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3 million people paid to be jerks in DayZ

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I’m not a fan of the early access model, because I just don’t like the idea of paying developers for an unfinished, product. Jokes on me these days, I suppose – because even full retail games are released in an unfinished state. Still, it seems like the model works – at least for some. It’s certainly worked for ArmA and DayZ developer Bohemia Interactive.

“We would like to say thank you to every single one of the three million players that have joined us on the journey of making DayZ,” project lead David Durcak said (via Videogamer). “You all have helped make DayZ the best open world, zombie survival game. This is an amazing achievement, and we are really looking forward to start sharing with you all of our game design improvements, anti-hack solutions and other optimizations we have been working on for a majority of the last year.”

It’s scheduled for release at some point next year, with eventual console releases too. Durack’s promised that the game will be getting a host of new improvements soon, including a much-needed anti-hacking solution. The game hit early access in December 2013 and sold a million early access copies in just a month. By May the next year, it had sold a further million, and it has now reached 3 million. One day, in 2028 when the game is actually commercially released, it may sell a few million more copies.

Years on, and the game is still a little rough around the edges – but it’s one of the few places a gamer can be left to fend for themselves in a digital wilderness. Ok fine, there’s Rust and War Z and H1Z1. Yeah, Bohemia had best hurry up.

Last Updated: January 26, 2015

31 Comments

  1. Tosh MA

    January 26, 2015 at 15:03

    10 million pay to be virgins in WoW.
    DayZ aint got nothing on that. 😉
    Trololol

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      January 26, 2015 at 15:07

      One game is helping the Chinese fight the scourge of overpopulation.

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    • RustedFaith

      January 26, 2015 at 20:15

      3 million suckers and I am one of them 🙁 After playing the game over 300 hours its safe to say that they are moving backwards in development. Every time they fix something they break 4 other things and so the cycle continues.

      I stopped playing when the zombies was invisible. Epoch Arma 3 and Breaking Point are much better games and its done by a few guys for free. Once you play any of the above mods you start to realize how the Dayz guys have no clue what they are doing.

      Then that sad realization hits you like a train, you got suckered into thinking it is getting better.

      The Arma 3 Dayz mods pushes out more bug fixes in a week than Dayz does in a year and that says allot for 4 guys compared to a entire studio at BI.

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  2. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    January 26, 2015 at 15:05

    Poor bastards, if only they knew you can be a jerk on Twitter for FREE!!

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    • Tosh MA

      January 26, 2015 at 15:06

      Simply search GamerGate, and have at it. 😀

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      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        January 26, 2015 at 15:07

        I raise you one DiscordianKitty and throw in a Shanley for a combo attack.

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        • Tosh MA

          January 26, 2015 at 15:08

          I’m almost too afraid to search O_O

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          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            January 26, 2015 at 15:08

            Please do, they’re hilarious.

          • ReaperOfSquirrels

            January 26, 2015 at 16:53

            DO IT!

        • Blood Emperor Trevor

          January 26, 2015 at 15:12

          Why am I picturing a kitten playing an accordion?

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          • HairyEwok

            January 26, 2015 at 15:13

            I was picturing a disco kitty playing an accordian :/

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            January 26, 2015 at 15:13

          • Tosh MA

            January 26, 2015 at 15:14

            How the actual f?
            Anyways, it’s typical sensationalism, and the other one just outright stops anyone from following. But the description she says she’s “not a very nice girl”. Lol.

  3. HairyEwok

    January 26, 2015 at 15:11

    I bought the early access. Thought it would be a great game to play/test. Then the bugs appeared and I succeeded in tolerating it, but then I met the people who you have to share the server with. Let’s just say I haven’t played the game longer than 4 hours long in the last 6 months. If I could get my money back I would gladly take it.

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      January 26, 2015 at 15:18

      I suppose it was intended to help smaller companies beta test their games, but still allow them to get a steady revenue stream in, in practice it’s opened the door to every Tom, Dick and Harry with a crummy, broken title to peddle their broken wares, while pocketing our hard-earned monopoly Randzumas.

