In other words: bugs. Expect lots of bugs.
The DayZ standalone alpha has seen phenomenal sales in the one month since its release, as Bohemia Interactive confirmed more than 800,000 sales on Steam since. However, Bohemia recently posted on the official DayZ Tumblr that the game is still in the alpha stage and will stay that way for quite a while. In fact, it won’t exit the alpha stage and enter into beta any sooner than the end of 2014.
“Please be aware that our Early Access offer is a representation of our core pillars,” it began, “and the framework we have created around them. It’s a work in progress and therefore contains a variety of bugs. 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. Please keep in mind that we do not expect to reach Beta status sooner than the end of 2014.
“We didn’t want to compromise on the brutal and unforgiving nature of the early days of the DayZ mod so we’re very surprised to see such interest as this clearly is not a game for everyone, especially considering that there are some radical changes under the hood in comparison to the mod.
“These changes may be more subtle than when comparing the relatively limited amount of content in the standalone game against the mod in its very mature state itself, but it should be much more valid in the long term for the overall game experience and of course we’re aware how much more work is ahead.”
Does that make you any less enthusiastic for the game’s future? Or will the alpha hold your interest for the next year or so? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.