ArmA II is a PC game. It’s a reasonably successful, very unforgiving, tactical PC FPS. But “reasonably successful” with those caveats is hardly going to have the boys at Treyarch looking over their shoulders, is it? Well now the Steam sales of that niche PC shooter have gone through the roof and it’s all because of zombies.
The recent DayZ mod for the game adds a splattering of zombie horror to the usually stony-faced seriousness of ArmA II and it is taking off with a whole new audience. Kotaku has posted an interview with Bohemia Interactive’s Marek Španěl in which he acknowledges the success of the mod and admits that since its skyrocketing popularity, the ArmA II devs are accommodating it into the next patch update of their game.
Bohemia Interactive has always tried to help community mod makers in many different ways and Day Z mod is no different. We’re more than happy to assist DayZ in any suitable way and considering the mod’s popularity we are committed to do some related work in the next Arma 2 update (1.61)
He goes on to further endorse the healthy modding community by saying that he “personally [finds] the combination of realistic Arma style gameplay and settings with survival zombie apocalypse so addictive that [he believes] it can stand as a gaming experience on its own.” So the modder might get brought into the fold.
This just shows that providing a healthy community and the right tools for modders to thrive can give a developer’s game plenty of variation and a little extra kick.