DayZ 'Bounty' mod plans real money rewards, but faces opposition

You've probably fantasized about the zombie apocalypse, but the one drawback is that real money will have lost all its value. Even the best zombie-hunting mercenaries will only get paid in canned goods and articles of clothing. Fortunately, video games don't have to make sense, so the DayZ Bounty club is like a dream come true: actual money in a zombie apocalypse. But the creators of DayZ are asking for the dev team to stop their work.

Essentially, the Bounty system is a system that lets you place a price on other players' heads, and it was born out of just messing around inside the game. One of the founders, Jake Stewart, said he offered $5 if a friend could kill him. "And all of a sudden, I thought: this is a fun way to play," he told PC Gamer. "This'd be great if we had a whole community of people that were doing the same type of thing. James [Ortiz] and I had talked about maybe getting it together."

Oritz added, "We figured that if people had a value on their life... there'd be something to fear besides the zombies."

The system works as a package program, in which players can pay $5, $10, or $20 to get a number of playable lives and some basic gear. Killing anything from zombies to bandits gets you money, and each target has different values attached. The team is plans to test with mock money before it attaches real value. An additional mod will verify kills, and payment will be delivered through PayPal. Currently the values go from 10 cents per 10 zombies killed, to a full $5 for the Outlaw--the bandit with the most kills.

But the mod may get killed before it has a chance to go live. In a follow-up, DayZ production assistant Matthew Lightfoot said he would be contacting the mod creators. "We believe that the elements of gambling that DayZ Bounty introduces challenges the basic game design aspects that DayZ is built upon," Lightfoot said. "It changes the focus of DayZ from being a creative, enjoyable, gritty gaming experience to a game that is based almost solely on financial gain and that is not something we want to be associated with. We will be contacting the owners of the DayZ Bounty website directly over the coming days, to ask that they cease their activities in their current form."

Of course, the mod is experimenting with funny-money in its testing phases anyway, so in theory it may be able to get away with continuing that method.

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