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"Hundreds of thousands" of us are playing DayZ since it joined Xbox Game Pass

"It confirms that DayZ still remains an unmatched and unforgettable survival experience."

"Hundreds of thousands" of new players have jumped into DayZ since the survival game joined the Xbox Game Pass library last week.

Citing "a huge influx of new players", developer Bohemia Interactive says the "hardcore survival game is flourishing now more than ever, and has become one of the Most Played games on Xbox".

"Xbox Game Pass is a great opportunity for us to open the game to a different audience, and to let a massive number of new players experience DayZ in all its crude harshness and beauty, together with the veterans," said Bohemia Interactive's publishing director, Vojtěch Ješátko, in a press release.

"Over the years, DayZ has gone through a difficult development, but at Bohemia Interactive, we never lost faith in the game - so seeing its record player numbers across all platforms is a very rewarding moment for the whole team. For us, it also confirms that DayZ still remains an unmatched and unforgettable survival experience."

From 7th May, Xbox Game Pass subscribers have also been able to access Red Dead Redemption 2 which - sadly for some - replaced GTA 5. On 14th May Final Fantasy 9 also became available, while from 19th May you can try out Fractured Minds - an indie game by Wired Productions about anxiety and mental health. To see the full list of games available on Game Pass this month, make sure to check out our guide here.

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When​ ​her friends​ ​were falling in love with soap stars, Vikki was falling in love with​ ​video games. She's a survival horror survivalist​ ​with a penchant for​ ​Yorkshire Tea, men dressed up as doctors and sweary words. She struggles to juggle a fair-to-middling Destiny/Halo addiction​ ​and her kill/death ratio is terrible.

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