The beta version of DayZ will not be available to download until near the end of the year, according to the head of its development studio.
In a new entry posted on the DayZ blog, Bohemia Interactive CEO Marek Spanel confirmed: "We do not expect to reach Beta status sooner than the end of 2014."
The Alpha version of the game has been available to buy on Steam since December 2013, for a cost of £19.99 / €23.99 / $29.99.
"[The Alpha is] a work in progress and therefore contains a variety of bugs," Spanel explained. "We strongly advise you not to buy and play the game at this stage unless you clearly understand what Early Access means and are interested in participating in the ongoing development cycle."
Despite this, Spanel also confirmed in the blog that the DayZ Alpha has already sold over 875,000 copies in its first three weeks, raising a total of
$26 million for Bohemia and Steam.
"We didn't want to compromise on the brutal and unforgiving nature of the early days of the DayZ mod," Spanel says, "so we're very surprised to see such interest as this clearly is not a game for everyone, especially considering that there are some radical changes under the hood in comparison to the mod.
"The level of support and confidence we have received from the DayZ community makes us even more dedicated to the game than we were in the past 16 months of DayZ standalone development."