Zombie survival shooter DayZ may be selling like blood covered hotcakes on Steam but the game is still very early in development with a beta at least a year off. This according to developer Bohemia Interactive despite over 875,000 copies of the game being sold in earlier access late last year.

While early access brought in some serious cash for developers and a big boost knowing gamers were willing to jump aboard the buggy zombie train of an alpha release it doesn't necessarily mean the game is going to be brought to the general public in a final form anytime soon.

"We didn't want to compromise on the brutal and unforgiving nature of the early days of the DayZ mod," said Marek Spanel, head of Bohemia Interactive. "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.”

"We're already seeing unbelievable player stories happening every day in the game even in its very limited alpha, and we're focused to make huge progress in 2014 on many areas of the game."

Bohemia is focusing its massive alpha test (very early game stage) at addressing the most critical problems that vary as widely as server stability to cooking food and supporting user created mods.

While gamers can still get on board with the very fun alpha build of DayZ through Steam's early access. Don't expect a beta until the end of 2014 at least.

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[Via Eurogamer]