When 2012 came and went, Hall posted a brief update explaining that the DayZ standalone would be delayed. Since the game was moving into standalone development, new systems had to be developed for it. From then on, the development team went silent about updates on the game.
In recent days, Hall's been facing a lot of harassment via email and Twitter, with angry gamers demanding the release of the game. As a result, he's posted a brief update on the development of the game. "Development pace has been very rapid and as information gets prepared for a devblog," it states, "inevitably things change. Furthermore, things get fixed and added at different times – so it means it is hard to find a time when everything is committed at once... except for milestones. Hence, we will be releasing the devblog based on the milestone review."
He was very, very clear in emphasizing that this wasn't a confirmation of the alpha. "There is no set release date. When an alpha candidate passes its milestone review, it will be released," he stated.