An entry for "DayZ Early Access" has appeared on the Steam Database and is marked for launch in the United States, according to the database's website.
The entry was added on Oct. 22 and notes that the game app is "available," though it is currently not up for purchase on Staem. Joystiq reports that DayZ creator Dean Hall wouldn't confirm with them what the entry means, but noted that development is going smoothly for the zombie survival title.
"Amazing how quickly the internet picks up on things isn't it," Hall said. "All I can say is that progress has been very good, we're a mix of nervous and excited. And as I'd stated on my Twitter when I announced my break from social media/updates, we are on the final lap. Part of the final process involves the actual administration of the release, which is actually surprisingly complex and time-consuming."
"So, to confirm, there is no release date announcement and we're 100 percent focused on getting the alpha out the door," he added.
We spoke with Hall at Gamescom in August, who told us that although there was no longer an internal date for a completed alpha version of DayZ, the game is still closing in on launch. The latest update on the title's progress came in early September, with Hall stating the team was redoing the AI for the zombies from scratch.