DayZ alpha approaches whopping 800,000 sales milestone

Success of the game's alpha will have a "positive" effect on its development.

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Sales of the standalone version of open-world zombie survival romp DayZ now stand around the 800,000 mark, creator Dean Hall has said.

Half of those copies came within the game's first week on sale.

Originally released as an alpha on December 16, 2013, Hall said his barometer for success sat at 250,000 copies sold within the game's first three months, and the huge success of the Steam Early Access title will have a "very positive effect" on the game's continuing development.

Posting on Reddit, Hall responded to a question about how the success will affect development. "We (Bohemia and I) had very ambitious plans for 2014 already," he said, "however this amount of sales was completely unexpected. Honestly, 250k within a quarter was what I would have considered a success. So to move nearly 800,000 in under a month is crazy."

"We'll be finalizing our roadmap in mid January, but it is safe to say that this kind of result will be having a very positive effect on that roadmap."

DayZ standalone is still in active development. "It is a work in progress and therefore contains a variety of bugs," says publisher Bohemia. "We strongly advise you not to buy and play the game at this stage unless you clearly understand what Early Access means and are interested in participating in the ongoing development cycle."

Discussion

52 comments
Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Watched about 40 minutes of game play of this the other night.  30 seconds in there were already glitches.  30 minutes in...we finally saw someone else who just ran away.  it was like walking around in a mall with all the shops closed up.  bleh

csward
csward

I can't understand the zombie game/genre craze, but I looks like a goldmine for developers as people seem to buy anything zombie. The game's creator has made some iffy statements, but I guess the masses don't care. 

cctv100
cctv100

It requires high-performance pc,though it's funny

hadlee73
hadlee73

Its funny, I stopped playing the DayZ mod because of the prolific hacking. I had virtually no interest in the DayZ standalone. I recently watched a let's play of it, and thought it looked boring at first. I watched more of it, and here and there started thinking "oh that's a nice addition/change" or "Hmm I like what they did with that bit". After watching even more I've actually started becoming interested again. Not sure if I should jump in now or wait until I find out how hackers are affecting it (I've already heard some bad early hacking stories for the standalone, but apparently they were patched).

aborgraffiti
aborgraffiti

See this is proof that PC gamers would have bought gta 5, all those moronic console fanboys said that only half of the 600,000 people who signed the petition would have actually paid for gta, yet here we have a game without any real advertising that sold 800,000 copies in 3 weeks.

nurnberg
nurnberg

PC gaming always seems to start the dumbest trends.  First it was micro-transactions.  Then the "free-2-play" scams.  Now paying full price for unfinished games.  I really hope that the last one won't become a trend.

nurnberg
nurnberg

Glad to see that gamers put their hard-earned money into games that are polished.  Oh wait...

nurnberg
nurnberg

What a scam!  PC gamers are completely desperate.

Sam_021
Sam_021

Purchased the game with my mates (8 of them) but haven't had the chance to play yet, it's going to be freaking awesome for sure!!!

Kr3isen
Kr3isen

Its funny how just a few years back all these major publishers were like ''games need to be dumbed down to reach a wider audience''. Now everywhere you look theres games with alot of depth that pull in millions upon millions of people worldwide. 




zenstrata
zenstrata

This is a terrible, buggy, game which encourages abusive and antisocial behavior.  I was suckered into purchasing this and discovered one of the worst gaming communities on the internet, where people are encouraged to kill each other over little or nothing at all while delighting in their actions.  Not to mention a world filled with cruel and unjust behavior - alongside massively prevalent cheating and amazingly game breaking bugs.

I suggest avoiding this title unless you enjoy these things.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Good for them.

vadagar1
vadagar1

reminds me of stalker


and this is a good thing


a very good thing :D

demondogx
demondogx

Its good to know this one completely outsells The Scam Z

But then again the ppl who bought the war z (now infestation) deserve to be scammed out of money if they throw away their money so easely

arqe
arqe

Concept still perfect in theory , War-Z ( Infestation ) / Day-Z and now Nether.

But they all suck.


perceptive_yoda
perceptive_yoda

Big deal,  EA managed to charge 60$ per game and sold over 1 million units of Battlefield 4 in its alpha stage.

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

That is insane. I was worried that the Dayz craze was far behind us but it seems people want more. The standalone beta is looking pretty good so far and now that it was such a crazy success they can confidently get the game rolling.


