DayZ sells 1.7 million copies, opens another studio in Slovakia

The new studio, which is experienced with hunting games, will work on adding animals to DayZ.

Bohemia Interactive sold 1.7 million copies of DayZ’s standalone version and has opened a new studio in Bratislava, Slovakia, creator Dean Hall has announced.

Hall revealed the news live on stage at EGX Rezzed 2014, where he also said that the game’s original Arma 2 mod has now been downloaded more than 2 million times.

Bohemia Interactive Slovakia will employ the staff, facilities, and technologies of developer Cauldron, but Bohemia isn’t calling it an acquisition. “In 2013, Bohemia Interactive opened a new studio in Bratislava, Slovakia - as part of the Czech company's portfolio of next-generation game development studios," Bohemia said in a statement to Eurogamer. "The new studio is composed by former recruits from the successful Slovak studio Cauldron, and has acquired selected Cauldron facilities and technologies.”

Cauldron worked on several hunting games in the last few years, including Cabela’s Big Game Hunter 2012. That makes sense because, last week, Hall said in a post to DayZ’s development blog that Bohemia added an entire new team based in Bratislava to work on adding animals to DayZ, as well as improve collisions and zombie pathfinding.

Last month, Hall announced that he will leave Bohemia this year to open a new studio in New Zealand. For more on DayZ, check out our Early Access review of the game.

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38 comments
91210user
91210user

Nooo.. nooo bad news... I'm more of a Hungarian developer fan... I'm a fan of Digital Reality and their games now... open a studio in Hungary. Not Slovakia! Slovakia isn't going to create a game like the Croatian's Croteam developement studio and Serious Sam and etc! Hungarians should make a first person shooter before Slovakia!!

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

ARMA is my favourite shooter right now. Its so good. That editor is amazing. Ive made Ghost recon missions, Battlefield missions, COD missions. I enjoy ARMA so much im going to start posting you tube video tutorials on how to make missions and how to play the game.

webhead1970
webhead1970

I hope this means that they might bring this to the xbox one as well as the ps4. I would so like to play this game.

vadagar1
vadagar1

got star bound and planet explorers both rly good games but im waiting for the next update :P


so i wont get this until its finished, I hate waiting XD

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

I'm actually rather surprised that 1.7 million people are content with playing an unfinished and buggy game. Oh well, each to their own.

panaicman66
panaicman66

Fancy playing this with a virtual headset?....


.....that would be cool

Fabian85
Fabian85

Would like to see some coop mode where a group of people travel from point a to b surviving along the way. More and more dangerous zombies needed for that mode. Also mushrooms berries some that are poisonous. Less clunky physics and gunplay also needed. This will be a real gem once complete. Visuals and survival aspects in it are great. To have that studio working on it makes sense.

kozzy1234
kozzy1234

The latest update with improved zombies (and more of them, also respawning now) has done WONDERS. Also all the new gusn are nice to. Looking forward to bikes, gardening, building and hunting. Already put 260 hours into the standalone, it is improving nicely, especially the last update.

CoRiNi
CoRiNi

Man Steam is flooded with zombie games, FLOODED. 

deth420
deth420

i purchased the game...now im waiting for it to become playable.

HuSSaR83
HuSSaR83

you put zombies in it = big sales ...yes ppl are that dumb. I think its because of Walking Dead series it sells this much even tho I dont watch it, but I know its big. They came out with this game in perfect time

ndmq
ndmq

It needs better more realistic melee system, more zombies, less ammo & guns. More incentive to work together and survive than killing other people.

FilipinoFatty
FilipinoFatty

If it was George Romero style zombies and with a lot of zombies, this game would be better but the sprinting zombies does give make it more fast paced. In reality, if there was sprinting zombies you're FUCKED! 

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

Crazy. I personally would never purchase a game in this early stage. But I do support the community shaping the game as it develops. I think that's a great idea. But I will wait for the final version to make up my mind whether to purchase. And even then I'd probably wait for a sale. 

Mr_BillGates
Mr_BillGates

PVP games sells, regardless how bad the actual game is. Sad time in video gaming.

robertcain
robertcain

It's still a very long way off until the game is ready to be let loose but DayZ is still one of my most wanted PC games which is currently in beta.


It's a long shot but I'd like to see these features added to the game at some point.

