A standalone version of breakout ARMA 2 mod DayZ will probably be out before year’s end says creator Dean Hall.

Although there is still a lot of work to be done before the game is retail quality, Hall is confident a standalone version will be out this year; “certainly before Christmas”, he said.

Hall is working on a way to extricate the mod from its source game, and has said he is open to a deal with ARMA developers Bohemia Interactive or another company.

“I want to see it become a standalone game, following the Minecraft model of a low price point, but that will only work if we say that everyone is going to pay,” he said.

“In order for people to not feel ripped off we need to have a load of new content; so, things like base-building, tidying and cleaning up animations and add ragdoll physics as the like.”

Hall has already had investment offers, but they’ve been based on DayZ’s numbers – nearly one million unique players – rather than an understanding of its mechanics, he said.

Bohemia has just released a patch for DayZ which improves server stability. Patch 1.62 also contains some multiplayer optimisations, new video options such as post-process and anti-aliasing, AI improvements, and bug fixes, among other things.