The DayZ mod for ArmA II has exploded in popularity, nearing 700,00 players. Which is downright impressive a mod that's still in its alpha. Naturally, someone had to copy/steal that idea.
Hammerpoint Interactive annoucned The War Z today, which is an MMO-like persistant open world, filled with players surviving against zombies and other players. It has permadeath on characters, a hunger mechanic, and strong PvP elements coinciding with the PvE.
To be fair, War Z does have a few different ideas. It sounds like it'll have some more traditional MMO features, such as upgradeable skills, safe towns where you can relax, and some social elements such as shops, bounties and help requests. Servers can have up to 250 players, whereas DayZ is optimal at 50, though that is being worked on.
The War Z is set to come out this fall for $30. It won't have any subscription fees or anything; just the entry price. They promise regular updates with new items and fixes. If you'd like to check it out early, you can head to thewarz.com to sign up for the beta.
As someone who throughly enjoys playing DayZ, I'm not sure how I feel about this yet. I appreciate the realism DayZ offers, and it doesn't quite sound like The War Z is going to have that. It will probably have its advantages, being a game designed around zombie survival instead of a zombie survival mod attached to a realistic military shooter.
On an unrelated note, if you see someone named to0t in DayZ, shoot and kill him.