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Trademark Issue Forces The War Z To Change Its Name To…

Author:
Carl Phillips
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News
Tags:
Infestation: Survivor Stories, MMO, Name change, The War Z

Trademark Issue Forces The War Z To Change Its Name To…

… Something Less Catchy

Once again the folks at Hammerhead Games are in the spotlight with their MMO Zombie Survival game The War Z, this time due to a trademark issue that many have felt was only a matter of time. In a post on the official forums, it was announced that as of yesterday the game would be relabelled as Infestation: Survivor Stories.

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War Z Producer Blames Problems On Game's Success, Was "Too Focused On How Great We Are"

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Apology, PC games, Sergey Titov, Steam, The War Z, Zombies

War Z Producer Blames Problems On Game's Success, Was "Too Focused On How Great We Are"

It would seem that the season of goodwill has touched Hammerpoint , with Sergey Titov, the executive producer for The War Z,  sending out a long open letter to the controversial MMO's playerbase, seeking to apologise for some of the game's issues, not to mention the behavioural practices of the studio itself.

Titov reckons that the overwhelming success of the game had something to do with the bad reputation the game garnered, tracing his "arrogance" back to early stats, and admitting that he was so focused on hitting the big-time, that he failed to listen to the community.

Titov also addresses his team's rather rather poor record of communication and community management, saying that Hammerpoint will be hiring additional staff to respond to future issues.

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Game Buzz | Episode 13 - Surviving the Apocalypse

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Black Isle, Crowdfunding, Defiance, Game Buzz, Microsoft, Podcast, PWNCAST, Sony, The War Z, THQ

Game Buzz | Episode 13 - Surviving the Apocalypse

Just when we thought we were in for a quiet run up to Christmas, the zombie apocalypse happened! Sort of...

In the final Game Buzz of the season, Matt and Jon chat about the WarZ fiasco, Black Isle's unfathomable crowdfunding initiative, and THQ's bankruptcy. We also take a look at Defiance's cross-platform potential and ask why the hell Sony and Microsoft couldn't put aside their differences for the sake of their customers and consumers.

Game Buzz | Episode 13 - Surviving the Apocalypse. Recorded 20th December, 2012.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

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DayZ Creator: 'Depressing' War Z Controversy Adding To Major Development Stress

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
DayZ, Dean Hall, PC games, The War Z

DayZ Creator: 'Depressing' War Z Controversy Adding To Major Development Stress

"I Gave Serious Thought To Cutting My Losses"

DayZ creator and developer Dean Hall has spoken out on the continuing controversy surrounding competing zombie MMO The War Z, which has been removed from Steam after claims of fraud and false advertising. Apparently the continuing debacle has compounded the stress of his massive DayZ workload, causing his blood pressure to rise and even made him consider leaving the industry altogether.

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UPDATE: War Z Controversy Escalates As Customers Ask For Refunds

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
News
Tags:
PC games, Refunds, Sergey Titov, Steam, The War Z, Valve, Zombies

UPDATE: War Z Controversy Escalates As Customers Ask For Refunds

Outrage Over “Foundation” Release Features & Promises

UPDATE: It appears Valve have been listening to the outcry from its community, as The War Z has been temporarily pulled from sale. In an statement issued to Polygon, vice president of marketing Doug Lombardi apologised for the situation, stating "mistakes can be made," and that Valve have "temporarily removed the sale offering of the title until we have time to work with the developer and have confidence in a new build," although anyone who has already bought the game can still play it via Steam if they wish to.

ORIGINAL STORY: Nothing like a bit of controversy to end the year with, eh? The War Z, the persistent online zombie survival FPS that emerged shortly after the initial success of DayZ, is currently facing a wave of consumer wrath after its launch on Steam earlier this week. A misleading product description prompted calls from gamers of being falsely sold an incomplete game and, in some cases, out-right fraud and with the past few days seeing responses from all sides of the issue, the latest chapter in the saga has seen the product description being changed to better reflect the current state of the game and a rather bizarre interview with the Executive Producer.

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