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Tactical FPS Gray Zone Warfare Sells 400k Copies in Early Access Within Two Days

A new shooter has arrived.

Tactical first-person shooter Gray Zone Warfare released in early access April 30, 2024, and within two days of release, developers Madfinger Games sold more than 400K copies on Steam.

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For those who don’t know, Gray Zone Warfare is a tactical shooter with realistic gameplay. It launched after the recent controversy around Battlestate Games’ Escape from Tarkov, which placed the title in the perfect environment to benefit from the backlash surrounding the Unheard Edition debacle. Dubbed an amalgamation of Arma, Escape from Tarkov, and Tom Clancy’s: Ghost Recon, Gray Zone Warfare presented the perfect opportunity for players to try something new and its enticing features were definitely up to standard at a glance. It was great timing and marketing, but unfortunately, it wasn’t a great product — at least when it launched.

Within days of release, Gray Zone Warfare faced backlash over its many performance issues, which hindered and stopped players from enjoying the game. These issues were detrimental to the gameplay experience as an intense and realistic shooter. The game received over six thousand negative Steam reviews in just two days.

Despite that, Madfinger Games states that it managed to sell 400K copies of Gray Zone Warfare in two days as well, which is roughly $14M in base sales per game purchase at $34.99, not considering refunds, upgrades, or anything else. This achievement is monumental for the developers and genre. While its performance issues are definitely concerning, there’s no doubt that Madfinger Games will continue improving its shooter in early access to retain its player base and momentum.

Hopefully, with Madfinger Games bringing in so much revenue, Gray Zone Warfare can swiftly receive the attention and development it needs to become the game the community wants it to be. Knowing how fast it has grown in such a short time only means more success along the way, if Madfinger Games can keep up.

For now, stay tuned and check out some of our other guides, news articles, and lists on Gray Zone Warfare here at Prima Games.


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