Build barricades and grow your own crops in latest DayZ update

Matt Hadden (Twitter, Google+)
5th Nov 2014, 5:50pm

The latest version of DayZ has arrived with a wealth of new mechanics being added as the game moves onto stable branch 0.50.125369.

Noticeable changes and improvements are the ability to build barricades (locking doors, persistent) and growing your own crops in greenhouses.

There are also new towns, villages and locations being added as well as a load of new items.

New Items:

  • Balaclavas (Color variants)
  • MP133
  • Sledge hammer
  • Brass Knuckles (Color variants)
  • SPOSN backpack
  • Derringer (Color variants)
  • Improvised Fish Trap
  • Waterproof bag (Color variants)
  • Leather sewing kit
  • Tomato seeds
  • Gardening lime
  • Lockpicks
  • Rossi R92
  • Rabbit snare
  • Rangefinder
  • Heat pack
  • Metal wire
  • Medical thermometer
  • AK 74 (Color variants)
  • AKS 74U (Color variants)
  • Welding Mask
  • Firefigher Uniform (Color variants)
  • Firefighter Helmet (Color variants)
  • Firefighter Pants (Color variants)
  • Skater Helmet (Color variants)

New Mechanics:

  • You can search for feathers in chicken coops
  • Water and energy consumption tweaked
  • Player can be put to unconscious while restrained and can be restrained while he is unconscious
  • Two handed item throwing
  • Loot table changes
  • Barricading (First iteration, you are able to lock doors, state being persistent)
  • Horticulture (You are able to use greenhouses when you aquire seeds and fertilizer to grow plants)
  • Soaking of items in backpacks
  • Waterproof items
  • Wring items
  • Player temperature
  • Shoe degradation and comfort
  • Duct tape repair and crafting
  • Improved weather system
  • Drowning
  • You can stitch wounds now
  • Riders jacket, military shoes, combat shoes, leather shoes, working boots can be patched using leather sewing kit
  • New animals (Hen, Goat)
  • Server time affects temperature

New Animations:

  • New holding animations
  • New unarmed sprinting animations
  • New grenade unpinning
  • Wring animation added to wring clothes
  • New handgun animations
  • New restrain animations
  • New sitting pose for pistols, two handed and unarmed
  • New bow reload animation
  • Prone move with pistol polished

Towns and Villages:

  • New village "Belaya Polana"
  • New town "Novaya Petrovka" + surroundings
  • New village "Topolniki"
  • New village "Svergino"
  • New village "Berezhki"


  • New Kamensk mine
  • New Military Base near Severohrad
  • New Svergino castle
  • New "Pobeda dam"
  • Krasnostav Airfield now has a new Hangar and Office


  • Food and News Stands has been added
  • Bug fixing
  • Map optimization
  • Barrels was removed from map


  • Fixed Shadows
  • Eject Buckshots option for shotguns
  • Fixed Shadow Issues
  • Fixed Client Crashes
  • Fixed Server Crashes
  • Antihacking measures
  • Visor for gorka helmet now shows bandanas/balaclavas
  • Fireplace works at high altitude
  • Fish trap works with bait as well
  • Leaving unconsciousness while having burlap sack will keep screen dark
  • Smersh vest without backpack appearance fixed
  • You can no longer place hacksaw and sickle on shoulder
  • Telescopic baton damage texture
  • Telescopic baton won't reset its damage after open/close action
  • Breaking from restraints is now done through repeated alternated pressing of A and D keys
  • Animation and cancel action added to road flare ignition
  • Animation and cancel action added to chem-light ignition
  • Feathers combining and splitting added
  • You can add kindling and sharp sticks to fireplace
  • Performing other environment actions while on ladder or swimming removed
  • Breaking from restraints fixes
  • Attachment slot removed from skate and firefighter helmet
  • Message spamming reduced
  • Temperature is now affected by movement
  • Safer heat comfort calculation
  • Skinned animal now hides correctly when the process is completed
  • The process of skinning can be cancelled at any time
  • Status message for drowning
  • Shoe damage/wear reduced
  • Rangerfinder measures distance properly
  • And a lot more!

Known Issues:

  • Items do not update their state properly (durability/wet). Moving them, or relogging will refresh.
  • Server crash
  • Performance deteroriation

So like I said, a pretty massive changelog for the new update. Interesting to see that they are starting work on barricading with door locks though, wasn't expecting to see that.

There is also word out that they have finished re-writing vehicle handling, physics etc. from scratch and have a working vehicle. They are looking to push this out to the public as soon as they can.

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