Dean Hall, affectionately known as Rocket, has announced that he plans to leave Bohemia Interactive, who is developing the full scale retail release of the hugely successful ARMA2 mod.
He explains the move: “I am a grenade. 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.” Hall also said that he may not even be the right guy to be charge of something as big as the game. “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.”
He also said that he only intended to work on the game for a fraction of the time that he’s actually given it, as a break from the New Zealand army, rather than the two years that it has become. He also originally intended to leave the company before 2014, but didn’t because it would’ve been unfair to the community. Hall has said that he will stay on through the end of the year, if required, while the rest of the studio continues to polish the product.
Hall plans to open a new studio and says that he already has a few ideas with “similar DNA” to DayZ with but with a few tweeks. “I feel like DayZ is a fundamentally flawed concept and I’ve always recognized that.” he said, continuing, “It’s not a perfect game; it’s not the multiplayer experience, and it never can be, [with] the absolute spark that I want in it.”