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E3 2015: Dean Hall announces space-based ION, an MMO of humanity colonising the stars

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DayZ creator Dean Hall has unveiled his next project over at Improbable and it's called ION. It's another game based on huge player numbers, except this time it's going MMO in space to colonise the furthest reaches.

We'll build and live in space bases of our own design, and likely plot many a raid and murder-most-foul. ION will support "fully simulated environments" like power grids, air pressure and heat.

DayZ's player count wanes, rivals take advantage of 'slow development'

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Zombie. Survival. These two words had become quite synonymous with Arma II mod DayZ, but today that once thriving horde of players has begun to dwindle since its Early Access launch. What's gone wrong?

Slow development and lack of overall engaging content is being blamed for the player base shrinking, with today less than 9,000 concurrent players compared to around 30,000 just three months back.

Military sim Arma 3 begins free weekend on Steam, part of publisher sale

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Now's a good time to check in on Bohemia Interactive's latest military simulator Arma 3 if it's been on your 'to do' list but you haven't gotten round to it. It's enjoying a free weekend on Steam, with it discounted by 50%.

In fact there's a host of savings on Bohemia's titles from the standalone DayZ to the Red Planet visiting Take On Mars. Sorry but only Arma 3 is free to try out this weekend. Who can resist the allure of the 'Play Game' button?

DayZ reveal work on "zombie templates" for more variety, includes body shapes

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Chris Torchia from DayZ's development team over at Bohemia Interactive has given us a glimpse of the "zombie template" system being worked on, which will dramatically increase the wardrobe of the shuffling undead.

Not only will they dress differently, but they come in different body shapes too. All this will have minimal impact on DayZ's performance should anyone come across a large gathering.

Day Z reaches 3,000,000 in Early Access sales

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Open world zombie survival sim Day Z has racked up an impressive 3 million sales since it launched on Steam Early Access in December 2013.

The standalone version of the popular Arma 2 mod is expected to release in full in early 2016, and the developers have already unveiled a list of features on the way this year.

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