DayZ creator Dean Hall apparently fended off propositions from "many, many publishers" to take on his sensationally popular ArmA II mod, which will eventually be releasing as a premium standalone edition. However, Hall believes that there's nothing to be gained from making players pay for the original mod, questioning whether publishers would "benefit" development in any way.
"Many, many publishers have contacted me about Day Z,” Hall told MCV, “But I always ended up repeating the same question: what benefit are you providing development?”
“What value is actually being added to the process by publishers when you can distribute for free?
The DayZ mod will continue to be offered for free if you own ArmA II: Combined Ops, though naturally the Bohemia Interactive-backed standalone version will carry a price tag. Hall previously confirmed that the standalone edition would follow a Minecraft-style release format, launched as a beta with frequent updates based on user feedback.