The War Z is a copycat of DayZ
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.
Is there a bounty for to0t's head?
Day Z had some serious problems (people hoarding the only houses with stuff in them) so this could be what Day Z should be.
The price is too much ofc.
I commented on this in the Hard News comments, but after reading this The War Z sounds like the zombie mmo I've been looking for. I was thinking of getting the Day Z mod but might just wait for The War Z to come out. Although i might still get Day Z to kill the toot that you speak of.
That was fast.
I agree. I was going to make the same connection, mentioning that the World War Z has been on filming for about 2-3 years now, and that it came out before Arma 2's mod ever did... As for the game? We are in the wave of a zombie frenzy era, where a lot of games have something or another about zombies.
So, it doesn't really surprise me that World War Z would make a game counterpart (if it is indeed based off the movie).
Oh joy, another zombie game... Where's that damn "CM Punk Look At All The F--ks I Give" gif when you need it?
terrible reportiing... seing this game was in development before DayZ was released... coincidence... to say a game like Day Z wouldnt have come along eventually is lucicrous seing its a setting everyone would love that just wasnt done right...
I had the idea for the game when i had a zombie obsession when i was 12 or so... so would that make me a copycat if I went out and made a game of it?
Hahahaha, poor NewBee...
War Z... as in World War Z? That's the more obvious link I see. The upcoming movie adaptation might have something to do with the name (along with Day Z). I don't really mind seeing a stand alone game similar to Day Z, although Hall might make one himself too (with help), and there could be more of them coming as well because of the success of it.
The idea behind the Day Z mod isn't exactly original either, even if we haven't really seen it implemented in games before. The reason it got so popular was because people had been wanting to see a more realistic zombie game like this for some time and thought it was cool even if it was just a mod for a simulator game.
Btw, Hall doesn't seem to mind The War Z either and even seems to encourage the competition so I don't think there's any need to call foul play here until proven otherwise.
Sounds lame. Not because it's a copycat or anything, but because of the "traditional MMO features."
Okay. I click on this thinking it was about the book World War Z and I was about to go off saying that it wasn't. But I see it was something different. Anyway, a shameless rip off being made? What has this wor.... Oh yeah that happens all the time.
Nobody will ever forget this great adventure which ended with to0t killing everyone :/
Yes, kill to0t. However, if you ever meet someone named NewBee, you should lie to him and leave him for dead... because he is that gullible.
I think that we're really starting to see a massive quality shift in zombie games with stuff like The Last of Us and DayZ (granted, I haven't played either of them, but they look fantastic)
Wait, this is a copycat? Shameful.
Interesting. No surprise that someone wants to get in on the popularity of DayZ. Not sure how i feel about this either though. DayZ is about SURVIVAL, where NOWHERE IS SAFE. It's realism in that aspect is what appeals to me. IMO, DayZ is a serious contender for top survival horror title this generation lol
hahaha damnit to0t
Well sure, copying DayZ isn't really a surprise. But does it have to be so obvious? I mean The War Z?DayZ? Really? Anyway, I for myself am interested to see how The War Z will turn out.
Killing toOt? Can't you do the dirty deed yourself Jared? ;)