Bohemia Interactive Targets DayZ Bounty Mod
DayZ Bounty Mod, requiring users pay to play its modified DayZ build, is coming under Bohemia Interactive’s scrutiny.
By now the majority of the internet has taken notices of DayZ, the zombie modification built for ArmA 2: Combined Operations, and its hardcore take on survival in the zombie apocalypse. In this survival world, everyone and everything can and will try to kill you, including other players who would rather take all your stuff then attempt to work together. This is where DayZ Bounty Mod comes in allowing you to earn real money from killing zombies, players and holding the rank of Outlaw while requiring that you pay $5 up front. Needless to say, Bohemia Interactive, and the DayZ Mod team are not happy about this development.
“The DayZ development team and Bohemia Interactive is not involved or has had any contact with with DayZ Bounty and it’s creators,” Bohemia Interactive said to VG247.
“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. As commercially exploiting their small additions to DayZ undermines the work done by the original team.”
The price of admission will get you 20 lives to start with, and once those lives are exhausted you will be required to pay another $5 to purchase 20 more, though alternatively the DayZ Bounty Mod team is thinking of adding in a subscription based system. Bohemia Interactive wants to see this practice stopped, citing the mods gambling nature as a major problem.
“We believe that the elements of gambling that DayZ Bounty introduces challenges the basic game design aspects that DayZ is built upon. 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.”
Just a week beforehand creative lead of bounty mod, Jake Stewart, completed a brief interview with PCGamer which follows.
“We’re not trying to make money. It’s hard to explain that.
“I consider it like playing skins in golf,” Stewart went on to say. “Almost like a VFW [Veterans of Foreign Wars] or a Rotary club, where everyone has a say. Everyone has input. Everybody understands where everybody’s at and where all the money is going. We can vote on things. The community can take a vote on it and we go from there. That’s kind of what we’re getting at-having a huge involvement with everybody. If you pay your five dollars, you’re part of what we’re doing.”