."
"At my Army Discharge medical this week, they noted I now have high blood pressure. Some things in life just aren't worth worrying about."
Hall is still working on DayZ and DayZ Standalone with Bohemia Interactive, and will issue new announcements once The War Z situation has been resolved.
"I've been getting hammered by a massive amount with requests for information about DayZ release, interviews and my reactions to this and stuff and such - but for my own sanity I retreated and have kept to myself. Right now I'm just at home doing bits and pieces on the DayZ development. The rest of the DayZ team is doing the same."
"I realize that I went back on my word about releasing an update, but went back into my shell for a bit last week, and I'll come out when the dust is all settled."
The War Z is currently unavailable to buy on Steam, while Valve have offered refunds to customers who feel betrayed by the cynically-worded product description. Hammerpoint Interactive have also been accused of banning forum users who complained about The War Z, leading to a massive outcry against what appears to be a cash-in of the worst kind.
I'm sure I speak for all of us when I say that Hall's health needs to be his first priority, and we wish him the best going into 2013.