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The War Z debacle depresses DayZ creator

20 Dec 2012  by   Paul Younger
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DayZ’s creater Dean Hall has retreated into his shell on the back of all the War Z controversy which ultimately led to the removal of War Z from steam a couple of days ago.

For the past few weeks DayZ’s main competitor War Z has been under fire from the gaming community for false advertising, trying to sell an unfinished product and general tomfoolery.

In a post on Reddit, DayZ’s Hall explained why he has been “quite quiet” following all the recent controversy.

I know I have been very quiet lately. So this will be really all I’ll say for the moment.

I’ve been pretty depressed about the whole situation. From a personal standpoint, this whole “saga” of the development made me seriously question if I wanted to be involved in the industry and I gave serious thought to cutting my losses and not being involved in the project.

At my Army Discharge medical this week, they noted I now have high blood pressure. Some things in life just aren’t worth worrying about.

I’ve been getting hammered by a massive amount with requests for information about DayZ release, interviews and my reactions to this and stuff and such – but for my own sanity I retreated and have kept to myself. Right now I’m just at home doing bits and pieces on the DayZ development. The rest of the DayZ team is doing the same.

I realize that I went back on my word about releasing an update, but went back into my shell for a bit last week, and I’ll come out when the dust is all settled.

With many gamers now turning their backs on War Z, Hall and the Bohemia Interactive are in a very strong position to clean up with zombie survival fans if they get the game polish right for the retail version.

Watching a community turn against a developer is not exactly pleasant viewing and perhaps Hall and his colleagues are concerned that there are now much higher expectations for DayZ on the back of a lacklustre War Z.

Update: War Z game is patched and players are being banned.

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  1. Mike

    No one has high expectations of anyone, all we ask for is clear and honest words from developers. If a feature is there, say so. If a feature isn’t there, don’t say it is. When you make a mistake, you especially do not blame the consumer, because as we know they are always right.

    This developer had shady releases in the past, and certainly was not gunning for a AAA title here. The way they spoke to their community, handed out blanket bans for flaws in their own game, and went on with releasing a hacker infested game where you lose real money items.. it’s all very disgusting.

    The creators of DayZ however, are the exact opposite of Hammerpoint. It’s going to be free apart from buying the game ONE time, no micro’s. They speak to their community, they are making a game FOR gamers. Who can complain? These guys ARE the definition of a gaming company.

    Get out of your shell, we’re going to love DayZ no matter what, because you and your team are amazing!

    December 20, 2012 at 10:50 pm
    1. i never played dayZ and did play warZ but if what you say is true then i really hope hammerpoint pulls their heads out of their asses and do their selves a favor, listen to the community and don’t try to be better then dayZ.
      the reason why i don’t play dayZ is because i don’t like PvP, they might make something for everyone but only time will tell.
      hammerpoint however has an at least 50% customer base who want PvE in the game, they are pretty much ignoring that part.

      the biggest problem with hammerpoint at this point it nothing more then ignorance, they simply need to step up, get a backbone and finish the game before releasing it at all.
      i can understand that they don’t want to put everything off-line but at least have a plan in the wide open view, we don’t want to be kept in the dark constantly.

      December 30, 2012 at 3:11 pm

  2. Max3000

    This story is not about a bad game. This story is about a business that was set up for the sole purpose of generating money with misinformation and false claims. JUST the same scheme the SAME company already did with their previous game “The War Inc”. This is borderline criminal and doesn’t have much to do with the gaming industry, frauds like this happen in every industry. Read more on the whole story around “The War Z” here: http://warzscam.tumblr.com/

    December 21, 2012 at 12:16 am

  3. Trowa

    Sorry to say, it is the Devs of The War Z that turned there back on the community.

    December 21, 2012 at 12:48 am

  4. pete smith

    Guess this means day z standalone is still buggy/shitty whit no new features like the free mod. I can see release of this getting pushed way back

    December 22, 2012 at 2:17 pm

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