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  1. Stress Test #28 is now starting, running version 0.63.147368. We are testing further fixes for stability and kicking issues. Please keep reporting all kicks and crashes to our Feedback Tracker. If you don't know how to report, here's how:
  2. Announcements

    Please read the information on this page fully and with extra care. Don't skip parts, everything here is important! → Play DayZ Survivors, the DayZ Dev Team needs your help! In order to proceed to a 0.63 Experimental release, our programmers need to stress-test the game = evaluate and debug the server performance of our current 0.63 builds. This can only be done in an environment where we have lots of players connecting to 0.63 servers. That's why we've decided to open these Stress Tests to the public and let everyone play 0.63 even BEFORE we can call it an Experimental build. It's going to be a "stress test" for the Dev Team as well, as the game is not yet fully ready to be played normally. However, stress-testing is an important step to ensure stability of DayZ when we reach Experimental. We will usually have about 50 servers running a 0.63 build utilizing a new Stress Test Branch on Steam. However, the number of available servers can be intentionally decreased if we decide to test some specific features (e.g. login queue behavior under heavy load). Servers will only be online when the Dev Team needs to run a specific test scenario. That means you will only be able to play for shorter periods of time (usually about 2 hours) and on an irregular schedule. Since we need to evaluate the tests live, they will usually run during the business hours of Central European Time. What version of DayZ is running on Stress Tests? It is a completely new branch of DayZ on Steam, where we will be running one of our internal 0.63 builds. This is not an Experimental release, and certainly NOT a DayZ BETA release! Why is this not considered an Experimental release? this build does not represent a typical DayZ gameplay experience, and is in general less polished and stable compared to our goals for the 0.63 Experimental some features and content can be switched on / off in Stress Tests, based on the specific part of the game we need to test at the moment we may spawn players with some items already in their inventory to speed up the Stress Tests. The same is true for spawn points, as those can be different for each Stress Test, and do not represent a typical DayZ experience that we aim for Is this the DayZ BETA? NO! What are you, the Dev Team, expecting from these Stress Tests? We mainly want to test server performance and see the number of players our servers can handle. Unfortunately, we are not able to do such large scale tests internally. We will be auto-collecting logs and server crashes for further analysis, as well as profiling the server performance. How can we, the players, help the Dev Team? We would love to kindly ask you to report all issues (except those listed below) that you encounter and provide us with data from potential client crashes. How to report it? We need you to send everything to our Feedback Tracker so that our lovely Dev Team can figure out what's going on. If you don't know how to make a Feedback Tracker ticket, this thread can help you. In case your game crashes, we will require more information from you - please make a Feedback Tracker ticket and add files from the folder C:\Users\PCName\AppData\Local\DayZ to your ticket. Your feedback is important to us, and you can help us release 0.63 Experimental faster! What is the schedule for running the Stress Tests? There is not a fixed day or a specific time of the day when we will run the Stress Tests, but it will usually happen during, or after CET business hours. Stress Tests will run only when they are needed for specific development purposes. We will do our best to provide at least a 2 hour notice before the next Stress Test begins. Please follow our Twitter Channel and make sure to participate on our forums as well to stay up to date. I am a content creator. Am I allowed to stream the Stress Tests and record the gameplay? Is there a server for content creators? We do not prevent anyone from streaming/recording the game, but we advise all content creators to wait for a more stable version of the game. It's also not ideal to stream the Stress Tests because of their ad-hoc nature, and unpredictable behavior. Please get in touch with our Community Manager BatyAlquawen in case you're interested in having a Content Creators Server - currently, there is no Content Creators Server for the Stress Test Branch. Known issues (= please DO NOT REPORT these issues on the Feedback Tracker): vaulting over fences happens automatically, and with a weird animation (this is a placeholder implementation before jumping/vaulting works as intended) using RMB (right mouse button) in some gestures can freeze the character (your character will be fixed after you reconnect to a server) setting key binds does not work properly at the moment the character can become desynced when moving at prone/crouch speed in the opposite stance the character can become desynced animation-wise = plays different animation than it should players are misplaced when more of them attempt to climb one ladder at the same time in rare cases, it might not be possible to exit a ladder when in a close proximity of some the environment objects, your character may be unable to raise hands players may glitch when attempting to prone on top of each other the camera may clip through the ground when in prone other players do not see your chat messages when you have a megaphone switched on ladder climbing animation can be glitched (wrong hand placement) clothing cannot be swapped in some circumstances weapons/magazines can occasionally become stuck in the inventory there are various visual animation glitches the visual representation of sky is incorrect there are various lighting/shadow glitches you may experience brief client-side freezes combining of magazines with ammo piles (as well as firearms with magazines/ammo piles) are working one way only after the spawn, character's camera can be stuck in free-look using free-look camera with a raised firearm (and eventually firing it) can lead to a mismatch of raised hands direction against camera direction while aiming down iron sights, a firearm may become shifted, and can be slightly rotated randomly around its vertical axis, which leads to some accuracy issues after fall impact, the player character is stunned for a while before he can move again the client can freeze briefly shortly after connecting to a server characters can become locked in database, preventing connection (try another server) possible connection issues due to large number of simultaneous connects character animations for hit impacts after being hit with projectiles are missing post process for hit impact is not played properly sometimes gear on players might not be synchronized between them properly What IS NOT to be expected of Stress Tests: authentic DayZ survival experience, this is mostly a PvP stress test to gather server performance data the infected - they are intentionally switched off in Stress Tests intended/final balance across game features, mechanics, systems and central economy intended/final design of GUI of menus, inventory, and HUD features not ready for Experimental features planned for the future releases (Experimental, BETA, 1.0) intended/final item's names, descriptions, sizes, capacities and inventory icons intended/final sound and visual effects like post processes, particles, rain, fog and lighting setup What IS to be expected during Stress tests a new Steam branch - you need to download 12 GB of files 52 stress test servers for 3120 players spawn points in Zelenogorsk work-in-progress iteration of the brand new player controller and some other features bugs and game crashes - servers may crash seconds after their start, be ready for that just in case Please help us manage the expectations of our community and do not share the following Stress Test Branch opt-in details directly with your friends. We would like to kindly ask you to only share a direct link to this DayZ.com page. That way, you will help us in our effort to create a well informed community, and you will contribute significantly to the overall efficiency of Stress Tests. Thank you! right click DayZ in your Steam Library click Properties click the Betas tab go all the way down to Enter beta access code to unlock private betas" enter the ireallywanttotest opt-in access code the "Stress Test Branch" is unlocked - select that branch in a drop down menu and let the client files download How to revert back to Stable Branch? → right click DayZ in your Steam Library → click Properties → click the Betas tab → in the drop down menu choose NONE = opt out of all beta programs and close the properties → play DayZ How to find Stress test servers? → click the Change Server tab on the welcome page → write "Stress test" into the Search prompt on the right side of the screen → select a server of your choice
