DayZ Hits 900k Players and Proves the Power of Modding

ArmA II continues to ride high on the Steam sales charts, thanks to the massive popularity of the zombie survival mod DayZ.

As Rock Paper Shotgun points out, the mod has surpassed 900,000 players and is approaching the million mark, and that means that Bohemia Interactive has sold a ton of copies of ArmA II three years after the game’s initial release. Of course, DayZ is the exception and not the rule when it comes to modding, but obviously there’s a great deal of power in the mod community.

Sure, you can sell DLC packs for your game, but DayZ and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim show that maybe building a community by allowing people to make cool things on top of your game is a better bet. DayZ is a lightning strike, to be sure, but it also is hugely successful and is on its way to leading to a standalone title. The numbers of Skyrim mods on Steam are enormous. Hell, I’m even looking for a PC copy of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II to try out the newly released Restored Content mod, and that’s a game I already own on console. Maybe making players happy — and loyal, and excited to mess around with your creation — is a better idea than clamping off content and selling new maps every month.

Just saying.

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