PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is currently the hottest thing since sliced Jesus. The little indie game that could seemingly came out of nowhere to surpass four million sales and amass over one hundred million dollars. But its success mirrors an old, forgotten game – DayZ.

It debuted in May 2012, first as a mod, and then as a standalone game in Early Access in December 2013. Everything from the setting, the gameplay, the multiplayer, the free for all nature, and even the general aesthetics of this popular game have been lifted straight from DayZ. Even the massive hype is exactly the same. For a time, the creation of Dean “Rocket” Hall was all the rage, almost as big as Minecraft and at least as popular as PlayerUnknown is now.

In today’s video, we’re debuting an all new series: Tales from Early Access. Here, we’ll be looking at the most interesting stories surrounding games from Steam Early Access. Our first episode is all about the new forgotten DayZ, and why this one time behemoth in the industry has disappeared.

Josh Griffiths

Josh Griffiths

Executive Editor
Josh Griffiths knows how to write a professional bio. He knows he should talk about how he writes about videogames and sports for a living. He also understands that he should mention that he's in charge of Cliqist's video team, and that he's got a nose for trouble. With a capital 'Q'!
Josh Griffiths

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Executive Editor and Video Producer for Cliqist. Writer for ScreenRant and TheGamer. Creator of @GamesofHistory_.
I mean, it's all marketing of course, but hearing the behind the scenes stories and what it takes to make these gam… https://t.co/slHu9lrlz1 - 21 hours ago
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