The wait is finally over. The psychological survivor mod, turned official game, has gone live. Let the survival begin.
After a long road of redesigns, server optimizing and countless tests, leading to several delays, early access to Dean “Rocket” Hall’s DayZ Standalone has officially released today. Retailing for $29.99, DZSA is currently available through Steam and the official DayZ site.
“Early access is your chance to experience DayZ as it evolves throughout its development process,” said Bohemia Interactive on the game’s Steam Store page. “Be aware that our early access offer is a representation of our core pillars, and the framework we have created around them.”
In DayZ’s current state (alpha) players can expect the full Chernarus map, up to 40 players per map, an upgraded inventory, crafting, and weapon and clothing customizing. The important thing to remember is that these features, in addition to others not yet implemented, are subject to change. Unfortunately, but not surprising, vehicles have not made it into the game yet, but are expected further down the line and will feature customizable options.
The DayZ development team strongly warns purchasers to not buy the game unless they fully understand what the early access experience is and have an interest in the game’s ongoing development.
For those unfamiliar, DayZ is a zombie apocalypse survival game, where you must ration food, water and gear to live as long as possible. The undead are controlled by AI, while all other survivors are played by human players. The 230 sq km map is derived from a post soviet state, with towns, villages, swamps, islands and forests.
If you want to be a part of the development process and have the cash to spend, get in on the action now, explore the new DayZ (alpha) experience.