  3. We are starting a new Stress Test now, #27, running version 0.63.147344. Focus are fixes for crashes and memory leaks. Please fill the servers so we can test the fixes under harsh conditions. To report crashes and kicks, please check out our Bug Report Guide: https://forums.dayz.com/topic/238467-how-to-report-an-issue-to-the-feedback-tracker/
  4. Troubleshooting FAQ

    For many issues out there there are simple solutions that you can try to resolve some of the reoccurring issues. Some are caused by faulty downloads, some by outdated drivers. Here is a small collection of solutions to some of the recurring issues in DayZ. If your issue is not listed here or measures do not help, feel always free to report to our feedback tracker. Common Solutions BattlEye Error VAC Bans Bad_module_info [Launch Error] "Error Creating Enfusion Engine" Bad Version, server rejected connection Not able to move or do anything Common Solutions Before trying any other solutions, try to verify your game files via Steam. This is a general check of all DayZ game files that should discover most of the issues caused by a faulty update download, or by manipulated/otherwise corrupt game data. Go to your Steam Library and right-click on DayZ. Go to Properties. Open the Local Files Tab. Click on "Verify Integrity of Game Files" Make sure to clear all launch parameters. Go to your Steam Library and right-click on DayZ. Go to Properties. In the General Tab, click on "Set Launch Options" Delete all entries and confirm. Reinstall the game. To avoid faulty data, the easiest solution is a clean installation of the game.
  5. Following the 0.63 Experimental release last week we are back with our Status Report. Today, Eugen gives us an update on the state of development, while Viktor and Adam from the animation team show us what they've been up to for the past couple of weeks. Our Map Designer Adam demonstrates changes to the weather system and we get some insights into the audio progress by our Sound Designer Filip. And of course we close with our community highlights, let's dive into it! Dev Update/Eugen Dev Update/Viktor Dev Update/Adam Oresten Dev Update/Adam Franců Dev Update/Filip Community Spotlight Dev Update/Eugen Dear Survivors, the Experimental release is behind us, but the work does not stop here. So I would like to look at the issues present, troubling the community playing this version and also talk about the internal development that has happened and features you'll be seeing very soon on the Stress Test and Experimental branch. We kept both of the branches active to make sure we don't break Experimental too often and have features coming into it with more polish. While 0.63 is heavy on new technology, we know it's quite light on content. But you will be able to enjoy a lot of the new stuff in the upcoming weeks. The issues that take longest to iron out are related to the stability of client and server, and problems that would end up interrupting your play sessions for various reasons. From locked characters, to server kicks or just unexpected crashes to desktop. Things are getting better, but there is more to be done in this regard and we continue to monitor the situation and apply fixes to make sure we eliminate this as soon as possible. We know its not there yet and its our top priority. We should also talk about our plan to make the Experimental servers available to server owners currently running their communities. Sadly this had to be slightly postponed due to changes necessary for GDPR and memory leaks wreaking havoc on stability and performance. These seem to be fixed as of today, so very soon you will be able to switch over and enjoy the updated version with your fellow community members on your own terms. In terms of development, we are currently moving along quite nicely with only small delays in features planned out internally. The benefits of the new technology are already showing themselves in the pace of implementation. We are also looking into possible solutions to issues that currently cause these delays and make sure we deliver. Let's go over the current state of development and features themselves. We can consider finished for Experimental phase: Hidden stash CPR Gestures Repairing UI Main Menu Soft Skills Environmental Exposure Goat - Animal Last week we have moved/continue to the review/bug fixing of: Character Unconsciousness Chambering Loop Fireplace Jump UI Server Browser Cooking Weapon/Item Swap Action/Animation Compass Gathering Ambient Loot Gathering Actions Vehicles - Open/Close doors Vehicles - Attach/Detach vehicle parts Injured Animations This week is dedicated to the internal implementation of: Climbing Weapon dispersion Weapon zeroing Weapons - Double Barrel Diseases Scopes Enfusion Hierarchy New Input System Action Animations Collisions during melee So you might be asking yourself when these things hit Stress Test and Experimental branches. We plan to switch over a bunch of these very soon, and you can expect to have these available in batches over the coming weeks. However, we want to aim for at least unconscious state to be finished in different edge cases. As of now, there are still small issues with ladder/water unconscious state interactions that are not ready for the Stress Test, but this week we should see them fixed and as such moved to the Stress Test branch alongside many other new features and content. - Eugen Harton / Lead Producer Dev Update/Viktor Hello everyone, today I would like to share with you in this short update what the animation team has been working on for the past weeks and what is going on at the moment. Obviously, the player character is important to us, so we continue improving its behaviour and what it can do. At the moment, we are revisiting some of the animations and improving them, or replacing them with better ones. This includes melee combat and its attacks. There have been some animation changes to better represent which item is the player attacking with, like a new sprint-attack with the baseball bat. Also, a lot of work has been put into finger poses so that the character is holding various items the best way it can. Some of the recent animation additions include the new IZH43 animation set, and some gestures like nodding head, shrug, and "OK". One of the more significant improvements to player locomotion is the ability to jump over obstacles. The feature is still work-in-progress, as well as the animations, but the character is now able to overcome small objects that are in his way by jumping over them. We are now in the process of adding all the animation variations for different directions and items in hands. At the same time, our programmer is working on the climbing for players and soon, we will start implementing animations for it. As we also started tidying up some animations and features, there is an ongoing work on player actions. This includes polishing of existing animations, some graph tweaks, but also some new animations to better visualize what the character is doing. Our Technical Animator Adam will share more details on what was happening over the past weeks regarding various animation improvements related to these actions. Make sure