An alpha of the standalone version of DayZ is now available through Steam Early Access.
Back in October, signs began to emerge that the standalone version of DayZ was on track to an Early Access release via Steam. It would seem that those signs have come to fruition. Though still very much in development, an alpha version of the open world zombie survival game has made its way onto the digital storefront.
While this is likely exciting news for fans of the original mod who have eagerly been awaiting the standalone version's release, the game's Steam page takes pains to remind players that the current versions is still very much a work in progress. "Be aware that our Early Access offer is a representation of our core pillars, and the framework we have created around them," it says. "It is 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."
Despite being clearly unfinished, this still seems like a good sign for the game which has seen its release date pushed back on several prior occasions. What remains to be seen is how long the remainder of the game's development will take following this Early Access release and how well it will do. The game's developer's have, of course, hinted in the past that a successful PC release could lead to a console port down the road.
Source: The Escapist