The War Z removed from sale on Steam under cloud of fresh controversies

The War Z

By on December 20, 2012 at 11:55 am

The War Z is no longer available to purchase on Steam (although its product page remains), as the developers struggle to sort out their issues under a fresh cloud of allegations regarding unfair paid respawn times and claims that their promotional art is lifted almost directly from The Walking Dead TV series shots.

A recent patch for the game means that respawn times for your character, which used to take anywhere up to 60 minutes, have now been changed to four hours — unless you pay an instant respawn fee of 50 GC (gold coins), or about $0.40 USD. The change has seen many gamers up in arms, with forum threads complaining that the new change makes the game even more pay-to-win than ever.

Meanwhile, a thread on the Steam Community Forum points out that The War Z‘s banner image appears to be nothing more than stills from The Walking Dead, mirrored and then slightly altered in Photoshop. Click here to see a comparison of the two, taken from this forum thread.

This news follows the claims in October that The War Z wholesale copy-pasted its Terms and Conditions from League of Legends, forgetting to even remove “League of Legends” from their final document.

Valve has also been investigating claims of overzealous and unfair moderation, after many users found themselves banned for criticising the game.

If you haven’t yet, read yesterday’s amazing response from The War Z‘s executive producer in which he blames customers for the misleading information posted on the game’s official page.

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So Tim, what has Cas said about the game XD

 
Deserteagle1266

i bought beta access thingo.. i want my money back :/ only played it like once…

 

ashigaru:
So Tim, what has Cas said about the game XD

Not much lol.

I’ll try and spend some more time with it today or on the weekend if possible, I’d rather be playing Far Cry 3 tbh :)

 

that image comparison is pretty stupid, but it is on par with yesterdays response

 

Also worth noting that you can contact Steam Support to request a refund of War Z if you’re unhappy with the game.

Bonus points to Valve for that.

 
Deserteagle1266

palzer0:
Also worth noting that you can contact Steam Support to request a refund of War Z if you’re unhappy with the game.

Bonus points to Valve for that.

i didnt buy it through steam.. got it when it was beta thingo for 30 bucks :(

 

This was really interesting to watch unfold. Steam really had no choice to issue people a refund otherwise the backlash would be on them

guess we have worse game of the year

good way to end 2012

 

Gaming companies still wonder why piracy is rampant – when this is the state of their industry. I have a steam account full of this kind of game.

Anyone want to play dungeons ?

Glad I dodged this particular bullet.

 

Cas Bitton: Not much lol.

I’ll try and spend some more time with it today or on the weekend if possible, I’d rather be playing Far Cry 3 tbh :)

I actually saw that on your account and figured it wasn’t exactly sucking you in lol

 
jerichosainte

It seemed to me this is just a rip-off of Day Z in the first place, and now there is other evidence they are ripping off property from other media.

Worries me when someone as morally incompetent as this, is in charge of an organisation.

One to avoid.

 

FailZ is Fail!

 

Haha this is golden. I will be watching this ball of yarn unravel, shame the world ends tomorrow.

 

gamez,

The image comparison wasn’t really as amazing as everyone said it was. I think I recognised 1 or 2 that looked similar, the rest were different.

 

snootle:
gamez,

The image comparison wasn’t really as amazing as everyone said it was. I think I recognised 1 or 2 that looked similar, the rest were different.

Pretty much this… half of them would have needed so much shopping that it would actually be easier to take a photo of a friend in shitty make up.

This has been fun though. I thought con men were at least supposed to be good at the PR bit, but they’ve even failed at that.

Anyone this incompetent doesn’t deserve to paid… why do I get the feeling he’s going to cut & run without paying the actual artists and programmers?

 

Atleast that whole situation heightened my opinion about Steam. They reacted well.

Titov is an ass. Nuff said.

 
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