DayZ standalone gets 88,000 downloads in 12 hours

Alpha version of zombie survival game off to a good start.

The standalone version of open-world zombie survival game DayZ has had 88,000 downloads in the first 12 hours of its alpha release on Steam early access.

Writing on Twitter, Bohemia developer Maruk thanked the community for picking up the game. “88.000 survivors have joined Dayz Alpha in the first 12 hours. Thank you.”

The game’s creator, Dean Hall, also revealed that up to 200 people a second were signing up to the DayZ alpha. “About 200 new players a second at the moment in the database... what the hell....”

The standalone version of DayZ, which is being sold for $29,99, is still in alpha, and Bohemia warns people to steer clear if they expect a bug-free product.

“DayZ Early Access is your chance to experience DayZ as it evolves throughout its development process," reads the game's description. "Be aware that our Early Access offer is a representation of our core pillars, and the framework we have created around them. It is a work in progress and therefore contains a variety of bugs. 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.”

The long-delayed and still in-development DayZ standalone will feature a new client/server architecture, gear deterioration, locational damage, and a new inventory system compared to its original release as a mod for ArmA II.

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daz10x
daz10x

The graphics are not that good

BoromiRwcgeorge
BoromiRwcgeorge

few years ago i was joking that in the future they will be selling literally alpha versions of the game..... now every game is "early access". i cant believe we're so stupid to fell for that. but then again, maybe majority doesnt care that the game is unfinished. in that case i dont get why they are crying after the purchase.

HuSSaR83
HuSSaR83

Zombie running animations are disgusting and thats what you see for 90% of the game bleh

focuspuller
focuspuller

I've met Dean Hall a few times. Really nice guy.

ps3gamer1234
ps3gamer1234

I think No More  Room In Hell is better then this game and that is free.

stealthyninja81
stealthyninja81

Im actually really surprised a big developer didn't snatch this idea after the mod blew up. Even if it wasn't zombies the idea of being put into a ruined world and having to survive with whatever means necessary and no real rules is such a good one.

Karmazyn
Karmazyn

I saw some video gameplay and the game looks intresting, extremely boring but intresting...so the guy on the video was running around some derelict building for 45 minutes, there were no zombies whatsover, the whole place felt deserted. After this eventless exercice he left the building and encountered two living dudes who .... wait for this.....killed him, two other players, branded bandits on the video, had guns and our poor player had axe only....This will satisfy hardcore gamers, but what about zomibes, the game felt liveless....need to wait for full product, hope it will be filled with excitement...

nurnberg
nurnberg

88 000 idiots who enjoy paying for unfinished product.  This is sad.  I bet several developers will notice this and start pulling this crap too.

Hurvl
Hurvl

DayZ is so successful that money practically (b)rains over Dean Hall and Bohemia.

Maveryck69
Maveryck69

I usually download games from the Piratebay but this game is kickass and is only 29.99 so this would be the first game i bought since fallout 3 came out.

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

I'd love this to come out on console, but then I remember The Division is coming out, so it's no big loss really.

ne0182
ne0182

as cool as i think it is and that them putting the warnings on the everything that it is alpha, since when do you pay $30 for an alpha? i know it's fan favourite and i can't wait to play it too, but it seems like they want to keep their unfinished business going for a while. 

yoda101280
yoda101280

Hmm, probably my only issue with this would be the pricing.  Not that $29.99 is super high for a game but that's what I paid for the entire Arma3 game during it's early development.  If this game is just a stand alone using those same assets but polished up nice and professional I'm not sure why the price is what it is.  Suppose it's no concern to me personally as I don't plan to get it but just as an observer and fellow gamer that's what comes to mind.



koawhkaine
koawhkaine

1.) For $29 its easy to get your moneys worth. 2.) Buggy or not, your paying to get to do something new 3.) Its Dayz... seriously.. Dayz. Who isn't gonna pay $29 to get in on this?

BuBsay
BuBsay

Judging by the Steam forums it seems like half those people didn't read the warning that this is a game in alpha stage.


Seriously people, is it so hard to read the words in gigantic bold letters saying "WARNING: READ BEFORE PURCHASE" directly under the buy button? Maybe it's the fact that I'm generally rather poor being a college student but it makes no sense to me how people can throw money away willy-nilly without reading up on something and then complain only after they figure out that they've been an idiot.

hystavito
hystavito

"We estimate that reaching Beta version with all key features present will take more than one year from current stage. All features and plans listed here are subject to change, we may add or remove features as seen fit during development process. "


I saw that yesterday and it surprised me, I didn't think it was that far off.  That would mean that launch of the final is going to be in 2015.

Unholy123
Unholy123

I'm wondering if they've improved their anti-cheat support now

That's what really killed my enjoyment of the Arma II DayZmod was the fact servers weather was "cloudy with a chance of nuclear fire" 


I enjoyed the other elements but the chance of someone joining the server and everyone dies kinda made it pointless to bother trying to do much of anything.


sgt_hunter
sgt_hunter

I wonder if this mod will get mods that lead to the discovery of another game genre that people and game companies go bananas over for 2 years. 

Jacanuk
Jacanuk

Hmm, people are insane 


From the look and feel this is pretty much the same as the free mod so i am amazed that 88k actually bought it.


J0nGalt
J0nGalt

@BoromiRwcgeorge Shut up cry baby. You are literally bitching about a bonus. Don't participate you f**king reject!

