There are few video game developers who are treated with as much skepticism as The War Z executive producer Sergey Titov.
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Open world zombie survival sim Infestation: Survivor Stories - better known under its original name, The War Z, before altering it due to a trademark issue - has sold 2.8m copies since its launch in
Controversial zombie MMO The War Z has changed its name to Infestation: Survivor Stories following a trademark issue.
Controversial zombie game The War Z was taken offline for half-a-day at the start of the month because security was breached by hackers.
Controversial zombie game The War Z has been forced offline after its forum and game database were hacked, exposing player data.
The War Z executive producer Sergey Titov claimed that he gets a lot of fans who say they'll stop playing the zombie MMO if the developer removes the system that causes players to lose micro-transaction items every time they die.
Controversial zombie game The War Z has returned to Steam.
Talk about context. The War Z is a forgettable experience, easy enough to dismiss with a few nasty words and the faintest of praise. But it is impossible to ignore the game's damned developers, who since its release have revealed themselves to be either incompetent buffoons or crooked shysters. The amazing details make it impossible to review this in a bubble - not least because The War Z clearly wasn't made in one.
Most zombie fans will be aware of the Arma 2 mod DayZ, currently being worked up into a full release by its developer, which layers stealth and survival horror quite brilliantly atop the mechanics of a serious battle simulator. Most of DayZ's ideas are found in The War Z, to the extent that 'brazen' doesn't really do this justice. It's a crappy rip-off. So The War Z has terrible developers and is totally unoriginal, but it does have one surprise: it's sometimes almost fun.
Maybe I'm just a sucker for hopeless cases, because there's no doubt that The War Z is a barrel-scraping production. The idea is an open-world zombie massively multiplayer game on a map of Colorado, where up to 100 players move around the various towns and encampments snaffling supplies and weapons. The reality is a game that wouldn't have been cutting-edge on PlayStation 2. Its rudimentary architecture is almost comical; the buildings are crude cuboids, either solid or hollow, jammed together in little lines. Outside of the buildings things get even worse, with perhaps the defining image being your character's ridiculous three-frame melee attack. You want to know about the audio? The last game I played with worse sound effects was Two Worlds - and you can quote me on that.
Sergey Titov, the executive producer of controversial survival zombie MMO The War Z, has issued an impassioned apology following the game's release on and subsequent removal from Steam.
Following a cavalcade of false advertising and questionable PR, Hammerpoint Interactive's zombie themed MMO The War Z has been removed from sale on Steam, despite it having been the top-selling game on the service upon its release on Monday.
UPDATE: Valve is investigating The War Z Steam forum after gamers complained they had been banned unfairly.
The War Z closed beta begins on 31st October, Arktos Entertainment Group and Hammerpoint Interactive have announced.
But you can get alpha access to the DayZ-style zombie MMO on 15th October if you make use of one of the early purchase packages.
First, the Survivor package, which costs $19.49 up to 20th October ($29.99 after), grants game access on 31st October.
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Just how similar is MMO The War Z gameplay to DayZ? That's the most pertinent question surrounding The War Z at the moment.
A new gameplay video, fresh out of PAX, shines a bit of light on the topic.
I asked our DayZ Video Diary author James Hills what he thought after watching the video, and he told me the two games were "very similar". The War Z zombies looked to be better animated and more detailed, he added, and the loot system looked easier to use.
Zombie themed MMO The War Z received a whopping 100,000 plus registrations for the game's closed beta within 24 hours of the title's announcement on 19th July, publisher Arktos Entertainment Group has announced.
Additionally, the official homepage just launched at www.thewarz.com. Developer Hammerpoint Interactive is still accepting sign-ups for the closed beta, though misleadingly, it's hidden behind the "pre-order" label. Not only do you not have to pre-order the game for a beta, but you can't as the store isn't up yet.
"We've been following all of the comments on the various forums as well as our Facebook page and it really validates that we're creating something that gamers want to play," said senior game designer Eric Nordin. "We're going to continue working hard and make sure we deliver the best game possible!"