Zombie: The War Z No Longer Available On Steam

By John Walker on December 19th, 2012 at 6:38 pm.

Crikey – Kotaku have just reported that The War Z has just been removed from Steam. There was word earlier today that Valve were looking into forum moderation issues regarding the game, but people were hopeful they’d dig somewhat deeper into the real issues that had been raised, regarding the apparent false advertising of features on its store page. Those have been changed since, but for whatever reason the game is now not available to purchase. It is listed instead as “Uninitialized”. If you already own it, however, your Steam copy will still run.

We’ve just received a statement from Valve about the game, explaining that it’s been removed because they consider it was issued prematurely, and they’re offering refunds to unhappy customers. You can read the statement below.

Valve’s Doug Lombardi responds to our asking why the game is no longer on sale saying,

“From time to time a mistake can be made and one was made by prematurely issuing a copy of War Z for sale via Steam. We apologize for this and have temporary removed the sale offering of the title until we have time to work with the developer and have confidence in a new build. Those who purchase the game and wish to continue playing it via Steam may do so. Those who purchased the title via Steam and are unhappy with what they received may seek a refund by creating a ticket at our support site here.

Again, we apologize any inconvenience.”

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196 Comments »

  1. Dobleclick says:

    I bought this game a long time ago, have played it quite a bit, and although I fully agree that the game is NOT finished and that the advertising on Steam was clearly deluding, I still enjoy the game! I don’t feel I’ve been scammed so far. I couldn’t care less about the 4-hour revival thing, because I got 5 character slots to play with. Also, this change had been announced a few months back already. Back then it was supposed to be 12 hours, and was a mid-term solution between hardcore perma-death and the softcore instant respawn. It makes people value their lifes more and keeps it apart from a simple online shooter.

    On another note, I’d like to point out that the developers are genuinely listening to their customer base: For instance, 100 player servers were promised, but currently they’re capped at 50. This was CLEARLY a playerbased request. They changed it to 100, everybody started screaming, they turned it down to 50. There are a lot more examples of them listening to their players, such as the recent increase in zombies (also based on player feedback), the fight against hackers, the hunger rate, or the fact that creating a clan no longer costs any gold coins.

    I’m uncomfortable defending this game, honestly, but I believe criticism is far more effective if it doesn’t just call the whole game, their developers and their real-money store a scam. There are good things and bad things. I’ve paid 15€ for a sort of MMO which requires NO investment afterwards, and the patches with new functionality keep coming on a weekly basis. If they continue patching and listening to their customers, I’ll be happy.