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'DayZ' attracts 88,000 players willing (or not) to brave bugs

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The stand-alone version of DayZ was finally released Monday but in a buggy alpha state as part of the Steam Early Access program. A combination of people willing to accept the bugs and others not realizing what all the warning text was about resulted in more than 88,000 people downloading the PC zombie survival-horror game.

"88.000 survivors have joined Dayz Alpha in the first 12 hours. Thank you," Bohemia Interactive's Marek Spanel wrote on Twitter.

According to creator Dean Hall, 200 players were appearing in the database for DayZ every second following its release. Meanwhile, the game quickly climbed to be one of the top viewed games streamed on Twitch. This has obviously put a strain on the availability of server slots for players and the performance of the game. New servers are being rolled out as fast as possible though.

The first patch for the game is already in the works to hopefully improve performance and start nailing down various bugs and glitches with the game. Hall admits that the zombie population is being kept low initially until the performance of the game is improved.

Humorously, some people that bought DayZ missed the multiple warnings that were listed on the game's Steam Early Access page and the warning / user agreement that is displayed when the game first starts. The Steam Forum for the game is already filled with complaints about the buggy state the game was released in.

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