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The War Z announced

The War Z announced

Are you in need of a post-apocalyptic zombie MMO? Some people are tired of zombies, some still love that (look at DayZ mod). Well, if you're part of the latter, you'll be happy to learn that Arktos Entertainment and Hammerpoint Interactive have announced The War Z, slated for release this Fall. Despite its weird name, the game offers RPG elements, PvP with up to 250 players per server, huge open world and more. Details and first screens inside.

Press release:



Arktos Entertainment and Hammerpoint Interactive Announce The War Z

New Game Studio to Bring Zombie-Apocalypse MMO to the PC


LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Arktos Entertainment Group and Hammerpoint Interactive, a new independent game development studio located in Los Angeles, Calif., are finally lifting the veil and announcing their debut title, The War Z (TWZ). A session-based, massively multiplayer online game (MMO), The War Z is inspired by all things zombie and is set in a true post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested world where other players can prove to be a greater threat than the undead hordes that populate the land. The game is slated for release in fall 2012 for the Windows PC platform.

“The whole team is completely obsessed with the zombie culture as well as with post-apocalyptic games like Fallout,” said Eric Nordin, senior game designer for The War Z. “Since we started the design of the game, we have continued to incorporate new features that inspire us as we go. At the end of the day we want to ship a game that we want to play ourselves and we’re hoping that other gamers will recognize our passion and be excited about playing as well!”

In The War Z, players are thrust into a post-apocalyptic world five years after a viral outbreak that ravaged the human population and left in its wake a nightmare of epic proportion. Hordes of undead zombies infest the cities, and the few remaining human beings have devolved into a lawless, nomadic society where the sole objective is to survive at any cost. Players must use skill and cunning in order to acquire food, weapons and other supplies necessary for survival. While navigating the vast landscape, they will discover cities teeming with the undead as well as other players that may or may not be friendly.

With strong RPG elements, TWZ allows players to earn experience points and then “spend” those points to learn new skills that will aid in their survival. Additionally, there will be opportunities to acquire in-game cash and gold, which can be used to purchase supplies at one of the few safe-settlements located in the game. The War Z will also allow those playing together to join servers as a group or locate friends already playing and join the same server.

Some features of The War Z include the following:

• Survival Horror MMO with entire game world build around a Zombie Apocalypse
• Two modes of play: Normal (downed characters can be revived after “cool down” period) and Hardcore (death will be permanent)
• Ability to switch between first-person (FPS) and third-person (TPS) perspectives
• Huge maps ranging between 200 and 400 square kilometers
• Meld of PvE (player versus environment) and PvP (player versus player) gameplay
• Unique social elements, including bounties, rewards, help requests, trap setting, etc.
• Safe Settlements: safe cities within the world where players can purchase, sell and store items as well as post notes for other players
• Single purchase, downloadable client with ability to play full game without subscriptions or requiring in-game transactions
• 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

“Hammerpoint Interactive is exactly the kind of developer we look to partner with,” said Sergey Titov, CEO, Arktos Entertainment Group. “They came to us with an innovative game design that fit our investment strategy and we’re excited to be backing this project.”

The War Z is currently in Alpha phase, with a closed beta planned for the very near future. Players can visit http://www.thewarz.com to be notified of updates and other information as well as to pre-order the game and guarantee a spot in the closed beta. More information on this title can also be found http://facebook.com/warzmmo

All comments

Commented on 2012-07-20 06:34:20
This looks cool. As long as it plays like a video game and not a torture device I'll try it.
Commented on 2012-07-20 08:16:31
Those zombies visit the same barber, right?
Commented on 2012-07-20 08:45:16
Looks pretty naff tbh and it looks suspiciously like something i'm already playing atm! Lmao at the Coyote back pack and cap, so familiar haha!!

