The War Z is arguably one of the most controversial games on the internet at the moment and the controversy continues to grow following an official statement from Valve. In a surprise move earlier this week the head of development at The War Z, Sergey Titov, announced that the "Foundation Release" was ready and that the game would soon be available on Steam.
Within 24 hours the game was made available via Valve's digital distribution service but all was not well for this post apocalyptic MMORPG. Players exploded on both the official forums and Steam Discussions page as the features highlighted on the Steam Store page included aspects of the game that had yet to be implemented, in effect they were selling lies. Players were told that the servers could support 100 players and that Hardcore Mode was readily available, both of which were untrue at the time of print. However, in the following 24 hours Hammerpoint Interactive hastily added these features without any concern for the current player base or the affect the changes would have.
Petitions appeared almost instantly with droves of players calling for the head of Sergey Titov and various members of the moderator team. Hundreds of posts were made, locked and deleted on the official forums, with some players even getting banned from the Steam Discussion area.
It appears the voice of the player base was heard as Valve have now officially removed The War Z from Steam and issued the following statement from Doug Lombardi:
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
What made matters worse was an interview between GameSpy and Sergey Titov, in which he basically blamed the player base for misinterpreting the information on the Steam Sale page.
You can read more about the questionable history surrounding The War Z in our Critical Hit article.
MMO Year In Review: 5 of 2013's Biggest Dick Moves
People are dicks - particularly on the Internet. While that shouldn't come as any great surprise, occasionally we come across someone whose level of sheer dickery reaches legendary proportions. As we move into 2014, let's take a look at a few such individuals from the previous year.
The Lack Of Quality In The Survival MMO
We've seen an abundance of new titles join the genre this year, most hot on the heels of the incredibly popular DayZ mod from ARMA II, but they all seem to share a certain lack of quality and polish
Infestation, Marvel Heroes and WIldstar! - The Daily XP July 22nd
Your Daily MMO and MMORPG News for Monday July 22nd. Today Kirk discusses Infestation: Survivor Story, Marvel Heroes and WIldstar's new races.
The War Z Continues To Amaze, For All The Wrong Reasons
Following some trademark confusion with a similarly titled property (mainly the movie World War Z), the highly controversial War Z MMO game has been forced to change its name.
DayZ Standalone Payment Model Details
Exciting news for fans of the upcoming zombie title as creator Dean Hall reveals more information in an interview with Gamasutra.
Finally! A Zombie Game With Freedom For Barricading
This build is one of the largest to hit the game since its alpha release and includes an exciting variety of new content including 100% free form barricading.
Developer Interviews - Fact Or Fiction
The inevitable hype train that leads the release of practically every MMO game today can be a bit of a double-edged sword.
Indie Game of the Week - Containment: The Zombie Puzzler
Each week our resident Indie Gamer Nicholas takes a look at a different Indie Game that you may or may not have heard about. Join him on his adventures as he sifts through the rubbish to find The Indie Game of the Week.
The Dead Linger - Build 006 Now Available
Sandswept Studios today announced the immediate release for the highly anticipated Build 006 update for their upcoming zombie title, The Dead Linger
The Ideal MMO - The Perfect Wrestling MMO
Blaine takes a look at another area of the MMO world that has received next to no attention over the years, the concept of online wrestling MMORPG games.