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Despite Previous Controversy, The War Z Returns to Steam

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The War Z is back on Steam.

Last December, Hammerpoint Interactive's zombie survival MMO The War Z (not to be confused with Bohemia Interactive's zombie survival mod turned standalone game DayZ) was pulled from Steam just a day after its store page went live. Users who purchased the game immediately felt buyer's remorse after discovering various discrepancies between the actual game and the product description provided on the store page and levied complaints against the game. After a brief investigation, Valve saw fit to pull the game from Steam.

Now, The War Z has made a re-appearance on Steam with a short explanation from Valve. "The War Z is now available for purchase on Steam," reads the announcement. "Valve and Hammerpoint Interactive collaborated to address community feedback, update the Steam store page, and make the title available for purchase worldwide. In addition, a patch has been released to update existing customers. As such, the special refund offering extended for The War Z Steam customers who previously purchased the title has concluded."

The issues that The War Z purchasers had with the game have been pulled. The original offending descriptions that caused the game's removal in the first place have been altered, including claims such as "Each world has areas between 100 to 400 square kilometers."

Despite the changes, Steam users still aren't satisfied. There have been quite a few topics posted on The War Z Steam discussions area complaining about the game, including another petition to remove further claims of "false advertising."

 

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    back_by_demand , February 28, 2013 8:40 AM
    echondoIt should have just stayed dead

    Well, it is a zombie game
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    echondo , February 28, 2013 5:14 AM
    It should have just stayed dead. It won't sell that much this time around.

    Greedy developers, I bet nothing has changed.
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    CrArC , February 28, 2013 11:18 AM
    echondoIt should have just stayed dead. It won't sell that much this time around.Greedy developers, I bet nothing has changed.
    It wouldn't matter if the developers really have changed it for the better or not. Once the Internet gets an idea into its head, that's it. The game is doomed to a lifetime of criticism and nothing they do will ever be good enough.
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    echondo , February 28, 2013 5:14 AM
    It should have just stayed dead. It won't sell that much this time around.

    Greedy developers, I bet nothing has changed.
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    bryonhowley , February 28, 2013 6:05 AM
    Well reading the Steam forums it becomes clear really fast that Steam users are not satisfied with any game period. They will cry and whine about any game for any reason and most times there are really no real problems with the game.
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    benage , February 28, 2013 6:20 AM
    I'm just bummed that I didn't buy my copy via Steam otherwise I would have got the refund :-P I really tried to like this game but it is pretty darn bad. I've seen far better free games out there. It kinda has the same feel to it as those dodgy iOS or Android games that get you hooked into spending more and more money just to progress that little bit further...a real shame as it has some huge potential...
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    edogawa , February 28, 2013 6:34 AM
    ankit0x1EA should purchases this publisher


    They would fit in well.
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    randomizer , February 28, 2013 6:55 AM
    bryonhowleyWell reading the Steam forums it becomes clear really fast that Steam users are not satisfied with any game period. They will cry and whine about any game for any reason and most times there are really no real problems with the game.


    This is quite true. However, in the case of this game the whining is completely justified.
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    assasin32 , February 28, 2013 8:14 AM
    ankit0x1EA should purchases this publisher


    No probably sue them them instead. EA doesn't like competition.
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    enewmen , February 28, 2013 8:22 AM
    I like the basic idea of WarZ.
    1 Just wish it really has all it claims
    2 A much larger world that requires survival skills more than death-match skills.
    3 Optional / configurable Survivor NPCs on the servers - most friendly, some unfriendly.

    Just personal hopes.
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    back_by_demand , February 28, 2013 8:40 AM
    echondoIt should have just stayed dead

    Well, it is a zombie game
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    spentshells , February 28, 2013 10:14 AM
    badumbumtiss
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    CrArC , February 28, 2013 11:18 AM
    echondoIt should have just stayed dead. It won't sell that much this time around.Greedy developers, I bet nothing has changed.
    It wouldn't matter if the developers really have changed it for the better or not. Once the Internet gets an idea into its head, that's it. The game is doomed to a lifetime of criticism and nothing they do will ever be good enough.
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    lpedraja2002 , February 28, 2013 11:59 AM
    I dislike how much WarZ has copied from other games especially DayZ.
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    jordanjkj , February 28, 2013 1:11 PM
    CrArCIt wouldn't matter if the developers really have changed it for the better or not. Once the Internet gets an idea into its head, that's it. The game is doomed to a lifetime of criticism and nothing they do will ever be good enough.

    Do you really beleve they changed anything to match the claims they had when they first released it? What if gearbox re leased another version of aliens:CM and promised that they fixed all the problems. Would you rebuy it? The issues with war z was they basically re leased a paid version of the alpha and expected people to be ok with it.
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    ddpruitt , February 28, 2013 1:19 PM
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    felt buyer's remorse after discovering various discrepancies between the actual game and the product description


    That's not buyer's remorse, it's false advertising. Buyer's remorse is if you feel bad for buying something just because bought it not because you received less than what was advertised.

    Sounds like all the devs really did was change the description instead of completing the game. Looks like they get a second chance to screw it up.
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    IndignantSkeptic , February 28, 2013 1:22 PM
    The fact that War Z is such a copy of Day Z in name and gameplay and especially is released so soon relative to the other game, in fact even before the other one is commercially released, makes me question the ethics of the developer and makes me feel they are undeserving of money. On top of that there are issues of false advertising and poor quality. I think it perhaps demonstrates something shamefully stupid about humanity that War Z is doing so well. I think the Day Z team should have the right to sue the War Z team.
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    lilcinw , February 28, 2013 2:29 PM
    When it goes on sale for $2.49 I might give it a try.
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    Anonymous , February 28, 2013 4:22 PM
    WarZ was what DayZ should have been. DayZ had the right idea, just terrible implementation. Player caps, maps too big for it not to be an MMO (imagine WoW with 64 players in the entire universe), everybody hacking, horrible Arma engine and control interface (you have to bind a key to do absolutely anything in the game).

    WarZ was going to make this much more arcade friendly, like BF3 zombie game. Unfortunately they completely LIED with the product description. This wasnt buyers remorse, this was a scam. They advertises maps between 100-400 sqkm, and only ONE MAP had something like 120 km. The dev's had the balls to actually say "well technically 120 is between 100-400 so we didnt lie" lol wtf seriously?
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    XZaapryca , February 28, 2013 5:27 PM
    lpedraja2002I dislike how much WarZ has copied from other games especially DayZ.

    Really? Like CoD, MoH and BF all copied each other? Coming up with a concept first is not a guarantee of worthwhile execution.
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    sscultima , March 1, 2013 2:43 AM
    been playing it off and on, they fix some things then just break others in the process, the devs are garbage, and once their "private" servers went up for sale they basically slowed down all dev work in favor for focus on making a butt load of money off worse servers. They don't even have the same spawn count as retail servers, and the price is not even worth it for the month.
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    spat55 , March 1, 2013 11:42 AM
    Why did Valve put this back up on Steam?
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    GNCD , March 1, 2013 2:43 PM
    I wonder if they are still using League of Legends TOS. That was funny.