172,500 have bought the very broken DayZ alpha

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The DayZ standalone is finally available, but it’s in alpha – and even the game’s developers have warned people to stay away. That hasn’t stopped 172,500 people from ponying up the £20/$30 it’ll cost to access it on Steam’s early access.

Here’s what the game’s page on Steam says. It’s all in caps, so you know they’re being serious.

WARNING: THIS GAME IS EARLY ACCESS ALPHA. 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 GAME FUNCTIONING.

Still, nearly 200 00 people have paid for the thing, with the developers recording 142,403 concurrent players in one go. That’s a remarkable achievement for something that right now, is largely broken. On top of that, bohemia Interactive reckons it’ll be at least another year until the game even hits beta.

Creator Dean Hall really doesn’t recommend you buy the alpha, unless you’re a die-hard fan and want to be a part of the impetus.

“It’s a true-blue alpha. Massive areas of the engine were entirely reworked, involving a large team of people over the last 12 months. Much of what these achievements will enable won’t be seen for many months – so I really plead for anyone who is on the fence to take a skeptical approach – watch streams, read reviews, watch some let’s play and form your opinion. You could always come back to the game in three, six months time and buy it then.

"Buying early will be a recipe for disappointment," he continued. "It’s a chance for those who want to be part of that whole process."

I’m certainly keen on DayZ…but I’m not sure I want to mission through a broken game. If you want it though, you can get it here.

Last Updated: December 18, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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