Daybreak Game Company’s president John Smedley went to Twitter last night to announce that their newest property, zombie-themed online survival game H1Z1, has sold over one million copies on Steam. The milestone comes just two months after the game’s early access launch in January.
It’s sure to be welcome news for the team at Daybreak, which until Feb. 2 was known as Sony Online Entertainment. The developer famous for series such as Everquest and Planetside was sold off to an investment firm called Columbus Nova and almost immediately began shedding staff.
H1Z1 meanwhile has been progressing, adding features and buttoning up exploits. Smedley crowed that the team has already banned thousands of players looking to gain an unfair advantage.
happy to report over 5k banned for cheating.
— John Smedley (@j_smedley) March 24, 2015
Game designer Adam Clegg joined Polygon for an in-game interview earlier this month, and the video is below. Clegg discussed the team’s development process, as well as plans for the future of the game. Polygon has a policy of updating reviews, and we will be revisiting our thoughts on H1Z1 in the coming weeks to reflect the game’s evolution.