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The WarZ Announced

A new interview on IGN talks with the developers of The War Z, a zombie MMORPG in development at Hammerpoint Interactive for release this year. They discuss various aspects of how gameplay works as well as their business model, which will involve a one-time purchase and microtransactions. They also ask the obvious questions of how the success of the DayZ mod has influenced them, and here's part of the response to that: "So short answer while we began developing our game before DayZ, we've been encouraged by fact that DayZ has become so popular. And yes, of course some of our latest design decisions were influenced by the DayZ community forums." The game is currently in the alpha stage, and they say that closed beta testing should begin soon, which will be offered to some of those who sign up and to all of those who pre-order the game.

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22. Re: The WarZ Announced Jul 20, 2012, 04:35 Jerykk
There's nothing inherently wrong with WW2 or zombies as a theme. The problem is when all the games that use these themes are exactly the same. WW2 and zombie shooters are certainly stale and overdone. That doesn't mean those themes can't still be compelling in other genres. DayZ and WarZ are exploring the zombie theme in ways that haven't really been done before. Similarly, there are still many different WW2 ideas that have yet to be explored. What if instead of playing as an American super soldier, you played as a Jew trying to get his family out of Germany? Such a premise could easily accommodate stealth and roleplaying elements, complete with tough moral choices. Of course, we're never going to see a game like that because publishers don't want to approach WW2 in any interesting ways.

Blame overused genres, not themes that have only been handled in superficial ways.
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