Zombie survival game Day Z sells 400,000 copies in first week

Bohemia Interactive's open-world game reaches new sales milestone.

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More than 400,000 people bought a copy of Bohemia Interactive's open-world zombie survival game Day Z in the week after it launched on December 16, the publisher has announced. The game sold 88,000 copies in 12 hours, and went on to move 172,500 copies in its first full day.

An alpha version of the game is available today through Steam Early Access for $30 or from the developer's website for €21.96. Sales of this level means Day Z has already generated millions in worldwide revenue--and it isn't even finished yet.

"Please be aware that our Early Access offer is a representation of our core pillars, and the framework we have created around them," Bohemia said about the current state of Day Z. "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."

According to the latest available data from Steam, more than 37,000 people are playing the game right now. At peak, more than 43,000 people played the game simultaneously, pushing the Day Z servers "to their limits," Bohemia said.

For more on Day Z, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

128 comments
bernard978
bernard978

Once they sell it away from Steam, I'll buy it.

Rhys4Peace
Rhys4Peace

This is absolute crap. I expect bugs and gltiches and optimisation errors all around when i buy into early access. But this? This isn't early access; it's 30 fucking dollars for a goddamned pre-alpha. I have high hopes for this game in the future, but jesus, dean and his team are absolute cunts for charging this price for something less than an alpha.

TERMINATOR-SSD
TERMINATOR-SSD

What would be amazing if the game started with ZOMBIES. Yes its a alpha but there is far too much on sight killing and little to hardly No Zombies. 


I hope something like a mission generator happens where each person has a phone and small pop ups happen telling the player that someone needs helping 'could be npc or real player' or a building needs reinforcing and groups of real players can help out for rewards. Sort of like how the game Contagion works, which i am enjoying more. 


The game also needs MORE zombies Alot more. But it will take a long time before anything like this happens. I still think the overall Hype is the main selling point for DayZ, there are other games out there that are just as fun 'Contagion and Nether for example'. And i still think DayZ alpha has been released too soon for public, should've been done in closed alpha first.

Mr_BillGates
Mr_BillGates

"Zombie survival" my anus. This game is Player-Survival with zombies gimmicks in the background at best. Gameplay is PVP, PVP, PVP, and even more PVP.

Marky360
Marky360

LOL well at least Bohemia was kind enough to tell ppl they will be buying a unfinished product. Most companies like EA and Bethesda usually just let you figured it out after spending all that money on the game.

cctv100
cctv100

Looks pretty good, though character model seems a bit weird, how large the world is?

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@bouchart 

Times changed, dude - more people nowadays are willing to pay game-makers to play-test their games with.

Fancy sells - not value.

billlabowski
billlabowski

I love the comments from unhappy console peasants. #envy

bouchart
bouchart

$30 for a buggy alpha of a game where you go around hiking and shooting one another to steal their canned beans?

aborgraffiti
aborgraffiti

It's at 750,000 now and they gain ~40,000 new players a day.


To all the people complaining about the developer, he didn't try to scam anybody like "the warZ/ survival stories" did it's simply a way for people to take part in the development process, he clearly says that over and over again if you don't want bugs just wait. I personally bought it and have already put in 19 hours it's fun as hell even with the bugs.

BravoOneActual
BravoOneActual

Hey, I love Bohemia, so if it takes zombie fad driven johnny-come-lately's to finally recognize and support this great developer, I guess it's better late than never.



el_danny_m
el_danny_m

There seems to be a lot of people who don't seem to understand what this game is, or why a whole lot of gamers bought this game at early alpha. It's quiet simple really; this game is a true survival horror game, where there are no scripted events. There is danger literally awaiting for you in every corner, and no place is safe. Everything can be explored in this game, and the open sandbox game play of this game literally adds an infinite amount of time in replay. Nothing ever happens in the same way. Hell I don't trust anyone in this game when I play by myself when all of my friends are offline. Strangers in this game are more dangerous than the zombies themselves. When I do bump into other survivors I intimidate them. I make them stay in place and keep my rifle aimed at them at all times until they either back off, and if they try to get smart, I just shoot them right there and then. Yes this game has some bugs, I've experienced some myself BUT it is actually more stable than A LOT of the Arma 2 DayZ mods out there! I mean look at Breaking Point, it was more unstable when it came out than that of DayZ Standalone.


