DayZ was originally a mod of Arma II. Now, it’s being sold as a standalone game on Steam. The catch?
It’s not a finished product. It’s being sold through Early Access for $29.99. It’s buggy, it’s incomplete, it’s a work in progress. It’s in alpha.
Since its launch, it’s been the best seller on Steam. It dropped on Dec. 16, 2013. In one month, this alpha-state project sold more than 1,000,000 copies.
Dean Hall, the original DayZ modder and Project Lead on the standalone version, dropped the news on Twitter.
What does this say about the traditional publishing model of PC games? More than likely, it needs to be shaken up.
Other games have found similar success by releasing early in alpha form and selling well before hitting “final” status. You might have heard of one of them… Minecraft?
DayZ won’t be finished until late 2014, but we suspect it’ll sell several million copies between now and then. Have you picked it up?