DayZ Sells Over 1M Copies In 4 Weeks

DayZ's standalone game has sold over 1 million copies in just four weeks.

The undead are, like, so hot right now.

With the success of The Walking Dead, World War Z and Dead Rising, should it really come as a surprise that another zombie-related video game is doing well? In the case of Bohemia Interactive’s DayZ, it actually does.

Within just four weeks of the game’s release on Steam Early Access, the open-world zombie survival game has sold over 1 million copies. For a game that’s still in the early stages of alpha testing, that’s impressive. Dean Hall, the game’s creator, made the announcement on Twitter yesterday evening.

Hall says the figures are “way, way beyond” what he ever expected.

“We're just blown away with the success of it,” Hall told Polygon. “We obviously knew that there was strong interest in the concept, but weren't sure whether that interest was just ‘hype’ or whether it would actually translate into real sales. I remember when we finally pushed the button, I had this moment of panic when I wondered if many people would really buy it.”

Turns out Hall had no reason to worry. DayZ has stayed at the top of Steam’s best sellers list since it’s release on December 16th, and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. Rust, another open-world survival game still in alpha, currently holds spot number two; a phenomena Hall says is “shots fired” against traditional game publishing.

DayZ alpha is available on Steam for $29.99, but comes with a warning to expect “serious issues and possible interruptions of game functioning.” Beta is not expected to be released until the end of 2014. 

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Published Jan. 14th 2014
  • Richard Whelchel
    Is it just me, or does Day Z feel like less of a zombie game, and more of a "survival against your conditions and fellow humans" post apocalyptic simulator? I've been killed by starvation and bandits more times than actual zombies.

    Given these massive sales, I still can't comprehend how beta isn't expected until the end of this year. Still though, for a game that is in its early Alpha stages, it is a fun and playable experience -- one where I've logged almost 24 hours in just two weeks.
  • Lauren Puga
    Featured Columnist
    Definitely. I find myself running away from other people more than anything else in the game.
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    That's pretty much the sense I'm getting from reviews. Everyone I've talked to that has played it describes it as such.
  • ColinS
    How is that not TWD season 2 promotion art? Oh, the shack. Come on you, DayZ! I get you were a mod but not anymore!
  • Lauren Puga
    Featured Columnist
    I think it's clever :)
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    Haha, love that quote. Shots fired against traditional game publishing.

    I'm waiting patiently for both DayZ and Rust to get a little more complete and go on sale. Definitely going to buy both at some point.
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    Same here regarding "completion".

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