by December 20, 2012 @ 12:21 am
Developer Hammerpoint Interactive’s zombie MMO adventure The War Z has been pulled from Steam. It turns out fans reacted quite negatively to the game because, well, there wasn’t much there outside of a Beta-esque offering. While I didn’t purchase the game for myself (I simply didn’t care about it.), a buddy of mine was showing me the menus, and there’s, like, nothing there. Seriously, this thing still looks like a Beta!
The War Z was set to include a number of features but failed to deliver any of them. It makes sense then that the internet would get so upset. I mean, if you pay $15 for a product that’s incomplete expecting it to be complete on launch day, it’s definitely a bummer when absolutely nothing changes. It’s also a bit questionable. Valve has since released the following statement on the matter:
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.
I’m going to be honest: I never really paid much attention to The War Z until just recently. I saw it mentioned on gaming news sites, but I never felt compelled to learn about it. Funnily enough, a friend told me he had purchased it a few days ago, and then I heard the news of the game being pulled from Steam. I then shared that news with him, and as previously stated, he showed me the game’s rather lacking content.
It’s hard to see anyone really jumping at the chance to play The War Z when the full game actually launches. I think this incident is what we’ll all remember this title for in one year. It’s really a shame for folks who spent money expecting a finished product.