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'DayZ' passes 800k in sales but creator suggests waiting a month to buy

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DayZ is quietly closing in on one million copies sold and it's not even complete. (Bohemia Interactive)

The stand-alone edition of DayZ is not even close to complete but its sales on Steam are off to a phenomenal one-month start with more than 800,000 copies sold. Despite this, creator Dean Hall gave a fan a suggestion Sunday that he's better off waiting until the end of January before buying the survival-horror game.

"We (bohemia and I) had very ambitious plans for 2014 already, however this amount of sales was completely unexpected," Hall wrote in a Reddit thread about the DayZ sales numbers. "Honestly, 250k within a quarter was what I would have considered a success. So to move nearly 800,000 in under a month is crazy.

"We'll be finalizing our roadmap in mid January, but it is safe to say that this kind of result will be having a very positive effect on that roadmap."

The successful sales of the game has clearly not gone to Hall's head though as he's still very adamant that the game's current alpha state is not the best representation of his vision. When a gamer asked if he should go ahead and jump in now, Hall suggested he wait.

"My recommendation would be to wait for about a month. January offers us a good chance to clear up the most critical bugs and begin our server optimization, this will round out the gameplay substantially for what is currently there," Hall responded before further explaining why.

"However I think the 'real' fun will come when we start implementing the new items on our roadmap, such as vehicles, gardening, hunting, etc... and that comes after our work now."

"Also, the price will not increase (or decrease) within the next few months, so it's not like you will be saving money by buying it now," Hall continued.

DayZ is available on Steam for $29.99 as part of the service's Early Access Program where developers can play a game while it is still in development. As the game gets closer to release, the price is expected to go up.

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