Steam suspends "The War Z" sales due to gamer outcry

By Rick
Dec 21, 2012
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  1. Following numerous player complaints, indie zombie-apocalypse sandbox title The War Z has been removed from sale on Steam. Kotaku provides a great, in-depth look at exactly what happened, but most complaints were due to a bevy of missing features and game...

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  2. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,719   +873

    I Was looking into this game, it looked cool but after reviews I will just wait for the dayz standalone
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  3. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,017   +683

    Haha, "We also want to extend our apologies to all players who misread infromation". Gotta love these types of apologies where they direct the blame to the offended party. They're not sorry they purposely misled, or otherwise did a terrible job communicating, they're blaming the customer for misreading. Way to go buddy, put the blame on the people who bought your game... that'll help with sales next time around.
    customcarvin likes this.
  4. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Mike
    Remember, its the players who hack that tend to screw up any games. Most of the general consumer base isnt going to have the skill set to hack. Only those ppl who chose to screw everyone else in a vain attempt to destroy competition and win no matter what are going to invest the nessesary time to hack. Which is a shame really.
    I can see why the devs would point the fingers at the ppl who purchased the game then hacked it.
  5. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,860   +344

    From what I understand it had more potential than it released with? or was it generally just a terrible concept.
  6. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,133   +172

    Tygerstrike That had absolutely nothing to do with it. The devs advertised features that they simply did not have in the game. Like skills and private servers. Then blamed the users. What a bunch of losers. Hope Valve bans them.
  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,769   +1,427

    And then later can it be added to the steam library?

    I have a few games I would like to add to the Steam library, but the keys I have are not recognized by Steam.
  8. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,284   +230

    Funny thing though... I was looking seriously at this title when it hit Steam. Then I actually read all of the description, and figured out it wasn't complete yet. Which is why they called it the "foundation release" when it was put on Steam.

    The problem was that the features description was not specifically proofed for gamers who just like to skim through the list and do the "ooh, ahh, click to buy" method. Didn't matter that those points about it being a work in progress were further supported on other gaming-related sites - just like we have to put "do not swallow" on acid and "don't try this at home" on obviously dangerous stunts in commercials, you have to be explicit and clear or risk facing the music.

    At least, that was the problem with the features not being in the foundation version up front... The rest of the controversy swirling around that game is quite another mess entirely!
  9. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    I don't believe it can -- games capable of being activated on Steam live on a relatively short list: https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=7480-WUSF-3601

    I *think* support for Steamworks is a pre-requisite. I remember casually reading that The War Z will *not* have Steamworks support.
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  10. TekGun

    TekGun TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 156   +11

    This is just a blatant DayZ rip off by a piss poor company trying to earn money off someone else's ideas.
  11. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,133   +172

    Yes well if those features were indeed planned, they had to make it very explicitly obvious that they were not features of the current game and to not use language saying things "These are the features of the game". You can't say "It's a work in progress" then "These are features of the game" and expect people to realise that most of the features are works in progress! That's deliberately deceptive in my mind and that of hundreds or more of people on metacritic.

    Can't say I've ever seen a backlash on metacritic quite like that so if they were aiming for PR nightmare, they nailed it.
     
  12. jeffz6

    jeffz6 Newcomer, in training Posts: 78

    This whole game is miss quoted. Screenshots and selling points make it sound so good, but it plays like a turd.
    tehbanz likes this.
  13. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 893   +98

    Sad really, the amount of time people wasted playing this game. Honestly my favorite thing to do is laugh at people who played it and got killed by other players just to have to restart with nothing more then a pistol on the beach. And then it happens again... and again.... and again. Then have the nerve to ask me why I don't play it. Maybe if it wasn't such a colossal waste of time that had an objective I would, but it doesn't. People, wake up, a zombie apocalypse will never happen, get over your childish fantasy of killing zombies, its just stupid pointless violence that never seems to end. Between the movies, the games and the tv shows now it's just getting old. The genre as a whole is far over played and is no longer of any interest, yes reality sucks, but killing zombies in a video game won't make it any better.
  14. Not surprised. I purchased the game around Halloween for $20 off their website, and there was uproar then due to how unfinished the product was. It was very common, and still is, to log in and within a minute die, forcing your character to be locked out for an hour. Then you would have to to create a new one from your 5 available slots, and hopefully be lucky enough to last 5 minutes. It was like be asked to beta test, but you never got a chance to ever play the f'n game. Biggest joke of a game I have ever played.
  15. How about releasing the game when it's finished, Hammerpoin? Rather than releasing a half-baked alpha then "apologizing" that customers misinterpreted your description of its features.
  16. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 585   +79

    If it's a unfinished game. don't put a price tag on it. calling it what you like, post beta, or foundation release, heck call it happy bubble release. the point is. it's not a finished product, and you shouldn't charge people for it. either that, or the game needs to be REALLY cheap for people to test out the water. I was following the game a while back and it seemed like a promising game, but now it just looks like a unfinished scam.


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