The standalone early access version of the zombie survival game DayZ has managed to generate sales in the $5.1 million range in its first 24 hours since launch, with new players joining the zombie survival adventure every hour (88,000 survivors joined in the first 12 hours), according to Bohemia Interactive's CEO Maruk Spanel.
He revealed on his blog that, after 24 hours of being made available, 172,500 copies of the game had been sold and 142,403 players were online. The early access version of the game landed on Steam earlier this week.
DayZ creator Dean Hall has also been tweeting regular updates on the game's early success, but warned players that they may encounter bugs and other glitches (it is after all an "early access" game, which means it is by no means feature complete or even close to being finished).
The game is currently on sale on Steam for $29.99. DayZ was originally developed by Hall as a mod for Bohemia's ARMA 2. Bohemia was so impressed with his work that it hired him to develop the standalone version.