to check out the gifs for the baseball bat attack and cutting down bushes. Cheers! - Viktor Kostík / Lead Animator Dev Update/Adam Oresten For the past couple of weeks, I have been hard at work revamping, tweaking, and creating animations for many various actions. User actions are the backbone of the game, and as such, they require thought out implementation; what items can they be done with? What stances are they realistic in? Should the character be able to move during the action? All of these play a huge role in their realization, concept, and execution. I’ve implemented animations for on back actions (mainly important ones; drinking, eating, etc), tweaked some action animations to be faster or slower and cutting out unnecessary parts, depending on which type of action. I’ve also created and implemented animations for placing heavy items (barrels, generators, etc) and smaller items (bear traps, mines, etc), and I’ve also revamped the horticulture action animations, such as cutting down a tree with a two-handed axe, or one-handed hatchet, cutting down bushes, and getting bark from trees with knives or machetes. As a part of these actions, I also implemented some smaller QoL (quality of life) representative action animations for viewing compass and viewing the map to properly convey what the player is currently doing. We’re in “full steam ahead” mode with the actions and their corresponding animations, and every week we’re working on new actions and polishing the animations for the ones we already have! - Adam Oresten / Technical Animator Dev Update/Adam Franců In our Status Report from 22 November 2016, we shared our plans to upgrade SimulWeather/TrueSky - a 3rd party library used to render volumetric clouds in DayZ. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, we had to ultimately cancel this plan and rather focus our attention on the current implementation that is present in DayZ since the beginning of Early Access. This has not only allowed us to make necessary performance adjustments but also to take a closer look at the visuals of clouds and what could be improved within the limits of the current implementation. Here is a short summary of what has been changed: Regarding performance improvements we have reached a point, where we have decided to remove the ability to disable volumetric clouds on the client side - this change will take an effect once revamp of graphical options is finalized. There have been major changes in the cloud configuration, which are mainly aimed to make the clouds more visible and distinct from the skybox background. We improved the interaction of fog (in distance and height) and volumetric clouds, so that clouds should blend better with the horizon when it is foggy. The silver lining effect of clouds has been greatly boosted during the early to late sunrises and sunsets. The movement speed of clouds during windy conditions has been reduced and we've brought additional improvements to the skybox background textures (overcast-dependent) along with some minor tweaks to the global lighting config to support the changes in the skybox and volumetric clouds. In addition to the changes of clouds, we have also taken a look again at the visuals of rain. These new changes include: Closeup raindrops are much more visible now. Re-added effect that tries to visualize light refraction on raindrops. Fogginess parameter has been tweaked so the rain blends better with the background. Closeup rain drops are more visible during the night-time around light sources. Rain speed has been increased. Both clouds and rain changes should be available to test once the next major Stress Test branch update happens. We are looking forward to your feedback on these improvements! - Adam Franců / Map Designer Dev Update/Filip Čenžák Hi all, The latest sound feature we started to work on are voice sounds for the character. So far we've implemented breathing when the character runs out of stamina, the sounds for holding breath while aiming in iron sight mode. and hit reactions when the character takes damage. We plan to add more sounds to create a more immersive character representation. Some of the sounds will be connected to animations, like grunts while jumping, or picking up heavy items, or sounds to emphasize melee combat. Others should be connected to character states, like the feeling of hunger or representation of disease. So far, all sounds are placeholders and in some cases, only male sounds are played. - Filip Čenžák / Sound Designer Community Spotlight Hello everyone, the last two weeks were both really exciting and busy for us. The release of Experimental was a big milestone all of us have been looking forward to for a long time. Even though we are aware of some issues on Experimental, we are happy, that you finally can play 0.63 almost whenever you want. If you haven't done it already, check our Highlight page featuring all the good stuff from this update! Another big event was our Community Live Stream. We knew that just a day after the release of 0.63 Experimental, there were going to be a lot of questions. Unfortunately, after announcing the stream, our beloved Eugen got sick and it was clear, that he wouldn’t be able to attend the stream. We still wanted to hold on to our promise and decided to take it as an opportunity to do our first Community Live Stream. We introduced new members of our Community team, opened Boydy's package (thanks again!) and tried to answer as many questions as possible even without the devs. As I said before, we had a Community Live Stream. I just want to explain what it means. In future, we want to stream in two formats – a developer and a community stream. On developer streams, you can expect information directly from devs and detailed answers for your questions. The second format is more community-related. Our community team wants to talk with the community about events, content from creators and all the stuff from you because you are really important to us. We tried the first community stream and we had a lot of technical difficulties (as always, it is not fun without it, is it?). Here is the VOD from the stream: You asked who made the music on the stream. It is a member of our community from the Netherlands called L_K_P1 who makes DayZ inspired music and we love it in the dev team! The song from the stream is named DayZ meme and here it is if you are interested: Do you need a new wallpaper? I have a cool one for you made by ChernoMerlo from the DrDesync’s screenshot. And here is another one. I have it on my desktop already! Shane O’Sullivan sent me a really interesting piece of a newspaper. It is named Bohemian Post and he made it by himself. There you can find news about the infection spreading across Chernarus. Now I want to show you a special project by DayZUnderground called #TwitterPlay. It is an interactive DayZ story within Twitter and it is updated daily. People are making a story through their votes in polls and they can decide what happened with a survivor, about whom the story is. It is a really nice idea and we love it! Join the story and make your own part! You can find the latest part HERE. Cage, who we met personally at Pax East, sent us his custom advertisement inspired by our Nota Cola and Pipsi drinks and they are pretty creative. And the last two pieces of content are videos. The first one is a cinematic trailer about surviving in Chernarus and it is sick. Everyone from the dev team loves it, this is amazing work by HookOak Productions! The last short clip is made by our loyal member NeuroticEUROtic and he is sharing his feelings when Experimental was near. Time for a riddle. The riddle from the latest Status Report wasn't so hard, the rock is situated on the North-West of Svetlojarsk above the train yard. Who guessed it right? Megamente Polski Tytan Beehive1982 Kerbo This time we prepared this picture with Adam: If you know where is it, tweet it to our official Twitter account with #DayZriddleTime and you can be on the wall of fame next time. Thank you guys for your content and I hope you will share your creation with us next time! - Baty / Community Manager Header image by WaffelsBR.
