In case you missed it, the standalone version of DayZ is available right now on Steam, via the Early Access system. The game is still far from finished, but that hasn’t stopped more than 170,000 gamers snapping up a copy in just 24 hours.
The concept of DayZ is a simple one: You are scavenging for supplies to help fend off the zombie horde. But, as we’ve often seen, the biggest threat to humanity is humans themselves, so much of the fending-off is fighting against your fellow survivors (who, in turn, are fending you off).
If you’re thinking about snagging this one, it comes with a big disclaimer:
WARNING: THIS GAME IS EARLY ACCESS ALPHA. PLEASE DO NOT PURCHASE IT UNLESS YOU WANT TO ACTIVELY SUPPORT DEVELOPMENT OF THE GAME AND ARE PREPARED TO HANDLE WITH SERIOUS ISSUES AND POSSIBLE INTERRUPTIONS OF GAME FUNCTIONING.
…that said, we’ve seen many more positive comments than negative ones, so maybe it’s not as bad as all that.
First day of Dayz (Alpha). Hours passed: 24. Copies sold: 172500. Survivors online: 142403. Bugs discovered: many. Work ahead: hard.
Happily, we can tell you that the team is busily working on a brand new patch, which will let gamers use objects to open cans (as opposed to having to find a can opener), as well as fixing a bunch of bugs and spawn issues.
DayZ was originally released as a mod for the military simulator ArmA 2, and has grown to develop a life of its own. If you’ve been hanging out to revisit Chernarus, now’s as good a time as any – you didn’t have any other plans for the next week or so, did you?