Bohemia: DayZ to Remain in Alpha Through the End of 2014
Early access DayZ is filled with more bugs, glitches, and problems than zombies. And it appears it will be in that extremely rough state for a long time coming.
In a post on the official DayZ Blog, Bohemia Interactive boss Marek Spanel once again advised potential early adopters not to shell out $30 for the survival sim unless they clearly understand what playing in an early alpha entails.
So just how long should patient DayZ fans wait? Pretty much until 2015. Spanel said DayZ will not be ready for beta (let alone full release) until the “end of 2014.”
The warnings – credit to Bohemia for repeatedly and explicitly stating DayZ is currently a hot mess — have done little to deter gamers. Since its early access launch on December 16, DayZ has been at the top of the Steam best seller list. In fact, I just check and, yep, still No. 1.
That impressive run has included some pretty remarkable milestones: 172,500 copies of DayZ sold in the first 24 hours for a whopping $5 million in revenue; 400,000 copies in the first week for $12 million; and there are currently more than 800,000 survivors in Chernarus. That’s a cool $24 million in revenue for Bohemia in just three weeks — for a game that is, in its current state, nearly unplayable.
I’m in on DayZ early access, and while there are glimpses of the terrific, tense experience Dean Hall first created with the DayZ Arma 2 mod, it is currently an immensely frustrating slog. You don’t so much play DayZ early access as suffer through its many, many problems. Again, Bohemia has been up front about this all along, but I just wanted to give you hands-on confirmation that yes, you should not buy DayZ yet unless you are prepared to have a really tough time in zombie land.