DayZ Creator Dean Hall Leaving Bohemia Interactive
According to Eurogamer, the mastermind behind DayZ, Dean Hall, will be leaving Bohemia Interactive and stepping down as leader on DayZ by the end fo the year. His plan is to go back to his home country of New Zealand and start his own studio, though there is some flexibility in his schedule if the DayZ team needs him to stay on longer.
Hall explains that he's "really good at risk-taking and making other people take risks," and he can explain something to the point of talking people up a ledge and over it. The problem, as he sees it, is that a person like that is eventually bad to have around - that eventually someone like that in a leadership role will "be a disaster for the project." That being said, Hall will always be involved with DayZ; he's not walking away from it completely, he'll simply step down from a leadership role.
As for what Hall plans to produce with his as-yet-unformed new studio back in New Zealand, he told Eurogamer that he "has three game ideas written already, [...] plus another two that need more work." Ultimately, he'll be chasing after the elusive "perfect multiplayer experience," which he admits DayZ is not. He's fascinated by multiplayer games and very interested in survival games, so he says a lot of his current ideas have "similar DNA" to DayZ. I'm sure whatever his future studio produces, DayZ fans will support him.