Posted on July 19, 2012, Phil Hornshaw Zombie MMO The War Z Coming Thanks to DayZ
The ArmA 2 mod DayZ has shown that there’s a big market for a multiplayer, post-zombie apocalypse game in which players are forced to fight both the undead and one another to survive. And that’s what Hammerpoint Games and Arktos Entertainment plan to create with their newly announced MMO The War Z.
Executive Producer Sergey Titov spoke with IGN about the title, pointing directly to DayZ as helping to make the game possible.
As we saw the popularity of [ArmA 2 mod] DayZ grow, and how players and the community were reacting, we realized two things – first, there was validation that our idea of making a zombie MMO was actually right and that there is a market/player base for it, and second, we decided to abandon the idea of unlocking parts of the map as you progress — rather, the player will be able to freely roam the world and gather information and quests by exploring notes, diaries, etc left behind by both real players and NPCs.
The War Z is set five years after the start of the zombie apocalypse, and though it shares a lot of similarities with DayZ, Titov states that the game will have things to set it apart — like multiple characters and real-world locations (the first game world is called “Colorado,” for example).
And what does Dean “Rocket” Hall, the Bohemia Interactive developer who created DayZ, think about The War Z? PC Gamer caught up with him and asked him how he thought a competitor would affect his mod, which has already garnered some 700,000 players.
I think competition is a healthy thing, and their list of features is ambitious. I’m have been hoping that the gamer response to Day Z has made a few developers, and even a few publishers, raise their eyebrows and question what we consider absolute truths in the industry. Maybe this is the start of that, in that case it is a great thing.”
“But if it is a list of promises, then it’s a bad thing. Because those things are hard to do, and Day Z is only possible because it rests on the shoulders of ten years of development in a fantastic engine. It is one thing to speculate for comment, but it’s something else to promise a feature that hasn’t been developed. Gamers react really badly to that, even when the end result is a good product. They remember and they are harsh critics.
The War Z is currently in alpha and will be released before the end of the year, Titov said.
What do you guys think? Are you interested in another title like DayZ?