Will keep my eyes on this game as i love the book and tbh i hope it does indeed turn out to be good.
Commented on 2012-07-20 09:51:50 In reply to Redneck
Posted by Redneck
Those zombies visit the same barber, right?
Haha!
Commented on 2012-07-20 10:00:34
my god i always thought it would be a great idea to have a post-apocalypse zombie MMO and here it is, I very much hope this turns out awesome because right now I am very much into this game
Commented on 2012-07-20 10:13:49
I would love to see a zombie game made with BF3 engine.
Commented on 2012-07-20 10:30:54
Does the name War Z have anything to do with Max Brooks book World War Z?
Commented on 2012-07-20 11:11:49
Not in need of anything zombie-related except for Dead Light.
Zombie games are a pain in the ass, just like CoD games. >.<
Commented on 2012-07-20 12:11:58 In reply to SplitTongue
Posted by SplitTongue
Not in need of anything zombie-related except for Dead Light.
Zombie games are a pain in the ass, just like CoD games. >.<
Comparing zombie GENRE games with COD SERIES........
You deserve a counter argument on the same intellectual level: COD is best game ever you just noob
Commented on 2012-07-20 12:17:34 In reply to mustacio
Posted by mustacio
my god i always thought it would be a great idea to have a post-apocalypse zombie MMO and here it is, I very much hope this turns out awesome because right now I am very much into this game
Umm there's already a game like this now which you can play straight off the bat! DAYZ! lol!

@Logion yes it is m8
Commented on 2012-07-20 12:33:37
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery AKA how to make a quick buck...
Commented on 2012-07-20 13:14:09
I have a feeling this is going to be one greatly dumbed-down version of Dayz, even considering having permanent deaths optional is ruining the entire point of a game like DayZ. I'll stick to the original, despite these pretty colors.
Commented on 2012-07-20 15:48:44 In reply to hotkirby
Posted by hotkirby
Comparing zombie GENRE games with COD SERIES........
You deserve a counter argument on the same intellectual level: COD is best game ever you just noob
You know what ? I didn't mean to compare the two GENRES but since you mentioned it: Yes, the crap featured in L4D is on par with the crap featured in CoD ! It's games like Dead Light & Walking Dead that make the difference. So go ahead, go play your dime a thousand braindead zombie shooters. See if i care...
Commented on 2012-07-20 16:00:19 In reply to yutaro
Posted by yutaro
I have a feeling this is going to be one greatly dumbed-down version of Dayz, even considering having permanent deaths optional is ruining the entire point of a game like DayZ. I'll stick to the original, despite these pretty colors.
It has normal dayz mode, and Hardcore mode

having hardcore mode is what kept me playing diablo 2 for all these years, am looking forward to this, have been playing dayz for while now, and with this title saying zombies cannot open doors, climb up ladders etc.. i cannot wait to try it
Commented on 2012-07-20 17:07:54
Why even release screens without AA. Looks like shite.
Commented on 2012-07-20 18:12:31
Say what you want about this ripping off DayZ, but the thing about that mod is exactly it: it's a mod. That means that a lot of it is very poorly done. It's great, don't get me wrong, but the animations and hit detection are terrible, plus there's no real aim to it other than surviving as long as you can, and if you're on your own, it can be a pain at times. There's some ideas in this that look a lot more advanced than Day Z is currently, although whether or not it has Day Z's hardcore elements to it which leads to tense situations with other players is another thing. It's PC exclusive, so it should do. This developer has obviously realized the massive potential to a open world zombie MMO, and because DayZ is just a mod, they've got this off the ground pretty quickly. Rocket must be kicking himself right now. I'm sure he's hoping this turns out to be shite so he can get Day Z out as a stand-alone game.
Commented on 2012-07-20 18:22:21
There's nothing wrong with the hit detection it's the lag on servers that may cause you to think that way m8. Also I would put down a months wages that dayz will either be part of arma3 or a stand alone game.

Also hearing this was in production way before dayz!

Oh and white u hit the nail on the head, playing dayz as intended should be with a crew to get maximum enjoyment :)

@adsfg +1
Commented on 2012-07-20 20:15:37
This is the kind of game I've been wanting for years. Too bad it's from a developer I've never heard of and have no confidence in. However I did have the same feeling about Dead Island and ended up really liking that game.
Commented on 2012-07-20 22:28:03
It's just the concept that's good and really promising, so it really doesn't matter about the dev.

