The War Z receives hostile Steam release18 Dec 2012
At the end of last month Hammerpoint Interactive revealed that their zombie survival gamer The War Z would be coming to steam. Today the game went live on Steam and has received an incredibly hostile reception from the Steam gaming community. The War Z has had a rough ride in the past few months, getting labelled everything from a DayZ ripoff to a scam.
There were stories flying around a few weeks ago accusing Hammerpoint of ditching the game if it didn’t reach their user targets and players getting banned from their forums for trivial reasons with no chance of a refund. This all surfaced when one of the voluntary moderators was banned from the official forums after his moderator account was hacked.The moderator posted a rather scathing Youtube video highlighting the problems with the game and Hammerpoint. He then rather oddlyfor his comments this week.
Fact or fiction, the comments made by one individual, the moderator, has raised alarm bells with anyone interested in the game. Some of the rumours surrounding the game have been unfounded, but they’ve once again been raised by the community on Steam and litter the Steam community forums for the game to try an warn players before purchasing.
There is the question of whether The War Z should actually be live on Steam for sale as the game is quite incomplete at the moment. For example…
The blurb for the game p0sted in the Steam page cites “A Huge Persistent World: The War Z is an open world game. Each world has areas between 100 to 400 square kilometers.” This in fact is not currently correct. There is only one zone open which was only recently expanded sightly.
There are no private servers yet, the player cap is not currently 100 per server (last time we checked) and PvE servers are not yet live. As you can see, the sales pitch on the product page is inaccurate and gamers should be warned not to expect too much from the game if they buy it now.
In our opinion it’s just too early for The WarZ to be getting a Steam release, the Hammerpoint team have a lot of big ideas for the game but updates have slow during the testing phase causing a lot of frustration for those who have been testing/playing the version currently in testing. Hammerpoint still have a lot of work to do.
The game can be purchased on Steam now for £9.89, £13.49 with 2100 gold credits and £29.69 with 7500 gold credits.