DayZ Bounty, a service which was to pay out real money for DayZ kills, appears likely to be shut down by Bohemia Interactive.
Bohemia does not support “commercially exploiting” DayZ mods, said production assistant Matthew Lightfoot.
“The DayZ development team and Bohemia Interactive is not involved or has had any contact with with DayZ Bounty and its creators,” he said.
“While we fully support modifications created by the community, to improve the gaming experience for players of DayZ and ArmA II, we do not support their creators putting a cost on them.”
DayZ Bounty, currently in alpha testing, introduces a gambling element to the ArmA II mod, allowing players to buy a fixed number of lives and then be paid for kills.
Under current DayZ Bounty rules, Zombies are worth US$0.001, survivors are worth US$0.05 each, bandits are worth US$0.25, and killing the player who has the most kills takes all their money.
Dying costs the player US$0.50 or 10% of their earnings – whichever is greater – provided they have been alive for at least 90 seconds.
The service runs on a modified version of Chernarus, intended to rebalance the game for more competitive play.
Bounty project lead Andrew Defee says that the map changes are intended “push people a bit more towards PvP instead of zombie farming.
“While we’ve upped the amount of loot, we’ve dropped the spawn chances of various high-level weapons.”
Kills would be verified via an additional mod that runs on top of DayZ.
“We’re not trying to make money. It’s hard to explain that,” said Bounty creative development lead Jake Stewart.
“I consider it like playing skins in golf.”
Despite this, it is unlikely the mod will be around for much longer.
“We believe that the elements of gambling that DayZ Bounty introduces challenges the basic game design aspects that DayZ is built upon," said Lightfoot.
"It changes the focus of DayZ from being a creative, enjoyable, gritty gaming experience to a game that is based almost solely on financial gain and that is not something we want to be associated with.”
“We will be contacting the owners of the DayZ Bounty website directly over the coming days, to ask that they cease their activities in their current form.”