Dean “Rocket” Hall, lead designer of the extremely popular zombie survival game DayZ will be leaving Bohemia Interactive by the end of the year.
Dean explained that he wasn’t going to be around for 2014, but said that “it would be stupid not to, and it would be unfair to the community.” He also stated that he would remain with the project as long as he is required. DayZ itself will continue to be developed, and Hall is committed to leaving the project in good hands. His decision to leave was not spontaneous. Last month, Dean told Edge that, “for me there’ll be a time when my full-on involvement is finished, and I think a lot of the fans will agree with that. “It’s dangerous, because I like to push for a lot of things that could become bad for the project. Development will need to transition through to someone who can maintain that, and can open it up to the community.” It’s unclear how this will effect the game and whether it is the right decision for DayZ or not. In the mean time, we’ll just have to let the events unfold.