Dean Hall is a great dev, he is very open and transparent about the whole process. He has made a good rep for himself so it is awesome to see it get rewarded like this.

shingui5
shingui5

Bloody hell. I like the concept of early access, but for this amount of people to buy a game that isn't finished, when there are plenty of other games that are finished and in a better state, is mind boggling. 

deadpeasant
deadpeasant

Dayz is a great concept and It will end up being a great game. But Charging for an alpha looks like the start of a slipery slope to me. I can't say that valve are wrong to do it because they have a very clear warning of this on the game's description so it's buyer beware there, and I can't blame players for wanting to play it either since the game is great. But I worry that this games success could see many more game developers follow suite in the future and the release of paid for, buggy alphas could become widespread. That is worrying.

Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

This game is so much fun to play . It's surprisingly good , so addicting . Hopefully with the money they got with steam early access , they'll hire new people to speed up the development and make the game even better . Lot of bugs ATM but you can see the potential .

porcupeth123
porcupeth123

Good job dumbells! Keep buying overhyped buggy alphas instead of truly great games that struggle to even reach the top sellers! Way to go!

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

that alt button is amazing in the real ARMA 2 game also. Being able to look around without moving your gun is awesome.

RC-Sev
RC-Sev

Get it while it's cheaper!

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

in 6 months time it will be way better. bare in mind you need a decent rig to run ARMA 2 engine. 3.0Ghz Quadcore minimum. they should fully include dinosaurs to . I personallly think ARMA on max graphics looks way more realistic than BF4. But thats just my opinion.Like i feel like its a real place, not just a game. Something i love about ARMA the game also. 

groowagon
groowagon

@csward this game is FAR from "anything zombie". it's a survival simulator, where zombies are only a small factor (atleast in my opinion). the attraction lies in the complete freedom where you explore the huge game world, scanvenge for supplies and encounter other online players. just trying to survive as long as possible.


i'm personally sick and tired of the whole zombie-craze, but this is something completely different.

brunorr
brunorr

@nurnberg PC gaming starts everything, good or bad. Now go play your FPS's and open world games that started on PC 20 years ago.

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

@zenstrataI wasn't sure about it before, but now I definitely want to play it.

zenstrata
zenstrata

@vadagar1 If you want something like stalker, check out a game called Survarium.  Survarium is basically a game made by the same people who worked on the stalker series, who took the assets for the new stalker which was cancelled and made it into a new game.

Day Z however is nothing like stalker.  Not in the slightest.

Kr3isen
Kr3isen

@perceptive_yodaDayz may not sell 10 mil like BF but do keep in mind that it grew out of a mod while BF had 400+ people working on it for years, that shit costs money. All these titles from small devs pull in almost nothing but profit becouse they werent built with a MASSIVE budget.


ghost59
ghost59

@porcupeth123 this is pc not console. get over urself.  we are the only  people that supports  indies 

arqe
arqe

@RC-Sev yeah it'll be 5$ on steam 1 month after release.

postalsam
postalsam

@nyran125tk Chernarus is a real place, that's why it feels like one :)

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

@groowagon @csward 


oh please!  I love how people keep trying to paint euphemisms all over the obvious.  Its a zombie game, period.  I bet you call your job "order technician' at the McDonalds Drive Thru.

aborgraffiti
aborgraffiti

 @aborgraffiti  Eh whenever gamespot reported on the number of signatures the PC version had the majority of console players said that pc users would just pirate it. Here's some quotes:


"I wonder how many of those signatures of people will actually buy the game or just pirated It so that rock star will lose thousands of dollars if they actually do make a pc version"


"For every 100 pirated copies of a console game there's 10,000 pirated copies of the PC version."


"500,000+ signatures, 50,000 actually buy the game lol. That's why companies don't like to put out PC versions of games, Far easier to pirate them instead of paying for it."


those are comments from the articles

DaneXL
DaneXL

@brunorr What good open world game was on PC back in '94?  Seriously?

zenstrata
zenstrata

@Techtroll single player is different from online play.  I never played gta 5 online, nor do I plan to.

shingui5
shingui5

@carolino @shingui5 

it's not about being perfect, it's about being in a state that is slightly better than 'just playable'. 

brunorr
brunorr

@DaneXL @brunorr Just from my memory, TES: Arena and Ultima VII, which was a more complete sandbox than probably any RPG you will find today.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@zenstrata @Techtroll It isn't bad. I tried it the other day. You can just keep to yourself but sooner or later someone will take you out for no real reason. And there isn't really a lot to do by yourself. And since everyone else seems just do whatever the hell they want which is rarely the same as you are doing, it is a little hard to earn the big bucks from heists or anything. So you just have to settle for petty crime and hoping people don't make you spend tonnes of cash by killing you over and over.

carolino
carolino

@shingui5people are talking good things about this game for ages ..dosen´t sound like " just playable " to me


epic battle cry folks even have the mod in there top 10 of 2014