DayZ Standalone Sells 2 Million Alpha Copies In 4 Months

Written by Neil Soutter on Sun, May 4, 2014 11:00 AM
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It has been a pretty incredible few months for DayZ developer Bohemia Interactive. DayZ - which started life as a mod for ARMA 2 and was released as a standalone game in December - continues to attract vast numbers of sales in its Early Access Alpha stage.

Lead developer Dean Hall just released the latest sales figures for DayZ Standalone, indicating that the early access title has now racked up over 2 million purchases in the four months since its release …

The game’s Early Access is on sale for £19.99, meaning estimated revenue for DayZ Standalone currently sits around the 40 million mark just days after the ARMA 2 mod version of DayZ celebrated its second birthday.

There has been some scepticism regarding the apparent slow development of the game in Early Access, but it looks like this hasn’t been enough to stop people investing in the game at this early stage. Over the last few years, we’ve seen a big increase in games released with protracted Early Access stages. Kerbal Space Program has been released in Alpha since 2011, whilst the alpha for Prison Architect has been ongoing since September 2012. It seems that investing in a game’s early stages is becoming less and less of a barrier for many gamers as we see developers resorting to increasingly innovative ideas to attract funding for their projects.

What do you think of DayZ Standalone’s impressive sales figures? Do you invest in Early Access games, or do you prefer to wait until the full release of a title?

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16:17 May-04-2014

I just want a car so I don't have to macro a run button just to go from elektro to NE airfield.

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16:06 May-04-2014

WE SHOULD ALL GO BUY DAYZ ON EARLY ACCESS GUYS!!! YEAH, LET'S ALL GO BUY A GAME BEFORE IT'S NOT EVEN FINISHED YET (it's full of hackers and poorly optimized and unfinished in every way) BUT LET'S BUY IT!!! God, I remember when an alpha was something only select testers participated in, for free, to essentially outsource the playtesting. They would give the devs feedback and look for bugs and stuff that was poorly balanced. And they would do it for free. Why the hell are we paying for alphas now?

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21:35 May-04-2014

Sounds to me like the recipe stolen from Minecraft...
But I agree - this is retarded. Finish the game - then sell it, but of course maintain it with patches, bug fixes, etc. Hate the DLC system too. You pay for -60% of the game and DL L8R

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23:04 May-04-2014

Yeah, I hate when they do that with DLC. The thing is, DLC can be used as a way of adding more content to the game later down the line, but a lot of companies today, as you say, seem to be using it as a way to get around their deadline. Mass Effect is an example of both good and bad DLC. Lair of the Shadow Broker for ME2 was a really nice, complete, reasonably priced expansion for ME2, and yet with ME3 they had the horrible prothean DLC. At least the DLC that fixed the ending was free.

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23:08 May-04-2014

What I hate the most, probably, are "DLC" that help you beat the game easier. For example - experience and cash "DLC" in Sleeping Dogs. WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY THINKING WITH THOSE?!

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01:20 May-05-2014

Yeah, it seems hard to find a purpose for that stuff in single-player games. I can understand it in F2Ps and multiplayer games with progression treadmills, but in singleplayer stuff it defeats the entire point of the game. It's just pointless money-grubbing, though I don't expect much more from Square Enix at this point after Deus Ex: The Fall.

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10:54 May-05-2014

True that...

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13:39 May-04-2014

Technically they have only made roughly 28 million pounds because steam takes 30%.

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13:40 May-04-2014

really, that much?

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13:43 May-04-2014

How do you know? I was thinking steam is taking few %

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13:45 May-04-2014

That's insane..man :/

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13:48 May-04-2014

Gabe gotta eat.

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13:50 May-04-2014

And from his looks he need to eat a lot

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15:59 May-04-2014

What does he have to eat. Caviar?

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17:07 May-04-2014

Caviar is not fattening... Probably just eats an entire ranch full of cows per day...

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06:08 May-05-2014

Cows :(

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08:19 May-05-2014

Just so you know, cows are not exactly sweet and cuddly things...

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11:10 May-05-2014

Cows are so adorable and fluffy ;(

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13:57 May-05-2014

Cow, three words... and Gabe... Half life 3 confirmed.
Or just cow simulator i guess!

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12:15 May-04-2014

Best game ever(even it's still Alpha) ♥

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11:53 May-04-2014

Hoping that they will improve the performance, then i could buy this.

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11:17 May-04-2014

I have been wanting to try this but I never have the courage..it seems so..quiet..

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12:16 May-04-2014

well , it's kinda quiet. But it is still good and best thing is that updates are coming every few weeks and make the game better and better.

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13:40 May-04-2014

Yeah? and what is the purpose of the game? I still haven't figured it out lol

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14:25 May-04-2014

The purpose is to survive, find loot and team up or kill other players.. Thats why i like the dayz mod more atm because it has a lot different mods in it. like dayz epoch where you can build a base and do other cool missions with friends.

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11:08 May-04-2014

I'll probably grab in when Beta starts or when it releases

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11:14 May-04-2014

Yeah me too, I still play DayZ mod for arma

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13:38 May-04-2014

Mod is still better than the Alpha (last I played). Beta is far from being achieved at this point especially with the ****ty optimization not to mention Rocket has already stated he is leaving but "will still see production through." Having played the Alpha and Mod, I prefer the mod. By the time the finished product comes out some other (or several brands) will have come out with their own version.

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13:40 May-04-2014

Ok thanks for info

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