The moment many survivors have been waiting for is finally here as the standalone version of popular ArmA 2 mod DayZ is now officially available on Steam Early Access
in a surprise release to the world.
Originally launching in 2012 as a spin-off mod for popular army strategy FPS ArmA 2, DayZ gained mass appeal very rapidly with over one million people to date having played the mod. Creator Dean "Rocket" Hall announced at the end of 2012 that a standalone version was in the works that would bring together what the mod made popular in a more cohesive design, allowing further support for grand ideas like building bases or better zombie AI.
Those looking to purchase the game will find that DayZ Standalone is available at $29.99
, though Hall recently stated that he will adopt the business model of games like Minecraft, with the price increasing as it moves from Alpha, to Beta, to Release. As always with Early Access games on Steam, Hall has provided a stern warning that the game is far from finished, and will contain a multitude of bugs. Servers especially are currently locked down, with users unable to host their own at all.
"DayZ Early Access is your chance to experience DayZ as it evolves throughout its development process. 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.”