Bohemia Interactive has announced that sales for the standalone version of zombie survival MMO DayZ have reached 3,000,000.
The standalone version of DayZ, which is still in its alpha phase on Steam, is based on the original ARMA 2 mod by Dean Hall.
In the game, players attempt to survive against zombies and other players in the fictional post-Soviet country of Chernarus.
It’s been just over a year since the DayZ standalone was released on Steam Early Access.
The studio thanked its customers on its blog with Project Lead David Durcak stating his own appreciation for the fanbase:
“We would like to say thank you to every single one of the three million players, that have joined us on the journey of making DayZ. You all have helped make DayZ the best open world, zombie survival game.”
Behind the Scenes
DayZ One Year Anniversary Development Video
There was concern by some DayZ fans about the game when Dean Hall announced his decision to leave the project in 2014 after working on its development for nearly two years.
But while Dean Hall has gone on to create his own studio, Rocketwerkz, development of DayZ has continued.
The DayZ team has been extremely open about the progress of the game going so far as to release their 2015 development plan schedule to the public last month and give weekly status updates via the game’s blog and forums.
According to Bohemia Interactive, one of the largest changes in the development of the game was rewriting its engine to provide render upgrades and make use of DirectX 11.
The new engine, Enfusion, will steadily be replacing Real Virtuality and the developers claim that Enfusion will make it easier to create official content and modifications for not only the team but other content creators.