Despite what many had ended up believing, Bohemia Interactive really did intend to have DayZ leave the clutches of early access on Steam. "Both the BETA update and any further 0.63 updates, up to 1.0, will happen in 2018, which is shaping up to be one of the most important years for DayZ".
The blog post specifically says that Bohemia is "committed to bringing DayZ to Xbox, where we have a large community of gamers patiently (very patiently!) waiting for a truly hardcore online survival game".
DayZ is available for purchase if you want to actively support the development of the game, yet developers warn us about possible interruptions and serious issues may occur. Just don't expect a final final version of the game when the beta rolls around. "It's a start of a platform that will be extended by us, and can be extended by the modding community".
While the PC version is finally seeing a more proper release of the game, Harton reiterates that console versions of the game will also see the light of day in 2018.
Harton provided details on what to expect in the beta, in terms of player characters, infected zombies, animals and more, and what won't make the beta (vehicle modification, barricading, birds, planes, bikes/motorbikes).
DayZ was meant to be in production for both Xbox One and PS4, so why no mention of Sony's console?
DayZ has been in Early Access on Steam since 2013.