The War Z is a soon to be released game developed by Hammerpoint Interactive and published by Arktos Entertainment Group LLC. The design and idea for The War Z has been in place for a couple of years – however the development and the specific game features only started to develop this year.
Sergey Titov: We started thinking about doing a zombie game last year and began developing a quest-based MMO set in a large, zombie infested world. Players would be able to explore and “unlock” new areas on the map as they progress through quests assigned to them in-game. When DayZ was released to the public we were really excited to see another game that was akin to what we were working on – we were like “wow, that’s cool, we’re not the only ones making something like this.” As we saw the popularity of DayZ grow, and how players and the community were reacting, we realized two things – first, there was validation that our idea of making a zombie MMO was actually right and that there is a market/player base for it, and second, we decided to abandon the idea of unlocking parts of the map as you progress – rather, the player will be able to freely roam the world and gather information and quests by exploring notes, diaries, etc left behind by both real players and NPCs.
Here’s a breakdown of features, taken verbatim from the press release:
- Big open worlds to explore between 200 to 400 square kilometers
- Two modes of play: Normal and Hardcore
- Combination of first-person and third-person perspectives
- Meld of PvE (player versus environment) and PvP (player versus player)
- Strong Role Playing Elements
- Multiple playable characters with customizable features
- Unique social elements, including bounties, help requests, trap setting, etc.
- Safe settlements where players can purchase, sell and store items as well as post notes for other players
- Dozens of unique skills that can be learned and improved
- Up to 250 players per game server
- New weapons and items become available as players explore the game world
- Full developer support with regularly scheduled, free content updates
- Dedicated public servers as well as private servers that can be completely self-managed in game client
- Single purchase, downloadable client with ability to play full game without subscriptions or requiring in-game transactions
So what do you think? Does The War Z have potential? Is it a cheap Day Z rip off, or something completely different?
Title: The War Z
Developer: Hammerpoint Interactive
Publisher: Arktos Entertainment Group LLC
Release: October 2012