The War Z was released yesterday on Steam after some extensive beta testing, though if you've been paying attention on reddit and other gaming community sites you probably already knew not to buy it.

Gamers have called The War Z a lot of things: a Day Z ripoff, a half-finished game that doesn't include half the features that were described when players purchased it, and a money-grubbing application with an upfront price of $14.99 and a plethora of microtransactions (including a charge to respawn sooner than the ridiculous four-hour wait time). And the longer this goes on, the more legitimate those concerns seem to become.

You see, Valve has even gone as far as pulling the game from sale through Steam, issuing the following statement:

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 purchased 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.

Sergey Titov, executive producer at developer Hammerpoint Interactive, blamed gamers for misreading blatantly false descriptions of the game:

We’ve taken steps to correct this and format information presented on our Steam Store page in a way so it provides more clear information about game features that are present in the Foundation Release and what to expect in the coming weeks.

We also want to extend our apologies to all players who misread infromation [sic] about game features.


Yeah, that comes off real sincere. Either way, it seems that everyone should be appeased by what Valve's done to rectify the situation—those who want a refund can get it, and those who want to keep playing can do so (though the game is not currently available for sale to new players). And Hammerpoint is likely going to get a stern talking to from Valve before they get to release another version of The War Z.

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[via Gamesbeat, IGN]