Dean Hall of DayZ fame is making a big new multiplayer game

Dean Hall’s New Zealand studio RocketWerkz is working on a brand new triple-A game. We don’t know what it’s called but we do know where the money is coming from: Chinese online gaming behemoth Tencent.

Oh, and we know the new game is not Ion, the survival space game announced at E3 2015. That’s a separate thing; a collaboration with a tech company called Improbable in London, UK.

I spoke to Dean Hall about his new game but he was cagey.

“What I will say is it’s multiplayer,” he told me. “We’re really drawing a line in the sand here and saying … that’s where we want to be planting our flag in the ground; carving out new territory in terms of new multiplayer genres, or re-purposing different parts of other genres.

“I believe it’s a gap in the market,” he added. “For that reason I’m going to be pretty coy about exact specifics of it – also because of expectations and how experimental we are at the moment. I need to be deliberately coy; I need to avoid a kind of War Z situation.”

By that he means avoiding copycats, which is what The War Z was to DayZ back in 2013.

Hall continued: “I think a lot of people when they hear about it [the new game] will think it’s a niche game, but a lot of people would have said that about DayZ.”