@apex: what I mean about the hit detection isn't really so much to do with shooting Z's, it's the interactions of them between you and the environments. There are times when you should be able to push past them and through a door, but you can't because they are practically brick walls. You should at least be able to shift them. ARMA 3 has rag doll, so physics should be vastly improved. There was also one occasion where zombies swam after me and caught me in the water, then they stood up on top of the water and pounded me. WTF is that all about? I know it's alpha, but seeing things like that is really shoddy.

It'd also be great if there were some kind of swarm technology in there where there are a huge groups of Z's in cities and you could hear a persistent moan coming from them. It would make for some tense and scary shit, especially at night. That's where I want to see this genre heading. The thing is that this is a new and exciting genre as far as the FPS goes. It's the future of survival horror.
Commented on 2012-07-20 22:40:59 In reply to Phaethon360
Posted by aphex187
Looks pretty naff tbh and it looks suspiciously like something i'm already playing atm! Lmao at the Coyote back pack and cap, so familiar haha!!

Will keep my eyes on this game as i love the book and tbh i hope it does indeed turn out to be good.
You love what book? I think you're thinking of World War Z. This isn't World War Z.
Posted by Phaethon360
This looks cool. As long as it plays like a video game and not a torture device I'll try it.
:D
Commented on 2012-07-22 11:18:14 In reply to SplitTongue
Posted by SplitTongue
You know what ? I didn't mean to compare the two GENRES but since you mentioned it: Yes, the crap featured in L4D is on par with the crap featured in CoD ! It's games like Dead Light & Walking Dead that make the difference. So go ahead, go play your dime a thousand braindead zombie shooters. See if i care...
So if something doesn't fall in your personnel preference its shit? And you think that because these game don't fall out of the line they are generic and bland. Point and click are way older and much more done then Zombie shooters so i don't see what your whole point is about dime a thousand.

And i know you don't care about what i do , cause thats way to mainstream for you.
Commented on 2012-07-22 22:19:48 In reply to hotkirby
Posted by hotkirby
So if something doesn't fall in your personnel preference its shit?
I wouldn't bother. He thinks L4D is a "dime a thousand" zombie shooter. Not only are there not that many Zombie FPS games, there certainly isn't a single one like L4D. Oh, right, L4D2.
Commented on 2012-07-23 11:36:23 In reply to MrWhite
Posted by MrWhite
It's just the concept that's good and really promising, so it really doesn't matter about the dev.

@apex: what I mean about the hit detection isn't really so much to do with shooting Z's, it's the interactions of them between you and the environments. There are times when you should be able to push past them and through a door, but you can't because they are practically brick walls. You should at least be able to shift them. ARMA 3 has rag doll, so physics should be vastly improved. There was also one occasion where zombies swam after me and caught me in the water, then they stood up on top of the water and pounded me. WTF is that all about? I know it's alpha, but seeing things like that is really shoddy.

It'd also be great if there were some kind of swarm technology in there where there are a huge groups of Z's in cities and you could hear a persistent moan coming from them. It would make for some tense and scary shit, especially at night. That's where I want to see this genre heading. The thing is that this is a new and exciting genre as far as the FPS goes. It's the future of survival horror.
Oh aye yeah i understand now m8, yeah i agree on your pointers you have made tbh ;)

@Grift yeah i know i realised after i had wrote that, so kind of you to bring it up lol.
Commented on 2012-07-23 23:26:58
Hammerpoint started to work on this game last year, but have admitted to refining their game direction based on Day Z player feedback.

My worry for this game is if it's made too arcadey, or dumbed down too much. Yes, DayZ has a steep learning curve, but that adds to the game. Surviving a zombie apocalypse isn't meant to be easy. This reminds me more of Dead Island than DayZ.

If it fails, we'll have DayZ for Arma3 anyway :)
Commented on 2012-07-24 02:06:23
looks pretty much mediocre... lets see how the final game turns out but so far its nothing special.

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