DayZ lead designer Dean Hall will step away from Bohemia to launch his own studio in New Zealand

Matt Hadden (Twitter, Google+)
24th Feb 2014, 1:26pm

I'm sure everyone knows of Dean Hall by now - he created that DayZ mod and game that everyone has been raving about for the past two years.

He has recently spoken to EuroGamer about wanting to step down at Bohemia and create his own studio in New Zealand.

Dean reckons that the number of risks he takes will eventually be a "disaster" for the project.

I'm really good at risk-taking and making other people take risks, I've always been good at that in my life. Like you say, maybe I've got the gift of the gab, so I can talk, I can explain something, I can talk people up to the ledge and get them to jump off it.

Eventually, that's the bad person to have. Eventually, you don't want the guy telling you to go over the top and get through. So at some point I'll be a disaster for the project, at least in a leadership role.

Hall said that he won't be moving away from the project entirely, and that he'll "always be involved." His original goal was to leave the project before 2014 came around but he decided that "it would be stupid not to, and it would be unfair to the community."

He also said that Dayz is a "fundamentally flawed" concept - and isn't exactly what he's looking for in a multiplayer experience.

It's not the perfect game, it's not the multiplayer experience, and it never can be, [with] the absolute spark that I want in it.

Hall is looking to leave Bohemia and DayZ behind at the end of the year.

It's going to be interesting to see what exactly Dean gets up to in his new studios - will he continue the same type of game or go for something completely different?

Thanks, PC Gamer

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