The War Z No Longer Purchasable on Steam

WarZ screenshot

After a firestorm erupted over the Steam release, Valve has decided to suspend purchases of The War Z through their service.

For those in the dark, The War Z is an MMO title currently in development by Hammerpoint to mimick the gameplay and success of the popular ArmA II mod, DayZ. After months of initial alpha testing and rumors flying about, the gaming community was then shocked by a sudden announcement that the game had suddenly appeared on Steam ready for purchase; before the beta test version of the game was even released.

This in turn caused a storm of controversy, both in WarZ’s own forums and across multiple gaming websites. Many posts (including some of my own) warn against buying the game as the title was basically still in Alpha and without the features that were stated on Steam’s game page.

Sergey Titove

Yesterday, Hammerpoint’s fortunes with PR management seemingly took a turn for the worst with a defiant forum response by WarZ’s executive producer, Sergey Titov, and an interview with Gamespy that could only be described as disastrous.

Today, Valve has officially removed the ability to purchase the game. Their statement was short and to the point:

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.

TotalBiscuit also explains the issue in this long video:

After playing this game for a few weeks with five other people (we have our own team), I’m inclined to agree with TotalBiscuit’s commentary on the issue. The War Z is absolutely not ready for release, even with the silly “foundation release” moniker. The game is still in alpha, it’s riddled with bugs, and many features are either unavailable or butchered. Stay clear until they sort things out.

Or forget it entirely.