  6. Additionally to the Experimental version we are now also starting Stress Test #25, running version 0.63.147256. Again we need you to start the game with logs enabled and report any kick, disconnect or crash to our feedback tracker at feedback.dayz.com. Please include your Steam64ID, server name and your most recent .RPT file from this location: Users>...>AppData>Local>DayZ We need your support, so please fill up the Stress Test servers and report all issues! :)
  7. We now start Stress Test #26, running version 0.63.147282. We need you guys to fill up the servers in order to bring us relevant data and support the Experimental branch with sufficient updates. Please report server kicks/crashes with your most recent .RPT file (located at %localappdata%\DayZ, the folder can be hidden), Steam64ID and server name to our feedback tracker at feedback.dayz.com. If you experience a client crash, please submit a bug report with your entire DayZ folder - located here: %localappdata%\DayZ.
  8. Survivors, we are now starting Stress Test #23. Same as yesterday we will monitor server performance on 6 selected servers, for 2 hours until 5 PM. We need your help to fill up the servers and keep the queues busy. More information on the Stress Tests can be found here: https://dayz.com/blog/0-63-stress-tests
  9. Dear Survivors, our servers are back online with Stress Test #21. Next to some smaller fixes we are again tackling the issue of characters locked in database. All information on the Stress Tests and how to join can be found here: https://dayz.com/blog/0-63-stress-tests Have fun and keep those reports coming.
  10. Hello Survivors, we will close today with another brief Stress Test, starting now. This time we will have only 6 servers running with profilers for one hour until 5 PM CEST. We need your help to flood those servers, while we are monitoring the server performance in detail. The servers will run the same version as last weekend, so you don't need additional downloads.
  11. General Discussion

    Here is a place for your feedback, guys! :)
  12. To start off this Status Report, we are going to let Stress Test #18 run over night, so have a good time. Today, Eugen is going to talk about the upcoming weeks as our Stress Test versions gain more and more stability. Peter gives an introduction to the conditions of our new Central Economy system and Adam explains the ongoing changes to the Balota airfield. We close with some of the most memorable highlights of our community. Let's dive into it! Dev Update/Eugen Dev Update/Peter Dev Update/Adam Community Spotlight Dev Update/Eugen Dear Survivors, As we are pushing a large amount of fixes into the current Stress Test Branch, our aim is to stabilize the build enough to launch an Experimental Branch that will be available on official Experimental severs, as well as community servers, as server owners will be able to switch over. We expect the 0.62 Stable to be played less often and we will move server resources to Experimental depending on the player interest. We expect a couple more Stress Tests to be happening this week, aimed at least a couple fixes for crashes and locked character issues. We would like to confirm these fixes over the next couple of days and have the build available during the weekend for an extended Stress Test. This will be the version we will be launching for all the players interested in moving to experimental. In the meantime, we have planned out the features that will be reviewed and connected to the new engine. This is done on the Internal branch of development and will move over to the Experimental in bundles. Last week we have moved to review/bug fixing of: Hidden stashes Chambering loop (Enabling weapon classes such as the Mosin in-game) Character - Unconsciousness CPR Gestures Repairing UI - Main Menu Polished Sensors audibility/visibility (Infected) Sheep/animations, behavior This week is dedicated to the implementation of : Softskills Fireplace Environmental exposure Jump Weapons - double barrel UI - Server Browser Polished Goat/animations, behavior When these features will hit experimental, soon after the Experimental release we expect to switch over and keep doing Stress Tests for the newer builds before they move on to Experimental. The process itself is focused on connecting these features to the new character as a lot of them have been under development for a long time now. Each week we aim to deliver the implementation and dedicate the second week to bug fixing. Switching these over to Experimental will be done depending on the feature review and the community feedback that might affect priorities. - Eugen Harton / Lead Producer Dev Update/Peter The new Central Economy (CE) is in charge of the spawn and clean up of items, infected, animals, vehicles and dynamic events. It is easier to setup than the old CE and allows us to be more flexible with the categorization and areas of occurrence. A more precise placement can be achieved as well. After a series of internal tests during its implementation, we deployed it to DayZ 0.63. The CE is a complex system, as its behaviour develops over time and reacts to player interaction. Testing on our side was limited in scale and time. To check how the new Central Economy is behaving on a mass scale in the wild, we gathered data during the 11th Stress Test. From 18.5. to 20.5. we saved the storage files every hour across all servers which were constantly under full load. Loading this data back into the game allowed us to reconstruct how the CE behaved over time. From all the items spawned by the CE we picked the ones that are crucial for survival - food (beans, spaghetti, peaches, sardines, tuna), drinks (Cola, Pipsi, Spite, Kvass, water bottle) and firearms (Makarov, FNX45, Skorpion, IZH18, MP5, UMP45, AKM). The presented data is from the UK 0-8 server. The overview maps show where these items were spawned over time and similarly, the graphs show their overall quantity on the map over time (note that one dot means at least one item or more). To put things into context there is also a map of character spawn areas. Areas of character spawns along the coast. An animated occurrence of food across the map from Friday to Sunday. Amounts of food across the map from Friday to Sunday. Positions of food in the map at its lowest, Saturday 11:00. Amounts of drinks across the map from Friday to Sunday. Positions of drinks on the map at their lowest, Saturday 09:00. Amounts of firearms across the map from Friday to Sunday. Positions of firearms on their map at their lowest, Saturday 15:00. From available data granularity, it can be seen that in general, there have been enough food and drinks across the map to survive, as well as firearms to provide empowerment of survivors. Interestingly, the sum of all initially spawned food in 0.62 is lower than the sum of all spawned food at their minimal quantity in 0.63 (when an item hits its minimum threshold it will start to respawn back to its initial value). It would be nice to see players adapting to a new mindset of getting prepared before starting their next trip by checking more houses and structures at their location. However, there are things