The DayZ mod for Arma 2 has sold a million copies (you need Arma 2 to play DayZ), and the viral popularity has seen the next entry in the title transition into a full title. Bohemia Interactive is developing the game, with the mod’s creator as the project lead.
Blown away by the Arma 3 preview, and want DayZ to use the engine? Well you’re in lucky: the developer has announced the mod is to be become standalone
The popularity of the zombie open world survival horror title DayZ seemed to suddenly happen, despite the game’s lack of polish. The mod is now becoming a standalone title, the developer has announced.
Development of the mod will continue alongside development of the new game. There won’t be a long wait, seemingly: players will be able to pre-order the game and get access to the alpha. Similar to Minecraft, the game will quickly be iterated until it’s ready for release. The alpha access will be heavily discounted, presumably rising to a more usual retail price around release.
DayZ has been praised for its innovation in the zombie and first-person shooter genres, two areas of the gaming industry that are pretty stagnant. The reason for the comments is because the game is based around survival. You have to continually find food and drink, monitor body temperature, can faint from blood loss, and will break bones if continually abused.
The game is also unique for combining these elements, and then having roleplaying a key aspect. You could literally be walking around the world, and having players offer you a lift. Whether they’re looking to mug people, or offer you a hand, is down to your sense of judgement.
DayZ has been a proponent of the sales Arma2 has seen since the mod’s release, despite the title being two years old. The game has around 1 million unique users, and has contributed to a similar number of copies of Arma 2. Pretty incredible.
It’s a story of a mod turning into a full retail titles. Counter Strike is probably the first notable mod to become a title – the third entry in the franchise, Counter Strike: Global Operations, arrives August 21 – while DotA spawned the series. The sequel is currently in beta.