I want this, I want to be a part of shaping the games I play. Bring on the early access!

firestarthe
firestarthe

@stealthyninja81 Most developers in gaming don't want to piss on someone else's lawn, a copy cat developer is a horrible PR move, it will instantly spawn haters of the game. Also it would be the corporate investors that would want to do that, not really the developers, and due to this it would prolly be a bad game as there is very little passion behind a copycat game.

shreddyz
shreddyz

@nurnberg yep steam is advertising a ton of early access games presently. You should read the war over that in the Dayz forum. There's a big warning message it's hilarious. ppl are really upset at the terrible state of the alpha as well. 

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

@nurnberg 

If it's any consolation, the real number is over 200K by now. 

damroach
damroach

@nurnberg You sound so ignorant. "Unfinished product"? Well, it may not be finished, but that's what makes it great. It's already amazing in gameplay, and yet they say they are still adding stuff! The people that bought it are showing their support for an amazing developer, who made an amazing free mod, and is making an amazing game that is pretty cheap. It's worth the money, and it's DayZ! You should stop talking because it is obvious you have not given the standalone a go, because it is fun as hell!

daz10x
daz10x

@Maveryck69 I have no reason to pirate the games I can get them cheap enough on steam

Karmazyn
Karmazyn

@XNEXUS666X division does not have zombies in it and it has snow man, loads of snow.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@yoda101280Perhaps they want to limit the amount of people going in because alphas aren't pretty? Perhaps they simply think that they can get away with that price? My cynical side says it's the latter, but my scientific, open-minded side says that the former might also be true.

shreddyz
shreddyz

@koawhkaine  you're joking right? Steam games can be purchased cheaper than that and they are COMPLETE games. Winter sale starts tomorrow so only a fool would toss away $30 to get spawn killed and face the problems that go with it being an alpha- and a poor one at that!

Hurvl
Hurvl

@BuBsayPeople love to complain and refuse to take responsibility for their own actions.

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

@BuBsayYou'd be surprised how many people still don't even understand the meaning of "Early Access" either, even though it's perfectly explained in the FAQ and almost all games mention the current development status in the games' description too. (besides general common sense)


Let's be glad these people exist, it's good for the developers to receive financial backing and for them it's totally OK because they're being honest about the state the game is in. (unlike most "AAA" publishers that keep seelling buggy, unfinished, overhyped, overpriced crap with false advertising)

Owning multiple Early Access titles myself and participating in their development by giving constructive feedback or bringing reproducable bugs to the developers attention, I think it's awesome to be that involved in the development of games I care about, the difference is I understand the meaning of "in development" / "alpha" / "beta" and that I'm in no way entitled to get feature X I request implemented or changed, but I'm fine with that.

Observing the game maturing through its development and being somewhat "constructively involved" is what's attractive in Early Access to me.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@sgt_hunterA total conversion mod of a total conversion mod: modception - mind blown!

stealthyninja81
stealthyninja81

@Jacanuk *sigh*        Its an alpha. Meaning its not done. By a looooonnnnggg way. It even says on the website to not buy it unless you are aware that you are paying money for an unfinished product. Also while a lot of it is the same (what did you expect?) there are a lot of cool improvements, the main ones being the inventory system, the weapon/loot spawns, and being able to use fists, screwdrivers, and other tools when you have no actual weapons.

ziproy
ziproy

@firestarthe @stealthyninja81 The War Z apparently didn't have your clarity. They had to change the name of the game because it was a blatant rip-off of DayZ and people actually confused the two

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

@zardon3001@XNEXUS666X Not so different, open world, MMO type game, infected enemies... Obviously The Division will be a much more polished game, but I do like the slower pace of DayZ, I'll be getting a new PC eventually, just to benefit from a few games like this, I just hate keyboard and mouse for games, it's like being an office fairy at home.

ziproy
ziproy

@shreddyz You do realize you get the finished game too and the ability to develop the game with the developers

koawhkaine
koawhkaine

@jessie82 @koawhkaine I hesitated and didnt buy Ghosts. I didn't hesitate to buy this. I immediately remoted into my home computer and purchased then started the download. I don't know about anyone else, but I really liked the griefing hardcore aspect of Dayz, and look forward to trying this when I get home. Ghosts and BF4 were both just "meh" to me. NO real enthusiasm, no real spark of interest. Just mediocre, whereas, I cant wait to get home and play this, buggy alpha or not.

Jacanuk
Jacanuk

@chibi-acer @Jacanuk Hmm, but didn´t i already do that when i bought ArmA  i sure assumed i did.


I have no intention of supporting some modders who can't make their own stuff.


Jacanuk
Jacanuk

@stealthyninja81 @Jacanuk  Firstly what i said does matter one bit if the mod was in pre,post,pretend Alpha/Beta/Delta 


What i expressed was a general surprise that people would buy a "game" that is pretty much identical to a mod they can get for free and also do pretty much what they want with. Since the orginal developers have given free range.





firestarthe
firestarthe

@ziproy @firestarthe @stealthyninja81 I said most, not all, refering to Zynga, and WarZ which are regarded as the worst of the worst of the industry. thats why I added the second bit of my comment

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

@Jacanuk@chibi-acer

So the hundreds of hours Dean Hall put into making this mod wasn't his own? The hard work and sweat was not his? 

koawhkaine
koawhkaine

@Jacanuk @stealthyninja81 I am not a huge fan of taking 20 minutes to get into a game, crashes, hacks, exploits, BS servers, video issues, and all the other stuff. So in my book, the standalone in Alpha only needs minor improvement to be an already better experience for me