Hammerpoint Interactive’s post-apocalyptic survival-themed The War Z went on sale on Steam this week and reviews are… well…
Early descriptions on Steam promised several features that were not present in the “Foundation” release of the game, which appears to be some dev-labeled point between “beta” and “full launch.” These included
- Multiple maps, ranging in size from 100 to 400 square km. The game has one map, which is claimed to be 100 square km, though players are saying it’s closer to 75.
- Up to 100 players per server. All servers have a max of 50 players. UPDATE: Late last night (Tuesday), 100-player servers were added.
- A skill system and private servers, which are currently not in the game.
In a confrontational interview with GameSpy, The War Z Executive Producer Sergey Titov — who is also listed as the producer on the astonishingly horrible Big Rigs: Over The Road Racing — dismissed these issues as players having “imagined something to themselves without checking details first.” Details such as the official description?
The Steam description of the game has since been updated, though it still claims “40 to 100 Players per Game Server.” Technically, 50 is between 40 and 100, we suppose.
And… just a few hours ago, the purchase option for The War Z was taken off Steam, even though the game details are still available.
And… Valve is offering full refunds for purchasers of the game. The official statement:
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 purchased 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: https://support.steampowered.com/newticket.php
Again, we apologize any inconvenience.