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Dean Hall to step down as lead developer on DayZ, leaving Bohemia Interactive

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Posted on February 24, 2014 AT 04:38am

Dean Hall has announced that he will step down as lead developer on DayZ and leave Bohemia Interactive by the end of this year.

Hall will remain with the developer for now, but plans to open his own development studio in New Zealand after leaving. “I am a grenade,” he explained to Eurogamer. “I have a specific use. I’m really good at risk-taking and making other people take risks, I’ve always been good at that in my life. Like you say, maybe I’ve got the gift of the gab, so I can talk, I can explain something, I can talk people up to the ledge and get them to jump off it.

“That’s what I did with DayZ; I’ve done it twice now [once with the mod, again with the standalone] – two new code teams have separately done it.

“But eventually, that’s the bad person to have. Eventually, you don’t want the guy telling you to go over the top and get through. So at some point I’ll be a disaster for the project, at least in a leadership role.”

“Originally I wasn’t going to do this year, but it would be stupid not to, and it would be unfair to the community,” he added. “I have to be on the project as long as it’s important to. Whether that role is as the leader, whether that role is in a more creative sense… But at a certain point there will be diminishing returns.”

Hall also stressed that he wouldn’t just up and leave during a crucial development cycle.

“Yes, I can see people being freaked out about it,” he added. ”That’s why it’s better to just address the elephant in the room. It’s also fairer for Bohemia as well, rather than for me to just turn around one day and say ‘see ya’. This isn’t my home.”

Source: Eurogamer

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