So in my opinion this $29.99 early access is a deal, especially at the fact that the price for this game IS GOING UP when it enters beta; and WILL GO UP AGAIN once it is 100% complete. Once you buy the Alpha, you own the game. I'd rather buy it now at $29.99 than at release for $49.99. I also would like to part take in the building of the game itself. I view it as an opportunity to help out and make this game even better than what is already going to be.

holtrocks
holtrocks

Currently up to 751,060. Source: dayzgame.com

nurnberg
nurnberg

Lol, 400 000 people paid for a game in alpha stage.  This is ridiculous!  I didn't know gamers were that dumb.  Way to encourage companies like EA to release unfinished garbage.

perceptive_yoda
perceptive_yoda

Im selling a game, its really cool, its still in its alpha stages, its call "dot"

Plo_Koon_basic
Plo_Koon_basic

DayZ is great, glad I got it to do some testing as they do updates. But I wish everyone would stop killing on site, it makes the survival aspect less fun and exciting. like today I ran into a guy who had nothing ( new spawn) and he tried to attack me with his fists, when I had a shovel. lol

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

This is the real one right?  Not that disgusting rip off?

shreddyz
shreddyz

30$ to play a buggy alpha? wow isn't the zombie theme kind of played out already? 

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

Dean said it was coming to PS4 so it would be pretty sweet if they could put out an alpha on the PS4 so we can stress test that infrastructure.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Rhys4Peace I agree but it's not as if you ever have to pay for the game again.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Mr_BillGates Wah? The zombies aren't the point. No one gives a fuck about zombies, you're terrible if zombies kill you.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@cctv100 About 200 square kilometers. With no vehicles yet - takes literally over an hour to run across the map.

aborgraffiti
aborgraffiti

@AggrandizedUser Maybe you were watching the mod or something because there's zombies in every town and weapons and food aren't that had to find, go to any military base and you'll get a m16.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@bouchart Well, I killed 2 people last night because they killed my roommate. And it was glorious the things we took from their corpses. Found 10 canteens on top of the ones we already had, and shit loads of food/ 60 round mags/medpacks.

crazywolf5150
crazywolf5150

@bouchart Nah, I usually kill people for their weapons, ammo or maybe if they have medical supplies. Canned beans come a dime a dozen, but if I find cereal on them I'm grabbing it. There were a couple times I got a compass off a guy that I killed.

hystavito
hystavito

@aborgraffiti  I think a lot of people don't realize how early of a release this.  I posted this before when it became available, and I'll post it again because I think a lot of people missed it on the Steam page:

"We estimate that reaching Beta version with all key features present will take more than one year from current stage."

frylock1987
frylock1987

@nurnberg 

But for 30 dollars, they will get a game, that will update and add new features through out the year...all for free.

I think thats a better deal then the usually $100 bucks all together you will be forced to spend on a console game and its not to far off DLC.

Grim_Jackal
Grim_Jackal

@nurnbergAny company that releases a game it doesn't intend to finish won't be selling any future games will they? The system works because there are consequences for not meeting consumer expectations. Try using your head.

normanislost
normanislost

@HaloinventedFPS jealousy thy name is HaloinventedFPS also stupid name cause Doom and quake say hello it should be HalomadeconsoleFPSpopular far more accurate

demondogx
demondogx

@Thanatos2k It is the real one, but please keep in mind its still very early in alpha, a lot of features are not in jet, its not fully optimized and bugs will happen, if you cant deal with those kind of things you should not buy it

And if you fell for the warz scam, please do more research before you buy a game, i had to find that out the hard way too a lot of years ago, thrust me the few minutes you take to find out if a game is really good or not will save you a lot of money, and will prevent scumbag companys from makeing a lot of money.

shingui5
shingui5

@Thanatos2k 

The rip off is 'The WarZ', or as it's now been rebranded , 'Infestation: Survival stories' or something. 

So yeah, this is the rela one. 

C_A_G_E
C_A_G_E

@shreddyz Or look at as 30 dollar pre-order and you have the choice to play the game as it is being made. 


They're not just buying the Alpha they are buying the game. You're comment only makes sense if they paid and still had to buy the Beta then final release of the game. 

GhoX
GhoX

@shreddyz ALL the other zombie games are "zombie fairy tales" that paint a rosy picture of what may happen. DayZ is a true simulation of zombie apocalypse - given the space and tools, the people painted the world into the way it is (very very grim).


It's hardly just a game with a "zombie theme". Despite being sold at full price as an alpha that's severely lacking in content, the game has singlehandedly beat even the holiday Steam sales.

HaloinventedFPS
HaloinventedFPS

@WingChopMastaNo he didn't, they said they would consider a next gen version, they never even said PS4 exclusive, i wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft strikes a deal with them to make it Xbone exclusive in the future (like Minecraft)

Rhys4Peace
Rhys4Peace

@Grenadeh @Rhys4Peace That is one of the few things that gives me solace, as i can almost smell the potential littering this game.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@aborgraffiti @AggrandizedUser There are zombies in some towns but a lot of areas are completely devoid of them. I killed about 7 zombies in Vybor last night and I only know of 1 other zombie in the entire town. I'm sure when the game is stable they will add in shit tons of them.


Right now the zombies literally noclip through buildings and floors so having a lot of them would not be good.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@frylock1987 @HaloinventedFPS @WingChopMasta They got rid of patch fees over 6 months ago. Research your bullshit next time you bullshit.