Arma 2 Sees 500% Increase In Sales With Introduction of DayZ Mod

Apparently, zombies are popular.

So popular, in fact, that Arma 2, a realisic military shooter released back in 2009, has seen a 500% increase in sales ever since the introduction of DayZ, according to thesixthaxis. But, what is DayZ?

DayZ is an Arma 2 mod that places you (and other friends, if so desired) in Chernarus, a 225km2 open zombie-infested post-soviet state “hit by a new and presently unknown infection which has wiped out most of the world’s population.” Here, your goal is to gather the necessary weapons and supplies in order to defend yourself from these zombies and survive. It’s a simple idea of zombie-survival mixed with Arma 2’s unforgiving amount of realism that could breathe some much appreciated life (or death? un-death?) into the franchise. Visit the official website to learn more and to download the alpha test.

Treading cautiously. Zombies could be anywhere.

Luckily, Arma 2 developers, Bohemia Interactive, have taken notice and have stated their intent to support the mod. Marek Španěl recently told Kotaku:

Bohemia Interactive has always tried to help community mod makers in many different ways and Day Z mod is no different. We’re more than happy to assist DayZ in any suitable way and considering the mod’s popularity we are committed to do some related work in the next Arma 2 update (1.61)

He also added that he “personally [finds] the combination of realistic Arma style gameplay and settings with survival zombie apocalypse so addictive that [he believes] it can stand as a gaming experience on its own.” Could this mean the developers of DayZ will get a chance to really prove their worth and become part of the Arma team? Seeing the effect that game modes like Nazi Zombies (which also began as a mod) had on franchises like Call of Duty, it wouldn’t be surprising.

Have you had a chance to try out DayZ?

  • oh yes the mod (from the videos ive seen) is awesome! sad i cant run it 🙁 still glad they are selling more. btw CHKilroy
    is da funniest ARMA 2 commentator watch

  • Lucas Gomez

    Interesting how this mod has made a huge contribution to the sales of an already pretty old yet good military shooter simulator. Wish more companies like EA/DICE saw the potential and followed these steps.

  • Sinead O’Conner

    Reminds me of the survival horror genre of the 32-bit days.
    That’s some bad acting at the end, though.

  • jmckay93

    IM glad to hear but I hope there not JUSt playing zombie mod the game itself is pretty great!

    • DB

      It’s undeniably a good way to get them acquainted with the game though. Although I suspect most of the new players will only play DayZ, some of them might discover something to love about ARMA.

    • Niosus

      ARMA is one of the most hardcore shooters around. With that I mean that they aim for extreme realism when it comes to gameplay. For instance you can turn your torso independent from your legs, when you get shot you’ll start losing blood and the ballistics are probably as close to reality as they can get. This also means that the missions can be boring and dull compared to the more popular FPS games, however this can easily be countered by playing with some friends. So great game, but definitely not for everyone

      The mod itself actually reminds me of Minecraft. It has great potential even in the alpha stage. If they can keep this up it is definitely worth the price of the game itself.

  • JustinD

    I love mp1st and it seems pretty professional but every article David veselka writes always has spelling errors. Ever hear of spell check bro?

  • asgaro

    I’m gonna buy this in Juli. It really is a must buy! It’s the only hardcore zombie game. You die, you have to start all over again.
    So it’s not like those crap Left 4 Dead titles and Zombies modes in CoD. This is tha real deal 😀

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  • Engineer

    I have been watching a lot of streams of this lately on JTV and Twitch, it’s pretty awesome! I wish I had a computer capable of running the game and mod.

  • fernando

    o link para o download do jogo

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