Once a game is on the Steam store, it takes a lot to get it removed, but it didn’t take long for the Arma III Day Z mod rip-off, The War Z, to get ripped down from Steam. The game was horribly unfinished, offered lots of features that never existed and the developer went to great lengths to deceive people and take their money.
Below is the original description of The War Z, much of which is a complete lie. Servers are only limited to 50 people, not 100… weapons mostly require real cash to get and once the game went live, there was suddenly a four hour wait to respawn unless you paid them more money, among many many other complaints.
In an interview with GameSpy, Hammerpoint Executive Producer Sergey Titov offered a limited apology to players angry about the Steam listing, which he says included both current features and some planned for future updates (the Steam page was updated a day or so after launch to clarify this distinction). He also suggested the vast majority of players were satisfied with the game and that only a few misinterpreted what was meant by the Steam description.
Titov defended the initial Steam listing as technically accurate. While the game allowed only 50 players per server at first, for instance, Titov noted private servers are able to host the promised 100 (those servers were later opened up to the public). And while the Steam listing implies multiple, huge worlds of up to 400 square kilometers, Titov said that the single, initial map does indeed fall in the low end of the promised “100 to 400 sq. km” range (though there’s some reason to doubt that estimate as well). A couple of forum threads on the official War Z forums offered more apologies alternating with brittle defensiveness.
In any case, Titov’s main defense was the relativistic claim that an online game like this is never really “finished” in the way that a retail game of the past might have been. “My point is—online games are [a] living breathing GAME SERVICE,” he told GameSpy. “This is not a boxed product that you buy one time. It’s [an] evolving product that will have more and more features and content coming. This is what The War Z is.”
For a little perspective, Hammerpoint is the same company that made Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing, which is widely regarded as the worst game ever made. They also were the farmed out developers for Postal III, which was so awful that publisher Running With Scissors doesn’t even sell the game anymore.
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