An Arma mod inspired by DayZ has some awesome ideas but its name is "somewhat unfortunate", according to Dean “Rocket” Hall.
Zombie survival mod DayZ Origins distinguishes itself with a remote island called Survival City where rich survivors have built a safe haven, as well as a “patient zero” mutated super zombie which might have the cure for the zombie infection.
Origins was created by non-profit GamersPlatoon, which thanks Hall on its site and claims to be “really impatiently waiting for DayZ Standalone".
Although the mod’s name was “somewhat unfortunate”, Hall said there were “some awesome, awesome ideas in the Origins mod, as well as in other mods like 2017".
"The most personally satisfying part of making DayZ has been seeing the cottage industry crop up around it, and watching all this user created content pop up," he told Eurogamer.
"It would seem a shame to destroy that kind of creativity by me getting upset about the name. So my thoughts for the moment are really, 'Wow, that's cool,' and then, 'Aww shucks, there go my DayZ: Origins plans!'"
Arma developer Bohemia Interactive owns the DayZ trademark, said Hall, and he didn’t get involved in the legal side of things.
“From my personal perspective I had some plans that involved the use of DayZ Origins as a name,” he said.
"And now, if I were to do what I was planning, then it would forever get confused with that [the DayZ Origins in this story]."
That was "a bit of a shame", said Hall, and the "general DayZ confusion factor is a bit problematic".
"But you can't encourage creativity on one hand and beat it with a stick with another."
DayZ itself is currently in closed testing, with Hall recently issuing a tech-minded update on the game’s official blog.
“We don’t know [when it's coming out]. We’re going to take our time,” he wote.
“I feel fantastic about the situation, more than ever I feel like we’re doing something really interesting with this development. Now is not the time to rush things, but we do need to ensure our pace is kept up.”