which will be addressed down the road to improve the CE behaviour and its balance. It’s clear that some parts of the map are rather empty, especially in the bottom right corner. In such cases, areas for character spawns will be tweaked and more structures will be added where it makes sense. That goes hand in hand with lowering the safe radius around characters which prevents items to pop up, as in high traffic areas this can cause the lockout of entire cities. Next, it’s the settings of the CE itself playing the decisive role. The randomisation of the lifetime of more common items has to be set in a greater range, as we noticed there were cleanups of large amounts at once causing noticeable dips. Moreover, the difference between nominal and minimal values of an item makes items spread across map even more unevenly. Most importantly, the short time frame we had to ‘boot up’ the new Central Economy and the truncated list of given items to spawn, led to a sub-optimal items categorization and defined tier zones. This is the area of the CE which will become crucial when more items start to flow back into the game and we really need to nail it. With the new Central Economy we definitely have a great toolset to tune loot and its distribution as good as possible, but given the nature and complexity of it, it will take some time. Let the looting begin... see you in Chernarus folks! - Peter Nespesny / Lead Designer Dev Update/Adam As mentioned in our Status Report from April 25, we are re-designing Chernogorsk and its surroundings. If you have played on the 0.63 Stress Test Branch and visited this area, you may have seen where we are heading with this re-design. I should remind you that map changes, unlike other parts of the game, are something that is not receiving updates on the Stress Test Branch that often, because of the difficulties with the branching of map data. Anyway, I am happy to say that quite a lot of progress has been made over the past few weeks and we are nearing the final stages of polishing and optimizing the overall area. If you have played the more recent versions of the 0.63 Stress Test Branch, you may have also noticed that we have decided to re-design the Balota airfield. This change was planned for a long time and originally set to be made at a later stage of development, but since the re-design of Chernogorsk is covering the area from Balota to Elektro, we have decided to include the Balota airfield re-design in it too. Balota is such an odd spot for any type of airfield to begin with, but we feel the need for a number of airfields across the Chernarus. Now with the NWAF re-design close to being done, we have got a proper military airbase on the map and we feel like there is no need to have other military air bases. And so the airfield was completely de-militarised, the concrete runway was removed and the whole airfield was rotated a bit more facing inland (so the corridor is pointing away from inhabited areas). Given the relatively small and odd place, we have decided to transform this airfield into a local airstrip, maintained by a local flying club and have re-used NEAF buildings to support this idea (and if you ask, yes, we do have further plans for NEAF too, but not for 0.63). To give this newly re-designed airfield a backstory, it has been captured by the military forces, with most of its entrances sealed off by mostly improvised structures. - Adam Franců / Map Designer Community Spotlight Hello guys, Let's check out what the community has for us after two weeks. I need to start with something really sad. Our community lost one of its members and a great streamer. Jen, known as Poisonantler, died under unfortunate circumstances on 8th March. We decided among the dev team to commemorate her by placing a small cross and a bench in the place where she disconnected for the last time. Our Brand Manager Martin Čulák accepted an invitation from our favourite Australian content creator Boydy and joined him in his podcast. Check it out, you can find interesting info in the video: I didn't expect much from a video with just walkie-talkie recording. But I was really surprised by how entertaining the video is. This is a recording of a few people's conversations from The Village server which has a very interesting ending. I really recommend to check it out. It is good to see that hand painting is not dead. This DayZ logo on a canvas made by danyuls0n's girlfriend makes us happy. We hope it is already hanging on the wall somewhere near a PC. I know we didn't have a location riddle for a long time. Our Twitter is now overwhelmed, because of Stress Tests, so we need to identify the riddle tweets. Just tweet the location with #DayZriddleTime hashtag and I will find it! Have a nice day(Z), Survivors! - Baty / Community Manager Header image by zombi.
  13. Dear Survivors, servers are back online with Stress Test #20! We are testing fixes for the remaining server crashes, so please start DayZ with logs enabled and report all crashes/server kicks at feedback.dayz.com. Include your crash files from User>...>AppData>Local>DayZ. Keep those reports coming and see you in Chernarus!
  14. Dear Survivors, The Stress Test servers are back with Test #19. As we close in on the client crashes and server issues, we ask you again to start DayZ with logs enabled and report all crashes/server kicks to our feedback tracker at feedback.dayz.com. Include your crash files from User>...>AppData>Local>DayZ. Thank you for your support.
  15. Stress test vol.18

    Dear Survivors, Stress Test #18 has just begun! Please start the game using the new "Play DayZ (with Logs)" option at the start. It is a special launcher with logs and information from your client to help us with fixes. Report to our feedback tracker at feedback.dayz.com if you get kicked from a server (connection failed) or a client crash. Include the files from your DayZ folder located at User>...>AppData>Local>DayZ (can be hidden). Thank you for your help!
  16. Dear Survivors, we need your help to localize the cause of the ongoing server kicks on the Stress Test branch. In order to help us, we need you to do two things: 1. Activate -dologs in your Launch Options for DayZ (Steam properties). 2. If you encounter a kick from a server (also displayed as connection failed), report the issue to our feedback tracker. Include the server name/IP and the time of the kick. Include the files from your DayZ folder located at User>...>AppData>Local>DayZ (can be hidden). That said, we are launching a new Stress Test right now. A fix regarding client crashes is tested. If you encounter a client crash, please report the issue including the crash files mentioned above.
  17. Stress Test Reports

    27/04/2018 Hello Survivors, Thanks for a quick stress test. So far it seems that one of the changes to character locks and/or BE kicks had issues with the Database backend that only shows up during high stress. We will look over the logs to make sure it can scale properly. I`m sorry it was so short this time, but this is also the reason we do these. The changes are done by stress test branch however still available when playing offline. Looking forward to your feedback!.
