After our astonishing interview with The War Z's executive producer yesterday, it comes as no real surprise that Valve has stepped up and pulled The War Z from sale on Steam until Hammerpoint sorts out its issues. Customers who already bought it via Steam can keep it if they want; those who don't can get a full refund from Steam support. Valve also admits it made a mistake in releasing The War Z in the first place. Valve's full statement below.
The War Z is an upcoming zombie MMOFPS from HammerPoint Interactive and should appeal those gamers that have sunk many hours into the popular Arma 2 modification DayZ. In the game, you need to fight zombies and other real player-controlled characters in order to survive in the world of Colorado. To do so, you must equip yourself with food, equipment, weapons and other necessary items for your survival.
I got animated about World War Z only twice, and neither time directly concerned the film itself. The first time was a heated debate about whether the Z at the end of the title should be pronounced ‘zee’ or ‘zed’ (plainly the latter); the second was my inner conflict during a sequence near the end of the film in which a plane is crashing – I was deciding whether to visit the toilet to relieve myself and risk missing a minute of the film or to stoically remain in my seat, legs crossed. That I found myself leaving the theatre after this brief deliberation sums up the appeal and level of engagement World War Zzzz inspires in its audience.