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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