It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally here. Dean “Rocket” Hall has finally unleashed the standalone version of DayZ to the world. It’s still incomplete and is listed as an early access alpha available for $30 on Steam and on the Bohemia Interactive store.
It started as a zombie mod for Arma II that became an overnight phenomenon. It was so popular that Bohemia Interactive, the developers of the Arma-franchise, offered Hall the opportunity to create a standalone version with the company.
“DayZ Early Access is your chance to experience DayZ as it evolves throughout its development process. Be aware that our Early Access offer is a representation of our core pillars, and the framework we have created around them. It is a work in progress and therefore contains a variety of bugs,” Hall says. “We strongly advise you not to buy and play the game at this stage unless you clearly understand what Early Access means and are interested in participating in the ongoing development cycle.”
The current release includes the entirety of Chernarus, the new inventory and crafting system, weapon and clothing customization, as well as 40-player servers and persistent player profiles. The Steam page for the game lists playable vehicles, player-created constructions, as well as interface and graphics updates among a slew of other planned features.