Bohemia Interactive, the developers behind ARMA 2, will be funding Dean Hall's sensationally popular DayZ mod as a standalone game.
After just passing the million-player mark, DayZ creator Dean Hall describes the announcement as a "fairytale outcome," and confirms that he's been made project lead. Bohemia Interactive will be aiming for a Minecraft-style release, delivering incremental updates based on player feedback.
"That's right, this is actually happening," Hall wrote on the DayZ blog. "This is the fairy-tale outcome for a mod that many would have said impossible four months ago."
"Development and updates of the mod will continue in parallel with the development of the game, so anyone who is playing the mod now will be able to continue to do so. The project will follow the Minecraft development model; fast iterations with the community alpha available for a heavily discounted price."
"I realise people will have many, many questions - but we wanted to let everyone know the announcement now. Over the coming weeks, these questions will be answered."
Specifically, these questions will be answered on the official DayZ site, which will be going live very soon.