Open-world survival horror game DayZ will be coming to the PlayStation 4 as well as PC, but might not grace the Xbox One.
“We’re happy to see DayZ on any console but there is a… I guess one problem,” Creator Dean Hall told Edge Online. “The console needs to not charge for us to do updates and it needs to be indie title friendly.”
The cost to update games on consoles has been notoriously expensive—especially on Xbox consoles. According to Hall, Sony is no longer charging for these updates, while Microsoft is.
“As far as I’m aware, Microsoft is, Sony’s not,” Hall said. “And Sony allows you to self-publish. But who knows? Maybe Microsoft will change. From our perspective, we need self-publishing because DayZ would be a great digital download title.”
And because Hall considers DayZ as something that will require continual updates, it simply isn’t a smart business move for them to release the title on Xbox One if they’re going to be slammed with excessive update charges.
“It’s gonna take a long time for us to be able to iron this out and we don’t wanna have to be paying ten, twenty thousand dollars—whatever it is—every time we wanna do an update,” he said.