Bohemia Interactive shut down the public servers for DayZ across all formats a few hours ago without giving a reason, but as they ended the Tweet with a wink it appears to be a planned shut down to ready the game for the new map, Livonia.
The DayZ forum has a post confirming the release of the map which is available on all formats for 13.99 USD / 13.99 EUR. Before you jump in to the new map you will need to download a new update, 1.06, which brings bears!
Although they have not confirmed the servers are back online the DayZ Twitter account has tweeted that Livonia is available so I would assume they are.
Here is the changelog.
- The Bears, new kings of the forest, have started to roam Chernarus and Livonia.
- Fishing is the new way to relax, catch junk, and occasionally some fish.
- The Vaiga, Blaze, Kolt 1911, and BK-43 are now available to diversify your arsenal.
- If you want a green Ada or a black Gunter 2, it’s in store.
- Xbox and PS4 players can now use their mouse and keyboard on the servers identified as supporting them (the gamepad is always available on all servers).
The Game Update 1.06 won’t require any character nor storage (map items) wipes, your gear will remain. On official servers, you will be able to join Chernarus and Livonia servers with the same character.
There are no pre-requirements to host your own Livonia server, any server can run this terrain as well as Chernarus; Joining a Livonia server requires to own the Livonia DLC.
To complete the blacklist feature, server owners now can run their servers with a whitelist; when a player is added to the whitelist, he gains the ability to join the server, whereas he loses it and gets kicked when removed from the list.
The official documentation will be updated later this week.
Here is more on Livonia.
The 163 km2 terrain is set in the southern Topolin-Nadbór region of Livonia and comprises lush green landscapes, dense forests, overgrown fields, winding rivers, serene lakes, murky swamps, an array of dilapidated structures, and various remnants of an abandoned society. Its varied landscapes and numerous landmarks also provide an abundance of places for players to take shelter, build a base, and hide from both the infected and other survivors.
Even veterans of Chernarus will have to bring their A-game if they don’t want to succumb to the harsh environment of Livonia. Although idyllic, supplies are scarce in this new land, and players will have to learn to forage, fish, and hunt to keep from starving. Luckily, Livonia is home to a plethora of wildlife for survivors to live off. But beware, a new threat roams the southern region, and it comes in the form of the Eurasian Brown Bear. Survivors best watch out!
But sustenance – and death-by-mauling – won’t be the only environmental challenges to overcome. The temperate late-summer climate of Livonia, although usually quite pleasant, brings frequent heavy rainfall and severe thunderstorms. This unpredictable and relentless weather will pose a great threat to your livelihood, so make sure to keep a keen eye open for protective gear and shelter to shield yourself from the unforgiving elements.