The standalone version of DayZ, the popular multiplayer open-world zombie survival mod for Arma 2, was released today as a public Alpha test through Steam.

DayZ players join a server and enter a world ravaged by a zombie apocalypse. Resources in the fictional region of Chernarus are very scarce and survivors must scavenge for weapons and supplies as well as defend themselves from zombies and other survivor players who choose to be hostile.

Following the mod's success in 2012, DayZ's creator Dean Hall worked with Bohemia Interactive to release a standalone game that would afford players an improved experience without annoying bugs, glitches, and hackers. The standalone DayZ Alpha is available on Steam's Early Access for $29.99 and is apparently far from finished.

“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. 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.” – DayZ Alpha Steam page



As stated on the game's steam page, DayZ's developers estimate that a Beta version will not be ready for more than a year.