OK, maybe those aren't quite the real figures, but at some point these headlines just become giant neon "LOOK AT ALL THESE IMPRESSIVE NUMBERS" signs. That said, the DayZ alpha is definitely a sprinter, not a shambler, given that it raced to 172,500 copies sold (and counting) in only 24 hours. Maybe this whole zombie fad has a chance of catching on after all, despite the fact that fairies, goblins, and poofy haired troll figurines are massively outpacing them in the pop-culture-sphere-o-scape right now.
Bohemia CEO Maruk Spanel made the announcement on his tumblr, stating simply:
"First day of DayZ (Alpha). Hours passed: 24. Copies sold: 172500. Survivors online: 142403. Bugs discovered: many. Work ahead: hard."
I haven't played yet, but a quick scan of the DayZ forums suggests that there are indeed many bugs and issues in need of attention. Rocket seems to be dropping frequent updates, so that's promising.
Have you joined the newly reborn undead sensation that's sweeping multiple nations? Is it a welcome upgrade despite all the bugs and total lack of poofy haired troll figurines?