DayZ is a hardcore open-world survival game with only one rule: stay alive, no matter what. How long can you survive a post-apocalyptic world? A land overrun with an infected “zombie” population, where you compete with other survivors for limited resources. Will you team up with strangers and stay strong together? Or play as a lone wolf to avoid betrayal? This is DayZ, this is your story.
Players of DayZ are charged with surviving in a world that has been ravaged by the outbreak of a deadly virus. Most of the game world’s population has become part of “The Infected,” the term used by survivors to collectively describe everyone who has fallen victim to the virus. These poor souls are not the undead, but perhaps worse: living humans who have completely lost all control over themselves, whose only goal is to spread the infection through violent, animalistic attacks. Characters controlled by players of the game are immune to the virus, explaining how they are unaffected by it even when attacked by those who are infected.
Starting out their character’s life on the coast of Chernarus, a fictional game world based upon an area of the real-world Czech Republic, players gather items that will be useful to them along the way and generally make their way inland to towns and other points of interest in search of better gear and interactions with other players. They will need to find food and water, clothing, equipment, medical supplies, and weapons if they are to last very long at all in the harsh conditions. Vehicles are able to be found and repaired for quick travel of the map as well. In addition to gathering items that are scattered about the map, players are also able to hunt, fish, grow plants, cook food, create their own items, and establish a home in order to meet their needs for survival.