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The War Z pulled from Steam

The War Z pulled from Steam

The "free-to-play" War Z became the top selling game on Steam following its Monday release, despite a significant amount of negative press.

Online zombie game The War Z has been removed from digital distribution service Steam due to its largely unfinished state.

The title from Hammerpoint Interactive was launched on Monday when it rose to the top-selling game on the platform. The game, described as a "foundation launch", has received a lot of criticism over a misleading feature list on its Steam listing and Valve are currently offering refunds to anyone filing a support ticket who has bought the game through Steam.

The Steam listing for The War Z claimed that it could support 100 players per server when the cap was actually 50, it boasted maps between 100-400 square kilometres in size when the largest map is 100k square kilometres, and skill systems and a friends list feature that are also not included. The developer has argued that the list was intended as a catalogue of upcoming features as opposed to features that are already implemented in the game.

Valve director of marketing Doug Lombardi told Rock Paper Shotgun that The War Z was prematurely issued on Steam and that further sales will be suspended until the company has time to 'work with the developer and have confidence in a new build'.

Although the game is no longer available on Steam, it can still be bought through the developer's website and already-purchased copies on Steam will still work.

The War Z positions itself as a free-to-play title with the client costing $15 minimum and featuring a large quantity of micro transactions. Before the game was pulled from Steam, Hammerpoint issued a patch to include a new feature that extended the 60 minute respawn timer on a dead character to four hours with an added button to respawn immediately if players cough up the equivalent of approximately $0.4 worth of purchasable game currency.

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srgtherasta 21st December 2012, 08:47 Quote
Well good on steam, game devs wish lists are not a selling point in my book, I've seen to many devs promise this and that and nothing appears.
Edwards 21st December 2012, 09:02 Quote
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free-to-play title with the client costing $15 minimum

Wait, what? Surely this means all non-subscription based games are 'free to play'.
mi1ez 21st December 2012, 10:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by Edwards
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free-to-play title with the client costing $15 minimum

Wait, what? Surely this means all non-subscription based games are 'free to play'.

My thoughts exactly!
Griffter 21st December 2012, 10:21 Quote
4 hour spawn timer!!!!!????? or pay to play again????? rip off!
B1GBUD 21st December 2012, 10:37 Quote
What a bunch of ****s
MjFrosty 21st December 2012, 10:51 Quote
Crooks. The industry is laughing at you, Hammerpoint.
kingred 21st December 2012, 11:01 Quote
Pay 2 respawn.

50 player server "MMO"

This massaging of buzzwords and attempting to position their product is actually mis-selling. Hell even world of tanks isn't an MMO because its essentially a match making client.
Fraze 21st December 2012, 11:29 Quote
It's a buggy pile of crap that's has most of its assets ripped from War Inc, another game by the same guy - which is awful too by all accounts.

He's tried making out on interviews that the problem was with people misinterpreting the text on steam and not the fact that they made claims that are blatantly not true.

Steer well clear.
Edwards 21st December 2012, 12:09 Quote
Further info from Kotaku, makes interesting reading:
Blazza181 21st December 2012, 12:42 Quote
Well, it turns out the guy who developed this was also the lead developer for Big Rigs.

Says it all, eh?
Gunsmith 21st December 2012, 12:46 Quote
given this popped into existence a mere fortnight after Day Z started making headlines i am utterly amazed that people DIDNT think it was a complete con.
MrDomRocks 21st December 2012, 13:15 Quote
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given this popped into existence a mere fortnight after Day Z started making headlines i am utterly amazed that people DIDNT think it was a complete con.

The mindless masses at work my friend. I would not buy into this game simply because I like dayZ much better. Not a fan boy and saw the videos and reddit posts about it.
eVoPhantom 21st December 2012, 13:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by Edwards
Further info from Kotaku, makes interesting reading:


Love the way that they have a forum rule against using the word "fanboy" then Hammerpoint boss goes on to reference DayZ fanboys again and again. Never played WarZ or DayZ and no real intention to ever try WarZ at all.
Malvolio 21st December 2012, 19:58 Quote
TotalBiscuit has quite a lot to say on this, and makes some rather valid points: this game was rather clearly advertised in a false and fraudulent way, and the dev then went on to blame the player base for "misinterpreting" the stated feature-set. Additionally there have also been bannings on the dev's forums as well as Steam for any hint of dissent or criticism, players were (supposedly) being banned from the game en-masse as an attempt to "scare the hackers" due to the rampant cheating and the dev's utter inability to do anything about it (some bans have been lifted however), and there is the general condescending tonality of all those involved in dealing with the public. This entire thing has been one long, drawn out farce.

And as a correction to the article: the Colorado map (the only one available) was marketed as 75 square kilometres, although it has been estimated to actually be closer to 10. So that's fun.
DragunovHUN 21st December 2012, 20:19 Quote
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The War Z positions itself as a free-to-play title with the client costing $15 minimum
Um....

Are you su... ehhh
wafflesomd 21st December 2012, 23:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by Blazza181
Well, it turns out the guy who developed this was also the lead developer for Big Rigs.

Says it all, eh?

This is the funniest part of it all. It explains everything.
Waynio 24th December 2012, 03:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by Griffter
4 hour spawn timer!!!!!????? or pay to play again????? rip off!

Wow, that's crap.

Good to see it got taken off steam. :)
sub routine 28th December 2012, 11:36 Quote
LoL, game doesn't deliver everything it promised *shock* next big faux pas, it's not released on time. What's the game world coming too?
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