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Post by Eorl @ 11:45am 21/07/12 | 11 Comments
Yesterday we saw the revealing of an upcoming zombie survival MMO titled The War Z, which is in development by Hammerpoint Interactive. Today is no different, with the release of more information on the upcoming apocalypse title, plus a batch of screenshots to get the zombie genes tingling.

Featuring chaotic environments and survivors banding together, The War Z plans on bringing a new set of rules to a genre kick-started by the recent ARMA 2 mod, DayZ.
In The War Z, players are thrust into a post-apocalyptic world five-years after a viral outbreak that ravaged the human population and left, in its wake, a nightmare of epic proportion. Hordes of undead zombies infest the cities, and the few remaining human beings have devolved into a lawless, nomadic society where the sole objective is to survive at any cost.

Players must use skill and cunning in order to acquire food, weapons and other supplies necessary for survival. While navigating the vast landscape, they will discover cities teeming with the undead as well as other players that may or may not be friendly.
While it is obvious that the game is relying heavily on the popularity of DayZ, and even in some cases borrowing from the very successful mod, it does try to distinguish itself and set a new atmosphere for a genre that many are eager to play in.

One of the interesting mechanics that The War Z will be offering is the chance for players to earn experience points, and then spend those earned points into a set of skill trees, allowing for character progression and growth. While obviously this is a great element in an RPG, could this somewhat diminish what makes a survival game like DayZ so great? In DayZ the only character progression is through items you gather on your adventure and dying isn't as inconvenienced as it would be in The War Z. Would players be willing to start from scratch after investing so much time into the right "build"?

Among the experience points, Hammerpoint Interactive is promising a range of features that would easily compliment a genre like this, including dedicated server support for both public and private sessions and different play modes.
Some features of The War Z include the following:
  • Survival Horror MMO with entire game world build around a Zombie Apocalypse
  • Two modes of play: Normal (downed characters can be revived after “cool down” period) and Hardcore (death will be permanent)
  • Ability to switch between first-person (FPS) and third-person (TPS) perspectives
  • Huge maps ranging between 200 and 400 square kilometers
  • Meld of PvE (player versus environment) and PvP (player versus player) gameplay
  • Unique social elements, including bounties, rewards, help requests, trap setting, etc.
  • Safe Settlements: safe cities within the world where players can purchase, sell and store items as well as post notes for other players
  • Single purchase, downloadable client with ability to play full game without subscriptions or requiring in-game transactions
  • Full developer support with regularly scheduled, free content updates
  • Dedicated public servers as well as private servers that can be completely self-managed in game client
  • For a chance to get into the closed beta testing, head over to the official website to sign up, and you can also check out the official Facebook page for updates and news. Check out the screenshots below for a glimpse into the zombie-filled world of The War Z, including a look at vehicles and environment detail.




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    Twisted
    Posted 12:20pm 21/7/12
    Awesome. Looks pretty promising.
    Winston
    Posted 12:58pm 21/7/12
    I'll definitely check it out, but I'm not sure of the RPG elements, having no skills and experience is one of the things I like most about Dayz
    Trauma
    Posted 01:20pm 21/7/12
    Single purchase, downloadable client with ability to play full game without subscriptions or requiring in-game transactions

    Buuuuuut, if you wanna be competitive/survive you best open your wallet... and leave it open.

    Dedicated public servers as well as private servers that can be completely self-managed in game client

    This needs to be confirmation of no cross server persistence... otherwise lolz.
    Totenkopf
    Posted 01:32pm 21/7/12
    Will get
    Seany
    Posted 01:36pm 21/7/12
    I'll just stick to my DayZ for now, it has everything i need to keep me entertained for hours
    Che
    Posted 10:24pm 21/7/12
    You know what engine would be good for DayZ?

    Any damn engine that isn't ARMA.. I got sick of getting stuck in doorways 10 years ago. Haven't we moved past that?

    Great idea for a game, but i've been playing modded games since QWTF and even i can only get dayz to start about 25% of the time.

    Somebody plz steal the idea and make it accessable.
    Trauma
    Posted 01:28am 22/7/12
    Sounds like you didn't learn much over those 10 years of modding games then. Mods in Arma are fairly simple.
    tvcars
    Posted 11:53pm 22/7/12
    Just registered for the beta.
    Whoop
    Posted 12:32am 23/7/12
    You know what engine would be good for DayZ?Any damn engine that isn't ARMA.. I got sick of getting stuck in doorways 10 years ago. Haven't we moved past that?Great idea for a game, but i've been playing modded games since QWTF and even i can only get dayz to start about 25% of the time.Somebody plz steal the idea and make it accessable.

    x10

    What's with trying to turn around in a doorway and getting stuck?
    Sounds like you didn't learn much over those 10 years of modding games then. Mods in Arma are fairly simple.

    I guess that's what draws people to it, because it sure as f*** isn't the mechanics/physics of the game.
    Tollaz0r!
    Posted 08:19am 23/7/12


    What's with trying to turn around in a doorway and getting stuck?


    Probably the rifle you have sticking out from in front of you and a large backpack sitting on your back. Makes small doorways a bit of a problem when doing a 180 in them..
    groganus
    Posted 08:53am 23/7/12
    Already tired of people comparing this to DayZ, I get why they do it, there really is nothing on the market that you can compare it to... At the same time however this game is an mmo and it sounds like its going to be the Hardcore style of MMO that fans of the genre have been screaming for since the early UO days.

    I am exceptionally excited by it, and I think it has a place next to DayZ which IMO is the best thing to happen to game modding since CS hit the scenes.
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