This is the full video of Rocket’s presentation at Rezzed 2012. At this point there was 420,000 people that has played DayZ and over 22,000 peak concurrent users. Rocket starts off talking a bit about himself including his military experience and as a designer with Sidhe Interactive, he says he got sick of making crappy console games. He goes on to describe more about the game and the history of how he has been developing it. The challenges with such rapid growth include security and server issues, transitioning from “mod” to “game” and keeping his vision with regards to what he wants to finally achieve.
There are a lot of good screenshots (mock-ups really) in this presentation. One of my favorites shows a “noob” that looks like a young guy, he’s clean shaven and his clothes are new. Next to that we see the “veteran”. The vet is grizzled and older with a beard, longer hair, and dirty ripped up clothing. The clothing is definitely civilian, no military gear on those guys. Rocket wants to see a players face change if he becomes a bandit includinng maybe scars or a scowling face.
Video on next page.