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Umm, OK: The War Z Is Out Now, I Think

By Nathan Grayson on December 18th, 2012.

Oh, hm. Well, this comes as something of a surprise. Not terribly long ago, The War Z ventured out from the safe embrace of alpha into the unknown reaches of beta, and now it’s… live? I think? The undead-infested MMO shooter’s shambled onto Steam, and Hammerpoint’s declaring this a “Foundation Release.” Which – from what I gather – is like a normal release, but with the promise of heaps of new features in the very near future. There might even be zombies involved. There is, believe it or not, precedent for this.

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The War Z Beta Iz Ztarting Zoon

By Nathan Grayson on October 5th, 2012.

And then, when we've finally defeated the zombies, the trees will make their move.

If The War Z were some form of night-walking terror creature that’s traditionally been slotted into either fast or slow categories – let’s say a gerbil – it’d definitely end up as the former. Hammerpoint’s permadeath-optional zombie MMO burst onto the scene earlier this year, and it’s kept up a rather unbelievable pace ever since. And now, both alpha and beta are right around the corner. I mean that, too. Go look around the corner. They’re right there. And hey, you can participate if you’d like.

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Deja Vu Z: The War Z Has Zombies, Permadeath

By Nathan Grayson on July 20th, 2012.

Another thing Day Z doesn't have: vaguely ironic placement of Stop signs.

The universe is weird sometimes. See, The War Z is not – nor, based on development time, could it be – entirely a Day Z clone. Yes, it’s an MMO with (optional) permadeath set in a  ”post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested world where other players can prove to be a greater threat than the undead hordes that populate the land,” but it began development last year and is set to launch this fall. So while I imagine there’s some inspiration, it seems to have overlapped with one of those strange situations where a bunch of people in different parts of the world had many of the same ideas at once. And, encouragingly, The War Z looks to set itself apart with a very strong Fallout-ish RPG streak as well.

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