1. Full clan/group support (formed organically by players in-game, NOT via menus)

2. Building elements similar to State of Decay (again, done in-game)

3. An overall aim to escape the zombie infested country: This can be done by scrounging materials to power a air vehicle

4. More ways to engage foes eg: spreading disease Walking Dead style

5. Somehow make the zombies just as dangerous as players for an even more tense experience (although that will take YEARS to perfect)

6. NPC bandits which attack groups from time to time which players have to defend against.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

Even with another studio, they still won't fix the completely broken zombies nor the fumbling feeling of trying to maneuver around objects like doorways within the next year.

Pewbert
Pewbert

Lose the zombies and DayZ would be a great survival game. The zombies ruin it for me (bad A.I etc)

West123
West123

@webhead1970  arma 2 is a resource hog it makes high end pcs cry...so i doubt it could ever get to consoles unless they start a new game form the ground up 

bambisss
bambisss

@DamnILoveGames it's an alpha, they also say that you shouldnt buy it unless you want to help them make a better game. if this was a finished game you would be right, but this isnt even a beta it's an alpha

GamezMk
GamezMk

@panaicman66  Then it would change from killing for beans, to killing for the headset. Don't want to die? Get back to real life and mail that thing to me!

benelori
benelori

@HuSSaR83  

Zombies were cool before the tv serie...that's why the tv series got popular in the first place

Kickable
Kickable

@HuSSaR83 oh shut it you snob.  people don't love zombies, they love shooting at anything at all.  in any case it doesn't make them dumb.

hystavito
hystavito

@FilipinoFatty  Yeah there are very few games that do that style of zombie right, slow, not so dangerous in small numbers, but there are loads of them.  I think the big problem is that Romero style zombies just don't appeal to a large audience.  Those early movies had that special thing that makes zombies a unique genre, that slow impending doom of being overwhelmed.  Most zombie stuff takes the approach that I think works for the larger audience, not just zombie "nerds".  That approach is more about fast paced action, jump scare type moments, panic.  My main issue with fast zombies has always been that it eliminates most of what makes zombies unique.  If you speed them up, you get a lot closer to just a generic monster that we see everywhere else.


I realize in a lot of cases, games I mean, it's just not technically possible to make large hordes without sacrificing other things to maintain performance.  But you could still argue that the fact that they put other things above it in importance means they never intended to go for that feel and do want that larger appeal.


I think the game that takes the most "purist" approach to zombies is Project Zomboid.  It's definitely not perfect and doesn't satisfy every condition of purist zombie lore, but I can't think of any game that comes closer.

sblazed
sblazed

@jinzo9988arma engine, personally I dont really like the game due to that, it has incredible potential but the cardbox feel make it all much less enjoyable. it should have been their #1 consideration when starting this standalone imo

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

@bambisss I don't care if it's in alpha or not, it doesn't change the fact that it's broken and 1.7 million people bought it anyway. How am I wrong for saying that!? I'm saying if it were me I'd wait for it to be finished and buy something more complete.

Fabian85
Fabian85

Not the same if you need to hunt and find food and water along the way and set up campfires etc. Plus this is better looking and a huge open world map five times bigger then gta5.

FilipinoFatty
FilipinoFatty

@hystavito  Yeah it does suck how people don't seem to like Romero Style zombies compared to like 28 Days Later zombies. I've played a lot of Project Zomboid and it's a great game but if they improved their graphics then maybe people would like it a lot of more because the graphics is the first thing a person sees and if they don't like that then they will just think it's a bad game and never give it a chance.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

@abcdefgabcdefgz

I wouldn't say the same. Well, they kind of are in the sense the concepts are bad because if the prologue of Metal Gear is anything like early access, other devs are going to follow suit and I can't say I'd like that. 

But on the other hand, Ground Zeroes is done, it's polished, and all the content that's meant to be in that version of the game is there. DayZ, on the other hand, is very unfinished and very buggy but it's going to improve as time goes on ASSUMING nothing goes wrong with the development process. 

Ground Zeroes IS complete, but it's still too much given what's there if you ask me. In the case of DayZ it's silly in the sense that you're saying 'this game is unfinished and in a terrible state but take my money anyway' and that strikes me as stupid, the fact that 1.7 million people have done exactly that.

I will say both demonstrate a detrimental lack of patience in the gaming community, where they're essentially foaming at the mouth for content as soon as possible even if it means the quality in one or more areas suffers, and that's sad.

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

@DamnILoveGames @bambisss yeah its the same people buying metal gear demos for 30 dollars and being happy with that. They are the ones killing off gaming for the smarter people

arrowhead927
arrowhead927

@Fabian85 there was a map like that on Arma 2  before Dayz

A co-op mode called chernarus Days/nights