What once began as a zombie filled, open world, multiplayer mod for ARMA II has now become a ridiculously successful standalone title that’s not even fully completed. Currently in Alpha, the standalone DayZ game has managed to hit the 875,000 sales milestone in only three weeks even though the beta isn’t expected until the end of 2014.
In a recent blog post on the games official Tumblr page, Maruk highlighted that despite the games Early Access status, they’ve seen the game sell 875,000 copies via Steam, pretty impressive considering the current unfinished state of the game. Maruk also revealed that they don’t expect the game to reach Beta status “sooner than the end of 2014.”
“The level of support and confidence we have received from the DayZ community makes us even more dedicated to the game than we were in the past 16 months of DayZ standalone development,” said Maruk, adding, “We’re very surprised to see such interest as this clearly is not a game for everyone.”
The team at Bohemia Interactive are now hard at work fixing and tweaking “the most critical problems [players are] experiencing” in the current build of the game, and expect the game to evolve a lot during 2014.
If you’re keen to follow the progress of DayZ and plan to attend EGX Rezzed in Birmingham this year, you’ll be pleased to know that Dean Hall will deliver a “special” developer session and interview at the event on Friday March 28th at 1pm (UK time) followed by a live interview including Q&A on Sunday at 5pm. You can buy EGX Rezzed tickets here.