  18. Good morning survivors, we are starting the Stress Test #16 in a couple of minutes! Focus is again on the client and server crashes. If you experience a client crash, please send us your crash files at feedback.dayz.com. All info on the Stress Tests can be found here: https://dayz.com/blog/0-63-stress-tests
  19. Dear survivors, Stress Test #15 just started. We're having another run at the stability issues involving client and server crashes. For more information on the Stress Tests read here: https://dayz.com/blog/0-63-stress-tests We are aware of a client crash caused by changing your graphics settings.
  20. Dear Survivors, we just launched Stress Test #14. We attempt a fix for the most common server crash. We also added further logs to help us diagnose kick/lock issues. You find the complete changelog here: https://forums.dayz.com/topic/238161-stress-test-changelog/?do=findComment&comment=2387660
  21. Following an entire week of Stress Tests, the team has gathered around to report on the results of our first public testing phases for 0.63. We’ve received so much feedback from you guys and we’re going to dive right into it; but first, there is someone you probably haven’t read in a long time! Dev Update/Brian Dev Update/Eugen Dev Update/Peter Dev Update/Mirek Dev Update/Filip Community Spotlight Dev Update/Brian Greetings Survivors, I can't begin to tell you how great it has felt for myself, for Peter, and honestly for the whole team to see all of your reactions to the work that has been done on .63, and DayZ as a whole. For what seems like years, a big part of the team (especially Design and Animation) have worked on documentation and internal prototypes without hardly any feedback. To finally be able to start sharing some of this with you all (and thanks to platforms like Twitch, Youtube, Mixer, etc - SEE) and hear your thoughts has been the most uplifting since the Early Access launch on Steam. It’s a good day for DayZ and the DayZ community. I can not wait for .63 to hit experimental (and stable as well of course!) and begin to be able to spend more time with you all in this new DayZ experience in longer play sessions. With that said - I feel DayZ has reached a point in which I, much like how Dean felt years back - am no longer needed. I've spent years talking to you all, working with the team, and collaborating with Peter on where we want DayZ to be, how we want DayZ to feel. Now that you have started to see, and touch DayZ .63 I feel like our plans, our dreams are finally within grasp. Peter Nespešný and the design team have a rock-solid grasp of what DayZ is, and what it needs to be. All of our systems have been discussed, documented, and discussed again. For the last year, I have been slowly taking more and more of a back seat (as I'm sure some of you have noticed) and tried to push folks like Peter, Adam, and others to let their voice be heard. Over that year I have made plans for what is next for me and worked for free with Peter Nespešný in a design consultant role. I won't lie - it hasn't been easy, and there have been times where Peter and I both were uncertain about how .63 would be received, or how it would perform under full-scale load. I don't want to be a broken record - but I am so happy that all of those concerns have been washed away. DayZ has been my life, made my life - and been so ingrained in who and what I am that I won't be able to just walk away. Hell, I've just crossed 7,000 hours between two accounts. From here, I look forward to opportunities back home in the States, being closer to family, and playing DayZ as much as I possibly can. I certainly have not forgotten my promise to TSM Smak to do a 24-hour stream when DayZ hits 1.0. See you out there in Chernarus folks, the sun is rising and the future looks bright. - Brian Hicks / Creative Director Dev Update/Eugen Dear Survivors, before I start, I have to thank Brian for his contribution to DayZ over the years and wish him the best in his future endeavors. His passion is an inspiration to many. And I’m pretty sure we will be seeing each other in DayZ all the time :). I know we both wish for the game to grow and improve and finally testing the 0.63 has been a step in the right direction although a lot of work remains to be done. On that note, I want to thank you for participating in the last few stress tests. Feedback is coming in from every channel and we read all of it; from our forums, Reddit, Twitter, and more. I noticed a couple of topics that are coming up, and I want you to know we will be looking at these in the testing of both stress test build and experimental. We will prioritize resolving issues depending on their severity or their impact on the gameplay, while also working on more advanced features like climbing, vehicles and base building alongside that. I want to remind everybody that these will be part of the experimental build but probably won’t appear in its first iteration. It is extremely important to test these during experimental because as soon as we move the build to the stable branch, we want to focus on bug-fixing and tweaking. Don’t forget that as soon as we hit experimental, customer servers will be able to switch over. Now let’s get back to the things that were tested thanks to Offline DayZ being available, although it is definitely not representing the DayZ experience yet. Distant sounds, not hearing a gun or where is it coming from, or megaphone audio not traveling far enough; all of these things require tweaking as most of the initial configuration has not seen a revision yet, we will be looking into these as we progress with experimental. Distant lights, either a flash from a gun or a camp far far away; now these issues sadly have no simple solution, but we are talking about possibilities and will experiment with those as we get further down the development. Inventory visuals and functionality; a lot of the underlying tech is in, and visuals are still WIP. However, there are a lot of things we want to improve and work on during the ongoing testing. We want the game to feel physical and consistent in its behavior, as well as making sure things are telegraphed to a player when they need to be, focusing on the user experience of crafting and manipulation. The idea is there it just needs a lot of bug-fixing and tweaks. Besides the issues mentioned above there is an amazing amount of gameplay feedback, from the crosshair interactions, reload mechanics, aiming, shooting, controls, actions and more. We will be looking at what has been said and discussed and I know Peter will talk about these in much more detail over the next few status reports. As already mentioned before our next goal is multiplayer testing with infected and I’m definitely looking forward to that one! - Eugen Harton / Lead Producer Dev Update/Peter Two weeks passed since the first Stress Test of DayZ 0.63. In the meantime, there have been another three more Stress Tests plus we added the possibility to play in an offline mode if you are interested in trying out what’s on the table with the “new” DayZ. During this time we gathered a lot of qualitative and constructive feedback from you - our community, which I am very glad for (read past Status Report to find more about my feelings designing something without feedback for so long). Now I would like to comment on the most important things through the Status Report, which is the most effective way on how to reach most of our players. As most of you know, our goal is to make everything to feel as tangible as possible, so you really need to be making things over time, at least most of the core actions. In this respect, we chose to have reactive raise of hands. To maintain the active stance, in which you can endanger others or defend yourself against them, you need to hold a dedicated button. Once you remove your hands from controls, the character should be rendered as relaxed and harmless. Telegraphing