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War Z renames to Infestation: Survivor Stories, though they didn't really mind being compared to DayZ

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War Z renames to Infestation: Survivor Stories, though they didn't really mind being compared to DayZ

Last year, we reported on several things that went wrong for troubled zombie survival horror MMO War Z. First there were accusations of similarities to the similarly-named DayZ. Then it was discovered the War Z's Steam store page contained inaccurate claims about non-existent features amounting to false advertising, and developers Hammerpoint edited the game's product description to more clearly delineate between upcoming and existing content and issued an apology. Valve then investigated The War Z's Steam forum following complaints from players claiming to have been unfairly banned. 

Today they renamed War Z to "Infestation: Survivor Stories".

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Rocket challenges gamers and media to “consider the impact of their decisions”

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Rocket challenges gamers and media to “consider the impact of their decisions”

Sucker for punishment Dean ‘Rocket’ Hall has taken yet again to Reddit to answer harder, more pointed questions about DayZ and, inevitably, The War Z. One Redditor took the chance to find out exactly what Hall means when he pleads with gamers to “behave like rational consumers". Not only did he receive a characteristically frank reply from Hall, but the developer also opened up about the on the personal pain DayZ's nominal similarity to The War Z has caused him.

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The War Z dev issues full apology following removal of game from Steam

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The War Z dev issues full apology following removal of game from SteamIn a lengthy open letter to The War Z community, Hammerpoint Interactive's executive producer Sergey Titov personally apologised for the series of unfortunate events that led to the removal of the zombie survival FPS from Steam. It's a frank listing of errors, a self-flagellating missive in which Titov claims total responsibility for his own "arrogance", which brought about a "perfect storm that affected all of [The War Z's] community members". The War Z has been mired in controversy since launching on Steam on December 17, after promising missing features, accusing players of misreading the game's store page, coming up short on their advertised map size and mistreating critical forum members

A rocky start, to say the least. But hey, at least this particular stable door is finally closed. The entire letter can be read below.

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How big is The War Z's map?

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How big is The War Z's map?So we now know that The War Z only has one map, despite Hammerpoint having initially advertised multiple maps of between 100 and 400 square kilometres each. That's fine, a misunderstanding that's been corrected. The store page now correctly lists just one map, Colorado, though Hammerpoint still claim that it's 100 square kilometres in area. It certainly doesn't feel that big, so it's probably wise to check.

Would you like to know how big The War Z's map really is? 50 square kilometres? 75 square kilometres?

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Valve investigating The War Z following accusations of false advertising, Hammerpoint say players "misread" Steam store page

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Valve investigating The War Z following accusations of false advertising, Hammerpoint say players "misread" Steam store pageValve are now investigating The War Z's Steam forum following multiple complaints from players claiming to have been unfairly banned for criticising Hammerpoint's zombie shooter. This follows yesterday's news that The War Z's Steam store page contained inaccurate claims about non-existent features amounting to false advertising. Hammerpoint have now edited the game's product description to more clearly delineate between upcoming and existing content. They've also issued an apology to gamers who "misread" the Steam Store page.

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The War Z arrives on Steam as an unfinished 'Foundation Release', becomes top seller

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The War Z arrives on Steam as an unfinished 'Foundation Release', becomes top sellerThe War Z has just launched on Steam. Actually, "launched" is probably the wrong word to use, given that the game hasn't even reached the metaphorical launch pad, and is still being ferried along by one of those giant, slow moving platforms they use to bring the games out of the giant warehouses they're developed in. Whatever's happening, The War Z has just appeared on Steam in some strange prototype form. It's not finished — Hammerpoint are calling it a 'Foundation Release', which means that it's missing a whole bunch of features — but you are invited to spend your cash today on the promise of updates tomorrow.

Update: Hammerpoint have changed the Steam store page to reflect the current state of The War Z, separating features they hope to include from ones that are currently in-game. Though some faults still remain.

More on this below.

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The WarZ developers “don’t mind being compared to DayZ at all”

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The WarZ developers “don’t mind being compared to DayZ at all”Sergey Titov, The War Z’s executive producer, has responded to the Mexican wave of raised eyebrows that met footage of his apocalypse survival sim and its apparent similarity to DayZ.

“We don’t mind being compared to DayZ at all," said Titov. “In fact we are fans of the mod. Ultimately, we hope that gamers will end up playing both The War Z and the DayZ standalone."

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The War Z developers copied League of Legend's Terms of Service, forgot to take out references to Riot Games

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The War Z developers copied League of Legend's Terms of Service, forgot to take out references to Riot GamesThe War Z has received flack for being very similar to Day Z, some calling it a simple clone. Whether or not that's the case, it looks like they've been copying Riot, makers of League of Legends. The War Z's Terms of Service make explicit references to League of Legends' currency system and there's evidence suggesting Hammerpoint have redacted even more explicit mentions of the game since their copy/paste job was discovered.

Read on for further details.

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The War Z footage displays solitude, a fireman's hat, buildable barricades, and bugs. Seems an awful lot like DayZ

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The War Z footage displays solitude, a fireman's hat, buildable barricades, and bugs. Seems an awful lot like DayZDayZ hinted at the zombie game we always wanted, a pervasive world where we could starve, become ill, and, of course, face off against hordes of the walking dead - all while under threat from your fellow player. Well, The War Z is taking a run at the same idea with slightly different emphasises, the space between spawning to armed survivor is shorter. And the guns, once you have them, are more customisable.

Why am I telling you all this when I can just show you?

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