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[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he standalone version of DayZ has sold 800,000 copies, surpassing expectations of developers.

DayZ is quickly rising to become one of the most successful games on PC, having already sold 400,000 units during its first week and has now rocketed past 800,000 units sold, with numbers continuing to grow.

Commenting on the tremendous success, Dean Hall, creator of DayZ, said that the numbers were totally unexpected. He wrote on Reddit: “[Bohemia and I] had very ambitious plans for 2014 already, however this amount of sales was completely unexpected. Honestly, 250k within a quarter was what I would have considered a success. So to move nearly 800,000 in under a month is crazy.”

Hall said that the numbers will have a positive effect on the future of the series, saying: “We’ll be finalising our roadmap in mid January, but it is safe to say that this kind of result will be having a very positive effect on that roadmap.”

DayZ was originally a MOD for ARMA 2 but was released as a standalone title in December for early access. It is an open world multiplayer survival horror game set in the fictional post-soviet state of Chernarus. After an unknown virus turns most of the population in zombies, the player must scavenge for food, water, weapons and medicine whilst trying to survive attacking zombies and other survivors.

The game, currently still in Aplha early access, is available on Steam for £19.99.

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