intentions and what’s going on is one of the most important aspects of DayZ. However, from feedback it seems like there is no problem with holding raise to become actionable, but more with the actual switching to iron sights while the firearm is raised. Currently, this is bound to MMB/LSHIFT, which obviously feels awkward and clunky, especially when it’s on another hand than the one controlling aim and shooting itself. One solution is to a double-click of raise and then hold it to enter ADS directly, but unfortunately, proof of concept which was available in first Stress Test, was implemented in a very crude way and it felt very unpleasant, confusing and it did not meet with understanding. Personally, I think a chain of actions is fine, firstly I’m raising my firearm to do some immediate shooting or I enter aiming down sights to get better precision, especially on mid to long range. On the other hand, I know that I will be upset finding myself in an advantageous sniper position and having to hold raise for the whole time waiting for the right moment to strike the target. I can assure you that we are very aware of this discrepancy and we want to solve it. As many of you already suggested, and we are tending to it for some time already, the solution is to simply have raise still on hold, but ADS (aim down sights) togglable from a lowered stance. While I’m not a huge fan of such kind of “togglability” of states (you won’t believe me how much it triggers me off watching friendly survivors talking by a fire while aiming at each other's faces), we will definitely try some other ways to address this until we end up with implementing this simplest solution. Another thing which is causing some tables flipping around is ‘hip fire’, respectively how accurate it is. Actually, it’s not hip fire, as the firearm is in the same position as while being ADS - the only difference between these two is the camera position - but for simplicity’s sake let’s call it ‘hip fire’. In the first place, it needs to be clear that ‘hip fire’ is not meant to be accurate by any means. It should be used for immediate reactions at very close ranges. Anyways advantage of it in its current state is coming from several factors. I already mentioned non-ergonomic switching to ADS above. First off we changed how the direction of the projectile trajectory is calculated while shooting from ‘hip fire’. Currently, it’s always heading from the weapon to the center of the screen. In the previous version .62, bullets were always fired out in the direction of a barrel of a gun, which didn’t make sense to anyone, which led us to introduce a floating crosshair to show where the barrel is pointing at (you kinda know to estimate that direction even when firing from hip IRL). However hunting this floating crosshair which is jumping across the screen like crazy is unpleasant and in the end, doesn’t make sense. So why not simply shoot towards the center of the screen - hence the change. Of course, the current implementation has a few worst cases where it’s not working properly or very badly to be honest, but those will be fixed one by one. Another thing is that after the rewrite of the weapons we are missing implementation of dispersion - random cone-shaped spread defined by angle. Previously it was used as kind of an inaccuracy from the manufacturing process where long barrel weapons were most accurate and short barrel ones were least. We are not using it anymore as I think ‘fighting’ some random nonsense on mid to long ranges is over the top, as players are already challenged enough by mechanics like sway, recoil, zeroing, actual bullet speed and drop - all that combined with character movement, which is enough. However, if it’s applied only while using ‘hip fire’ it can help to introduced much welcomed inaccuracy on mid to long ranges. For now, we will try to address it with modified sway while not in ADS to see how it works out. Next thing is the overly precise crosshair for ‘hip fire’. The former crosshair was ugly for sure, but in its size, it wasn’t precise at all, thus it was hard to assess the center of the screen, but still good enough to show the direction of shots. After a massive outcry about how ugly the crosshair is, we change its look as it is very simple to do - and to show you how a simple change can have a huge impact on gameplay, which, not surprisingly, you don’t like. In the past during internal playtest we ran a series of tests without a crosshair, but people were mostly unable to shoot anything even on close ranges during stress situations which required fast reactions. Personally, I’m for the complete removal of the crosshair, but then there are plenty of 3rd party software or monitors allowing to overlay crosshair on screen, making it unfair to those playing fair. By the way, you can disable crosshair (along with dot) from options (game>crosshair>off). Forcing disable of crosshairs will be also available server side. As a mix of all the above, there is a possible exploit now with ‘hip fire’ where you can fire immediately after pressing the button for raising firearm where the dot can be abused for super precise aim. Of course, this will be fixed down the road. Advanced firearms manipulation and subsequently accentuate usage of quick slots as pockets with instant access to items in them, is related to the philosophy of DayZ’s survival element - being prepared for possible things to come. Using quick slots for anything else beyond the switch of items in hands is not standard at all and it needs some time to get used to it for sure. Compared to old DayZ (.62 and previous versions), we changed loading weapons to hold-action, instead of just click, for a reason that weapons with internal magazines will be loaded continuously - same as how feeding detachable magazines works now. Next, we enriched the usage of quick slots for initiating any combining actions, basically crafting, but I have to see someone to using it like that yet, as it can save a lot of time and inventory access. Anyways quick slots have that disadvantage that they are kind non-ergonomic, especially for hold-actions which is of course a problem. Just the fact, that R key isn’t working as it’s used to work across all action games, which is so deeply rooted standard, inflames most of the players. I would like to point out, that currently, we cannot present you the big picture, where the pieces fit together - and that’s manually charged firearms like bolt action rifles or pump shotgun - which internal magazines can be continuously loaded and have to be manually charged prior to every shot, where R is used for now as it’s manipulation using a mechanism of the weapon. Even if it will be still unclear and uncomfortable after that, we have already plan B prepared, which makes R key to behave in ways people are more accustomed to. In that case, R would reload magazine or chamber (most probably from pre-prepared items in quick slots) while holding R would manipulate with the mechanism, or unjam it in such chase. We will be able to see and evaluate once manual firearms are implemented. There is also critique regarding weak recoil. It’s good to know, that the new system for recoil is good, however, there is only one setting used across all weapons for now if I’m not mistaken. As it was tweaked for low caliber pistol, of course, it seems very off using an AKM. Better recoil patterns will be added gradually. From other stuff related to gunplay which is also being questioned is hold breath. To be more specific - its default keybind, which is currently set to left CTRL. At first it seems to be non-ergonomic, but on the other hand, it makes sense as it’s paired with the walk modifier. With the upcoming new input controller we will separate these actions from each other, so we will be able to bind them independently. It’s worth to mention that most actions of the new character are hardwired to