DayZ has 400k Players, Update to Add Dogs, Traps
The spectacularly popular zombie survival mod Day Z has only been available for about three months, but creator Dean Hall says it has more than 420,000 active players.
Speaking to Eurogamer at the Rezzed Conference in Brighton, England, Hall pegged the number at 420k players and expects it to go up to half a million people using the the mod for ArmA II by next week.
“Currently we’re running 22,000 concurrent at full peak, and 10,000 off peak, which is pretty huge numbers considering the original data structure and system was designed to handle 100 concurrents, and two servers,” Hall revealed during his developer session.
“We now have 1,000 servers. We’re getting 110,000 players in a 24 hour period at the moment.”
Hall says he wants the game, which was essentially a tech demo, to become its own stand-alone product (though he created the mod, he actually works for ArmA II developer Bohemia Interactive). The beauty is in the simplicity — DayZ is an open-world game with no real objectives and nothing to do but fight zombies and work on survival. Players have to deal with blood loss, combating the elements, gathering food, and more than anything, other players, who can choose to help or harm at any moment.
In addition to talking shop about the process of making the mod and its popularity, Hall also revealed some things that are coming in future updates. First up, dogs: namely, German Shepards, Hall said. Second will be bear traps that players can set, both for zombies and, somewhat more disturbingly, for other players.
What do you guys think of DayZ? Are you among the 420,000 people playing?