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  4. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    January 26, 2015 at 15:11

    I agree with old man Geoff, the early access model is a steaming pile. It shifts the risk from the developer’s back onto the consumer’s. I don’t like that. It just opens up the door for shadiness and incomplete or extremely broken games.

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    • Admiral Chief

      January 26, 2015 at 15:20

      You know it really looks suspicious that the day you “return” to Lagz is the day I’m not on

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      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        January 26, 2015 at 15:21

        Dude, we’ve already established it, you’re the guy pretending to be a banana, while actually being the Chief Banana.

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        • Admiral Chief

          January 27, 2015 at 07:48

          Yes, my banana is quite chiefly indeed

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      • ReaperOfSquirrels

        January 26, 2015 at 16:54

        I’m seriously hoping you’re not ANOTHER one of Jim’s personalities.

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        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          January 26, 2015 at 20:41

          The plot thickens!

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  5. Nahuel Graziani

    January 26, 2015 at 15:39

    Y’all pretty pessimistic.

    I played the mod extensively and couldn’t wait to jump on the standalone. Put about 500 hours into the standalone before taking a break a few months back. The $20 I paid on early access release has paid itself off many times over since.

    I’ve had more amazing experiences in this game than any game ever before. From intense firefights, to meeting awesome and funny people, to holding people up and making them sing the Timothy Traddle theme song. It’s been a crazy ride, with lots of crazy dudes and tons of crazy memories.

    This game caters to everyone’s individual needs. You want to be all super-coordinated and play the game like a military sim, you totally can. If you want to run around and shoot people in the face constantly like it’s Call of Duty or Quake, you totally can. Or if you’re like me and just want to seek out player interaction, that’s cool too.

    Sure, the game’s got more bugs than Klendathu. Sure, there’s dicks that will shoot you for no reason and others that thrive on your suffering and grief, but past all that, there’s an awesome games that is really intense and entertaining with the right group of friends.

    That’s my DayZ circlejerk for the week quota all filled up.

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    • Spathi

      January 26, 2015 at 15:47

      If they used the Arma 3 engine, I would’ve gone for it. I’m rather enjoying the Epoch mod on Arma 3 currently. Not sure that the Standalone will be the bees knees once it releases in a year’s time as they are getting competition from everywhere now.

      But yeah, the amount of fun I had with the mod (original mod) was immense!

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      • Kromas Votes LAG WCMovie Event

        January 26, 2015 at 15:59

        H1Z1 = CoD with P2W (or at least pay for a chance of winning)
        Rust = CoD with base building

        The only real contender (minus realism) is 7 Days to Die.

        That being said they are improving H1Z1 at a rapid pace. Too bad it still feels like CoD and not a survival game.
        How is Arma 3 Epoch as Epoch mod was awesome?

        Also my Dying light pre-load is done yay!

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        • Spathi

          January 26, 2015 at 16:11

          I really like the Epoch mod, and the Arma 3 engine actually feels like something not made in the 90s!

          Yeah, I’m keeping my eyes on H1Z1, hopefully it will turn out okay.

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      • RustedFaith

        January 26, 2015 at 20:08

        What servers do you play in on, I play allot on the SYO server.

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        • Spathi

          January 27, 2015 at 11:27

          I played a bit on the local servers at the start just to get into things, but later on only played on international servers. I haven’t played for almost 4 months now though, too little time and too many games. Would like to get into things again though.

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          • RustedFaith

            January 28, 2015 at 13:08

            Cool whats you nick we are a group of about 5 people that playes. I will keep an eye open for you then you can join us if you want.

          • Spathi

            January 28, 2015 at 14:25

            Awesome! I play under “Akira” usually. Do you use RusetedFaith in game?

  6. Wyzak

    January 26, 2015 at 15:54

    7 days to die deserves a mention.

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  7. Kromas Votes LAG WCMovie Event

    January 26, 2015 at 16:02

    I have never been a jerk in DayZ. Except that one time I shot a guy to test a gun.And that other time I wanted to test cuffs on a friend and did not realize you don;t get the keys with. Oh and that one time I tested the new V3S by cruising over bambis in Cherno ….. Oh damn. 😛

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