the actions of the old one which is gone for a long time now. This means we are in some occasions limited in achieving the desired result (for example we are still missing hold-action for environment interaction - currently bound to F, which limits us in the introduction of continuous actions, like drinking from the pond). Until the new input controller is in I would advise you to not rebind controls as it can completely mess up a new character in some cases. Seems like I already made it into a solid wall of text even as I wanted to comment on other stuff as well in no particular order, like weapon changing animations, bleeding, hit impacts, falling, stamina, HUD and tendency icons, headbob, fake inertia, clipping issues in FPP, inventory, infected behavior, melee combat, balancing in general, lack of content and more. But I would better stop right there and leave those for next Status Report. Brian, thank you for all your hard work for DayZ, your passion will be missed... see you in Chernarus man! - Peter Nespesny / Lead Designer Dev Update/Mirek Hello survivors, today, I'd like to write about current Stress Tests, how they are helpful to us programmers (especially server-side stuff) and what's the plan with next Stress Tests. Secondly, I will write about our progress on the infected. First of all, I want to thank all of you who are participating in these Stress Test sessions. They already helped us to find performance bottlenecks, some thread deadlocks, sources of crashes and connection issues. We fixed several of these issues and we're working on the rest. We've prepared some performance optimizations, which are in our internal branch and are ready for internal testing. Our current Stress Test scenario, where all players are spawned in the same city, is probably the worst case for server performance and network traffic. Although we're quite happy with the numbers we received, we'll continue to improve performance till DayZ hits stable in version 1.0. The next Stress Tests scenario (I'm not sure now when it will happen) will look like your ordinary DayZ session, which means that players will be spawned at different places and infected will be present. In these sessions, we will try to continuously increase player and AI numbers to see how intense we can populate Chernarus. Please keep in mind that the AI can be still buggy in these test so don't be angry if you'll be killed by infected which went through a wall (I will explain why this is happening in next paragraph). So, now about the infected status. Some of you have met them in our recently released offline mode and noticed that they can go through obstacles sometimes. This is known to us and it's happening because we decided to save some performance on collision detection, therefore we've disabled collisions between AI units and static objects during movement - the navigation system should keep AIs on the navigation mesh and that's the reason why we disabled this collision detection. This bug is one with the highest priority and hopefully we will fix this navigation issue soon. About infected and their features - basic movement, stealth mechanics, and fight logic are in place and we are iterating them. Designers are tweaking infected senses, which means they are balancing how infected can spot a player depending f.e. on player's stance or clothing which they wear. We're adding some more movement features right now - turns and crawling. Crawling will be there a little bit later because not all animations are ready now for this movement state, but here you can at least see transition animations in the game: Turning - I think it will be best if you look at these samples, to see what that means - I believe these will make stealth and fight funnier: ' And that's all for now. As you can see, stability improvements and infected are our current milestone. Hopefully next SR we will be able to show you more from other game features. - Miroslav Maněna / Lead Gameplay Programmer Dev Update/Filip Hi all, over the last couple of weeks, we've made several improvements. We’ve implemented ambient sound attenuation for interiors and added a smooth transition between outdoor and indoor states. The number of ambient sounds that can play simultaneously is now higher plus we’ve added a few new controllers, so sound can react more dynamically to weather changes. Regarding doors, we redesigned door open/close sounds and added over 200 new sounds in the process. On a different issue, the localization of sound sources in 0.62 did not work very well. The visual position did not correlate with the position of the sound. Especially with animals, which you can hear over long distances, this slight offset made them hard to locate. This is why we decided to redesign vector panning. We are very happy with the changes we did for stereo configuration and now we are concentrating on surround configuration. - Filip Čenžák / Sound Designer Community Spotlight Hello Survivors, it is finally beautiful weather outside, but who cares when you can play the Stress Tests! We released four Stress Tests already as well as an offline version of DayZ and we received a lot of feedback from you. We are glad you are helping us to fix all these annoying bugs and crashes. Let's check what you've sent us through our social networks. This is really cool. An old friend of Sweetest_Kill gave her a DayZ-themed bat with her name on it. It is a nice gift, but please, don't use it on living creatures. Guys, I want to show you a great video made by HandZ. It has everything - sadness, regret, violence, moral decision-making, betrayal and death. Great work HandZ, it is one of the best live action videos we ever saw. DickieTheChamp made a cute DayZ inspired USB. It is a small can of Pipsi and I want it so bad! If you think it is only violence and blood in DayZ, we want to show you that you are not right. You can find love there as well. Mach and FubarBundyy can confirm we are right because they met in DayZ and they fell in love with each other. They are just celebrating one year together! So adorable! Willkillshill shared his selfie photoshoot with us, from when he was playing on one of the Stress Test session. And it is hilarious. And now some real Chernarus thing - on Reddit, zverus showed pictures of the real Nord East Airfield named Nalivaikivka airstrip, which is located near Kiev in Ukraine. Check it out, it is really interesting: That is everything from me today, If you have anything you want to share with us, just send it to our official Twitter account and I will check it out! - Baty / Community Manager Header image by Punchy McSlap.
  22. Hello Survivors, today's Stress Test #13 begins now. We're testing a new round of server performance optimizations. We are aware of a bug involving items getting removed from the hotkey bar. If you are new to the Stress Tests, please have a read through our introduction: https://dayz.com/blog/0-63-stress-tests
  23. Dear Survivors, our Stress Test #12 just went live. Please be aware that the "Configure" button can lead to a client freeze, so you might want to avoid it. The servers will be up for approximately one hour. We are trying out a different build from the last one, with some notable low-level changes, not particularly notable in the gameplay itself.
  24. Hello Survivors, today we have another Stress Test coming for you, focusing on the Central Economy. In order to collect the necessary data we'd like you to keep these servers populated at all times: 78.129.251.212:2502 - UK 0-1 173.192.141.81:2502 - US Southcentral 0-5 Servers are up and will be running all weekend!
  25. Stress Test vol.10

    Tonight you guys are in for a treat! As we are approaching our Stress Test #10 we are going to have the servers up and running the entire night! Join the servers and report all the bugs to our feedback tracker at feedback.dayz.com
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