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Play ‘DayZ’ for Free This Weekend

  • Free to play until February 17th.
  • 40% off main game, 10% off Livonia.
  • For free you can judge if it’s for you, right?


What a long, strange road it’s been for DayZ. First emerging in the form of a mod for Arma 2, the early 2010’s saw huge success for Arma 2 and mod creator Dean Hall alike as people swarmed the internet to get their hands on what was touted to be the beginning of the ultimate zombie apocalypse mod. As the popularity grew, the mod progressed, and while it had much of the survival aspect down, it usually took the form of trying not to be murdered by roaming bands of others player. It became so popular that Dean Hall actually landed a job at Bohemia Interactive and the creation of a DayZ standalone game came about. Of course, he’d later leave the studio to found Rocketwerkz instead. For DayZ fans it was a long, painful road of many stumbles and setbacks that ended up having many longing for simpler times.

That being said, these days it’s actually ended up pretty good. It still leaves a lot to be desired out of the actual zombies, but the rest of the game has shaped up really well, and surviving in a world full of other players that can shake your hand one moment and shoot you in the back the next is always an intense thrill. If you haven’t tried it out yet, you can give it a spin over the weekend for free on Steam, and if you decide you like it you can purchase it for $26.99 instead of the normal $44.99. Here’s the features for the game as listed on its Steam page:

  • Detailed, authentic backdrop of Chernarus, an open world terrain featuring 230 square kilometers of hand-crafted environment based on real life locations.
  • Real emotional experience driven by the emergent interactions of 60 players on the server, all fighting for survival by any means necessary.
  • Environmental dangers including the infected, dynamic weather, and animal predators.
  • Wide variety of complex survival mechanics – from hunting and crafting, through sophisticated injury simulation, to transferable diseases.
  • Persistent servers with complex loot economy, and the ability to build improvised bases.
  • Visceral, authentic gun play and melee combat systems.
  • Smooth and reactive character controller utilizing a detailed animation system.
  • Rewarding and authentic experience of driving vehicles for travel and material transport.
  • Robust technology platform featuring modules of Bohemia’s new Enfusion Engine.
  • Seamless network synchronization and significantly improved game performance.
  • A platform fully open to user created content, offering the same tool set that we use for actual game development.

If you already own DayZ and you’re just interested in returning to the game, the map Livonia is on sale as well for $12.59 instead of the normal $13.99. It’s a small price decrease, and the map still feels a bit too much like Chenarus to really stand out in my opinion, but maybe that’s just me. A little advice for newer players: always take the kindness of strangers with a grain of salt. When you run into people, it could just be a simple fact that they don’t want to risk you having a friend hiding somewhere, so they stay on their best behavior, but always stay on guard unless you are 100% certain that they mean you no ill will. If you do meet that rare kind person, value it; because the next player is likely to hold you hostage or kill you on sight. The undead are the threat you know, but the people are the threat you fear.