DayZ’s Dean Hall ‘Very Angry’ About The War Z

The controversy surrounding open world zombie title The War Z isn’t just affecting players of that game — it has implications for Dean “Rocket” Hall, the creator of DayZ.

Writing on Reddit, Hall said that he’s “very angry” about the situation surrounding The War Z. If you’re unfamiliar, DayZ is a mod for Arma 2 that turns the game into a zombie survival title, in which players can work together to survive, or decide to kill one another. The popularity of DayZ has been huge, and the similarities between it and The War Z are hard to ignore, from the name to the subject matter.

Not only does The War Z riff on the core concept of Hall’s game, there’s reportedly confusion for many people between which game is which. This was compounded by struggles after The War Z was released on Steam in an alpha state, and players complained that features detailed on the Steam page as being in the game weren’t in the game.

Hall said on Reddit that friends and family have confused his game (which is free as a mod, but a retail standalone version currently is in the works) with The War Z, and even gotten angry with him over allegations of shady business practices by Hammerpoint, the company behind The War Z. Hall previously said The War Z situation has had a pretty negative effect on his mental state, and that he even considered quitting over it.

Lots of developers in video games borrow from one another — it’s part of how innovation in the medium works. But even with that said, the atmosphere surrounding the idea of DayZ and the game that more or less stole the concept, The War Z, is a sticky one. Hall clearly thinks that there’s something underhanded in the creation of The War Z alongside his game; do you agree with him? The War Z’s practices so far have definitely come across as less than consumer-friendly, but Hall certainly doesn’t have a patent on the idea of fighting zombies while fighting other players.

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5 Comments on DayZ’s Dean Hall ‘Very Angry’ About The War Z

Brad

On January 21, 2013 at 9:34 pm

We’ve seen this sort of thing before in the film industry, as well. Someone, in this case, Mr. Hall, has a great idea, and suddenly other people latch on to the idea and try to rush their version of it out as quickly as possible in the hopes of claiming to be “the first.”

bob

On January 22, 2013 at 12:37 am

DAYZ IS A MOD NO LEGAL STANDING WHAT SO EVER BUILD A BRIDGE AND GET OVER IT
AND WAR Z WAS IN PRODUCTION FIRST

anathemize

On January 22, 2013 at 12:42 am

Don’t let Warz devs lie to you about that. However i do think rocket is acting like a baby. Make a better game. Warz looks terrible in comparison. Just get that standalone out and make your money.

Rocket seems like his motto is “When the going gets tough, quit.”

As a consumer competition is great and he should expect that others will try to make similar games because his mod was so popular.

Luther

On January 22, 2013 at 9:03 am

We have seen this before with minecraft a bunch of games came out before it but Mojang pulled it off, Its the nature of business if you make something successful but fail to find away to patent it then someone else will be more then happy to pick it up and well that is the nature of the beast when it comes to mods.

SevenCell

On January 22, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Make the standalone retail version. Make money.
Laugh in the face of the inferior game.