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Post by Eorl @ 06:55pm 16/01/15 | 5 Comments
Despite massive controversy surrounding both the game's development and its features available on launch, developers of The War Z have revealed that the open-world zombie survival has now surpassed a crazy 2.8 million in sales.

From the beginning, players accused The War Z (aka Infestation: Survivor Stories) of liberally borrowing ideas from Bohemia Interactive's cult-hit DayZ, including its setting and basic "survive against endless hordes of corpses" gameplay. Then The War Z reached Steam and was immediately hit by allegations that the developers knowingly listed features on the digital storefront that had not yet been added to the game. Valve eventually stepped in and pulled The War Z from Steam.

The War Z was eventually fixed and made a return to Steam, but the problems didn't end there. Days after it re-emerged, the game's servers were hacked. Fortunately, player payment information was not compromised but the hackers did gain access to player email addresses and War Z log-in information. A short time later publisher OP Productions changed the game's title to Infestation: Survivor Stories, presumably to avoid conflict with the recent Paramount Pictures' feature film World War Z.

Despite all these problems and its lacking appeal on the surface, the game continues to attract a following. In July it surpassed over 1.3 million players and in a recent Gamasutra post-mortem, executive producer Sergey Titov claims the game has sold over 2.8 million copies to date.

Though successful, Titov believes his team could have done better. "Throughout all of this, I think the biggest mistake we consistently made was that we were arrogantly deaf to problems raised by a vocal minority of players," Titov told Gamasutra. "For a long time our strategy was very simple - we looked at a massive amount of data we had mined and if it looked generally okay, it meant that things were going well, and if someone started discussing problems on the forums or on social media we generally ignored them. There was a lot of hate out there on the web being aimed toward us, the studio, and the game. Today, I realize that there was plenty of reason for that hate, but at the time, we were foolish and thought that we didn't have to listen to or respond to 'haters.'"

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Latest Comments
Posted 08:24pm 16/1/15
No way do I believe anything this dude says. His Gamasutra post is 100% revisionism, pure bulls*** streamed direct from one of the motherlodes.
Posted 10:34am 21/1/15
I could see there being enough idiots giving the team money for their scam of a game, hell we saw it everywhere else in this world. I'm just glad out of this DayZ craze we've been able to get some pretty fantastic games, DayZ Standalone included even with all its development problems.
Posted 09:55pm 16/1/15
Sergey Titov
Posted 10:46pm 16/1/15
"by a minority of players". F*** this Titov guy is full of crap. Such an arrogant fkwit.
I remember when the initial issues were popping up on Steam. Again he said the game is great and only very few people have problems, the fact that people were buying the game "means it is good and they like it".
That is the same kind of bulls*** you hear from EA with regards to BF4. People buying the game so it must be great.
These clowns, people buy the game because they want it to be great, but then they realise it is a smelly piece of s***.
Posted 10:01pm 20/1/15
What a backhanded apology for ignoring the fan-base.
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