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Dean Hall
Dean Hall at Mount Everest, early 2013.
Aliases Rocket, Rocket2Guns
Profession Game Developer
Role Former Lead Developer

Dean “Rocket” Hall was the lead Developer at Bohemia Interactive for DayZ before handing responsibilities over to David Durcak in late 2014. He is responsible for starting the development of the DayZ Mod, with its success having lead to the development of the DayZ Standalone game.


Dean Hall was Born in Oamaru, New Zealand, May 14th 1983. Even growing up Dean had the desire to develop games, starting on a Commodore Amiga Desktop that was given to him at a young age. During his time in the Army, he was inspired by the difficulties of his survival training to create a simulation using the ArmA II engine to prepare other soldiers for the emotional hardships they may face; this idea was essentially turned down by the Army, and so Dean decided to add zombies into the game and release it to the public as an Apocalypse Survival game, one of the first in the genre.



Dean often posts news about DayZ on his Twitter account, Rocket2Guns: [1].




  • Until 1.0, the Aviator Sunglasses were named the Rocket Aviators, named after Dean's online nickname, Rocket.
  • Until 1.0, Dean's face could be seen on the bottom of the .45ACP Ammo Box.
  • Until 0.62, Dean's face was a choosable character model for survivors.
  • As of 0.60, Dean's face is also a potential civilian zombie model.