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'DayZ' stand-alone now on Steam Early Access, developer warns of bugs

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After numerous delays, an alpha version of the open-world zombie-survival horror game, DayZ, was made available Monday for purchase and download as part of the Steam Early Access program. However, the developer wants to remind everyone that the game does come along with serious bugs and other issues given its alpha testing state.

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DayZ is available to purchase on Steam Early Access for $29.99 but does come with the following warning label in all caps just to ensure that gamers do not miss the implications of what they are purchasing.

"Warning: This game is early access alpha," the game's listing declares. "Please do not purchase it unless you want to actively support development of the game and are prepared to handle with serious issues and possible interruptions of the game functioning."

For the unfamiliar, DayZ started out as a mod for ArmA II and quickly gained in popularity thanks to its unique ultra-tough survival mode and the fact that other players were even more dangerous to player survival than the zombie apocalypse. It's popularity literally caused a giants surge in sales of ArmaA II and the developer, Bohemia Interactive, brought creator Dean Hall in-house to create a stand-alone version of the game.

What started out as a simple port that was only going to take a couple of months turned into a massive rewrite of the ArmA II game engine to support a more MMO-like architecture to better support the online experience and reduce impact of hacks.

In between, there was a trip to the Himalayas for Hall, a laughably bad ripoff in The WarZ and lots of drama over when the game will be released.

Now DayZ stand-alone is finally here and players will be able to experience the island of Chenarus with 39 other survivors with a persistent player profile, crafting, weapon customization, customizable clothing and more. The game will be going through constant updates through the alpha release before the beta release happens sometime a year from now with the full release coming sometime after that. However, some of the future features planned include:

  • Playable vehicles
  • Wide variety of native animal life
  • Player created constructions in the environment
  • Extensive interactions with the environment and crafting options
  • Streamlined user actions and interface
  • Upgraded graphics and physics engine (including ragdoll, etc.)
  • Control and animations expanded and improved for fluidity
  • Support of user mods

Hall previously discussed the possibility of DayZ being ported over to the PS4 and Xbox One but that now looks far off based on Hall's comments stating that the game won't even reach beta for another year or more.

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