The open-world, zombie survival Arma II mod that’s taken the world by storm, DayZ, is set to become a standalone game.

Dean “Rocket” Hall, the man behind the project, announced the news via the official DayZ development blog. The project will be lead by Hall while Bohemia Interactive, the dev team behind the Arma titles.

Plans are afoot to structure the pricing model similarly to that of Minecraft; alpha versions will be made available often.

"That's right, this is actually happening," Hall wrote.

"This is the fairy-tale outcome for a mod that many would have said impossible four months ago.

"Development and updates of the mod will continue in parallel with the development of the game, so anyone who is playing the mod now will be able to continue to do so. The project will follow the Minecraft development model; fast iterations with the community alpha available for a heavily discounted price.

"I realise people will have many, many questions - but we wanted to let everyone know the announcement now. Over the coming weeks, these questions will be answered."

DayZ’s user count hit the one million count recently.