The War Z makes a comeback on Steam

Hammerpoint Interactive's controversial zombie shooter MMO, The War Z, is back on Steam.

The title was pulled from Steam last December, with Valve's vice president issuing a statement to Polygon apologizing to customers for "prematurely issuing a copy of War Z for sale via Steam."

The product came under fire from consumers who bought the game, complaining that the product's description and marketing were misleading. Some of the controversial features advertised included misrepresented server capacities and huge disparities in map size. Hammerpoint also changed several features and requirements post-release, such as increasing the respawn time from one to four hours, with the ability to respawn instantly in exchange for money.

The zombie MMO's current feature description on Steam makes no mention of map size, server capacities and other controversial features.

The War Z executive producer Sergey Titov initially hit out at the irritated consumers and took to the game's forums saying: "This is not a boxed product that you buy one time. It's evolving product that will have more and more features and content coming it. This is what The War Z is."

Titov later apologized for his outburst and wrote on the forums that he had become "arrogant and blinded" by The War Z's early success and had ignored the concerns raised by the community.

During that tumultuous period, Polygon reported that The War Z had its trademark suspended since Nov. 15, 2012 for being too similar to Max Brook's novel World War Z and its upcoming film adaptation.

Polygon has reached out to Hammerpoint Interactive and Valve for comment and will update this story accordingly.

More from Polygon

Enemy Starfighter: Homeworld from inside a fighter

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare gameplay trailer

  • Diablo 3 - Xbox One vs. PC comparison

  • Hearthstone - Military Quarter gameplay video

  • Elite: Dangerous Overview video

Latest Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new Polygon username and password

As part of the new Polygon launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to Polygon going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new Polygon username and password

As part of the new Polygon launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to Polygon going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.
Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5353_tracker