• E. L. King

DayZ Releases Biggest Update Yet With New Containment Areas and Much More

Contaminated Areas change the survival experience in big new ways, introducing a challenge for high-level loot and adding a dynamic layer to the open world.

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DayZ is an unforgiving, authentic, open world sandbox online game where each one of 60 players on a server follows a single goal – to survive as long as they can, by all means necessary. Every decision matters – with no save games, and no extra lives, every mistake can be lethal. If you die, you lose everything and start over. Released on December 16, 2013, the horror title still has an incredibly active community and welcomed hundreds of thousands of new players in 2020 with the game joining the Xbox Game Pass library.

In it's biggest update of the year, DayZ is bringing players new gameplay experiences and much more. Bohemia Interactive announced on September 29, 2021 the release of update 1.14 for DayZ for their hardcore open-world survival game. For everyone playing DayZ on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox, the latest update offers some notable new additions, including contaminated areas, hunting traps, revamped helicopter crash sites, new animations for bullpup rifles, and a DayZ first – the LE-MAS assault rifle.

The most anticipated addition to this update is Contaminated Areas: These new additions come in two variants: static and dynamic. Static areas are meant to lock away high-tier loot, while dynamic areas make the world more lively. Special attention has been paid to making these environments as immersive as possible through various visual and sound effects, as well as finally making use of already present NBC gear like suits and gas masks.

If you’re a survivalist of the wilderness variety, then you’re going to love the addition of three new hunting traps: a big fishnet trap, a small fish bottle trap, and a snare trap. Each trap is able to catch its own unique animal based on where the trap is placed and the type of bait that’s used. There’s also a new booby trap – the tripwire – which you’ll definitely want to keep an eye out for.

Helicopter crash sites have also received some long-overdue attention. The Russian site has received a significant model update, alongside the addition of the smoke particle, which is now visible from a greater distance. Every helicopter crash site now makes a sound that can be heard from far away, thereby alerting anyone in the vicinity. In addition to all of this, the chances of finding rare loot at these sites have noticeably increased.

The update also offers a new set of animations for bullpup rifles and introduces a first in DayZ – the LE-MAS assault rifle. The exotic-looking rifle uses 5.56x45mm ammunition in its unique 25 round magazine and offers single, burst, and automatic fire. Members of the modding community are recommended to check out the complete change notes to see the numerous changes that were made with modders in mind. You can check out the changelogs in the official forum.

Just in case everything that’s been mentioned so far simply isn’t enough, how about the fact that folks playing on the PlayStation 5 can now enjoy DayZ at 60 frames per second? All in all, there’s a ton of fun to be had with Update 1.14 and plenty of new adventures fans of the immersive horror game to enjoy.