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Posted by Raine Hutchens on Jul 12, 2012

Half A Million People Are Fighting For Their Lives In DayZ Arma II Mod

A while back an FPS title by the name of Arma II: Combined Operations released. It was a realistic military shooter and it had somewhat of a dedicated fan base though it flew in under the radar. One of the workers for the game’s developer got some ideas together and set out to do something amazing with the game, and the mod DayZ was born.

DayZ is a mod for Arma II: CO that essentially throws the player into an ultra-realistic zombie survival horror game. Players need to scavenge for supplies, maintain nourishment, and elude bandits (enemy players). The mod allows you to drive vehicles, steal from players, and much more in its large world. Speaking of the world, the landscape you explore in DayZ is taken straight from Arma II, and it’s huge. You could travel around for days, searching through towns and farmhouses for supplies to stay alive. The game is very dynamic and provides an excellent real-world survival scenario.

Since the mod’s launch, DayZ has reached 500,000 users as its developers announced via Twitter:

“Congratulations everyone, with your support through the tough times, mistakes, troubles, and technical problems, we now have over 500k users.”

During an indie-focused event called Rezzed, DayZ creator Dean Hall said that his mod will soon surpass sales of Arma II at how fast it’s being downloaded. Tons of players are picking up Arma II just for this mod, which is boosting sales all around. Arma II isn’t cheap, either. Right now it’s still listing for $30 on Steam.

According to Hall, around 10k new users are downloading and logging into the mod each day. If you’re not one of these new players, you should be. DayZ is an incredible mod and though you won’t last too long, the game provides a unique and interactive experience. You never know what’s around the next corner, or if anyone you meet will be friendly or not. It really throws a spin on the zombie apocalypse idea, as well as bringing that into the gaming industry. Arma II may be a pretty penny, but it’s worth it for DayZ.

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