DayZ developer, Bohemia Interactive, has issued a statement regarding the recent COVID-19 outbreak and how they are taking necessary precautions.
The studio, based in Prague, now has most of its employees working from home in order to reduce transmissions of the virus.
Bohemia Interactive assures its players that DayZ, as well as ARMA 3, Vigor, and other games they operate will continue to run as per normal. They also encourage their player communities to come together and support each other as many countries prepare for lock down.
Here is the official statement in full:
Just like all of you, we’ve been carefully following the news and developments regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. Since the health and well-being of our people and their families is always a top priority, we’ve made sure to follow the official guidelines, which aim to contain or slow the spread of the virus.
Practically speaking, it means that most of our employees have now switched to working from home. Although this will probably take some getting used to, we’re confident that all development and operations can continue without major interruptions. A special thanks goes out to our colleagues in the IT, HR, and Operations departments for making a smooth transition possible. Of course, all Bohemia games remain available to play as usual, and we’ll make sure to inform you of any potential server maintenance in the same way as before.
During these trying times, we’d also like to call upon all of you, the members of our community, to look after one another. Just relatively simple things like touching base via channels such as Discord and TeamSpeak, and inviting people to join your game or group, can already go a long way. Over the past 20 years, we’ve seen the Bohemia community excel when it comes to comradery, challenge, and creativity – both in and outside our games. Armed with that knowledge, it’s clear that, together, we’ll be able to deal with an unprecedented situation such as this.
We wish you all well. And remember: wash your hands frequently, maintain your social distance as much as possible, and, above all, take care of yourself and others.
See you online and in-game!
The developer recently confirmed that DayZ will be supported throughout 2020 though updates will be spaced further apart. Base building will be a future focus, as will environmental exposure, and general quality of life improvements for the game.
Last year, DayZ received its first ever premium expansion. Livonia launched in December 2019 and is DayZ’s first big premium expansion since the game launched. It adds an entire new map for players to explore and is priced at £11.49.