Controversial launch followed up with controversial interview
The tale just keeps getting stranger and stranger for The War Z.
The zombie survival game launched on Steam to a horde of controversy as detailed by ZAM's own Mirai, and now the game's executive producer isn't exactly helping the cause.
GameSpy has a good overview of the turmoil that has ensued:
"Where the Steam store page promised multiple maps ranging in size from 100 to 400 square kilometers, buyers found just one roughly 100 square km map. Where it promised 100 players per server, it delivered just 50. Where it promised rentable private servers, levelable skills, and friends lists, there was simply nothing available but menu screen placeholders."
So did Hammerpoint Interactive dupe gamers into buying something made up of broken promises? GameSpy had a chat with Sergey Titov, and it's… interesting to say the least.
When quizzed about the lack of delivery on the number of players:
"Let's be frank: when you read "up to 100 players" -- what does it mean to you personally? I mean, for me it doesn't mean that I will play with 99 other players. Really :) And yes game supports 100 players -- heck, it supports actually over 400 players per server as of today. Do we have servers launched with this number of slots? No we don't, because this is not what our players WANT."
The interview as a whole is entertaining to read, whether you're into the game or not. Let's hope Hammerpoint can get back on track and regain the trust of players, because The War Z certainly has some potential.
Props to GameSpy for asking the tough questions, so head on over for the full read!
UPDATE: The game is no longer available on Steam, Valve was quoted by Kotaku as stating:
"From time to time a mistake can be made and one was made by prematurely issuing a copy of War Z for sale via Steam. We apologize for this and have temporary removed the sale offering of the title until we have time to work with the developer and have confidence in a new build. Those who purchase the game and wish to continue playing it via Steam may do so. Those who purchased the title via Steam and are unhappy with what they received may seek a refund by creating a ticket at our support site here."
Bill "Lethality" Leonard