War Z pulled from Steam amid storm of controversy
Valve describes the release of the game as a “mistake”
War Z has been a controversial game from the word go, illustrated by way of just a few examples.
It has been accused of being a shameless cash in riding the bow-wave of popularity created by the Arma II mod DayZ. War Z developer Hammerpoint Interactive denied ripping off Day Z however, claiming that War Z was in development before the mod existed.
Then there was the blatant copy-paste EULA job: War Z devs copy-paste League of Legends EULA
Then there was the PR bungle made by War Z producer Sergey Titov, likened campers to loose bundles of sticks: War Z producer calls campers “f**gots”, apologises
Finally, the game saw its “foundation release” on Steam on 17 December to much vitriol. The game was accused of being in an Alpha development state, feature incomplete, and lambasted for advertising features that were not present in the game.
Even renowned game commentator TotalBiscuit (aka John Bain) had extremely harsh words for the game, as discussed on the MyGaming forum: So WarZ is apparently really terribad
Valve has now pulled the game for sale from its Steam product page, although the page does still exist: War Z on Steam
Kotaku managed to squeeze comment out of both Valve and War Z developer Hammerpoint Interactive boss Sergey Titov.
Valve statement on War Z removal from Steam
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 purchase 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.
Sergey Titov statement on War Z removal from Steam
We’re making sure that our Store page is 100% correct this is why.
Bottom line – our end goal is to have satisfied and not angry customers, so this is more important for us than everything else.
Did you buy into War Z? How do you feel about your purchase? Let us know in the comments below and on the MyGaming forum.
If you are interested in the full debacle, Kotaku has been keeping a neat log of the mess as it unfolded: The War Z Mess: Every Crazy Detail We Know So Far