The alpha of the in-development standalone version of Day Z has been released on Steam Early Access.
The Day Z alpha is a standalone version of the wildly successful Arma 2 mod of the same name made by independent modder Dean Hall. Hall was brought on board to Arma developer Bohemia Interactive to work on this official version after the success of his mod drove fresh sales of Arma 2 itself.
Bohemia has been very upfront about the state of the game and stressed that it is a pre-release alpha and in a very unfinished state. A highly prominent warning is made in its Steam store description in full capital letters stating that players should only buy this if they want to 'actively support development of the game and are prepared to handle the serious issues and possible interruptions of game functioning'.
Earlier this month, this sentiment was forecast by Hall himself, describing the release as a 'true blue alpha' adding that 'buying early will be a recipe for disappointment.'
A playable alpha was originally set for release by the end of 2012 but the project suffered from several delays and set backs. There is still a lot of development to do before Day Z gets its full release.
'Be aware that our Early Access offer is a representation of our core pillars and the framework we have created around them,' warns Bohemia on Steam. '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.'
Day Z is currently available on Steam Early Access for £19.99. A full release date has not yet been announced.