JUST ANOTHER DAYZ VS WAR Z POST
A few days ago, the War Z announced their ‘Foundation Release’ would be coming by the end of this year.
…Release doesn’t mean that game development is done and finished. This is why we put word FOUNDATION next to RELEASE. With game being not a product but service to our customers, we’re continue to add more features, fixing bugs, adding more content. - via the War Z Forums
There has been controversy over the War Z’s existence from the start; the game was announced at the height of DayZ’s popularity, and the concept of the War Z is a little too close to DayZ’s for comfort. Anyone who knows about either game will already know that they have both been compared and critiqued against each other relentlessly.
But this recent announcement seems to have added another insult to injury for the DayZ creators and loyal fans alike. Naming the War Z’s near to complete state the ‘foundation’ release seems be way too similar to what the DayZ team named the build they are set to release ASAP.
Dean Hall had this to say on Twitter:
“Foundation Release”. Seriously?!? What happened to originality in the world? Copying game design isn’t enough, now what we name our builds?
It seems that Hall is feeling the sting of the War Z’s not-so-subtle lack of originality and is getting pissed off at their persistent ‘borrowing’ of ideas from DayZ and other games. In many people’s opinion (including mine); rightfully so. Which brings me on to why I won’t be picking up the War Z, ever.
Now, I don’t mean to start yet another crusade against either of the games. But I’ve been following the progress of both and frankly I plan to stay loyal to DayZ. I just plain don’t like the look of War Z, it looks sloppy and rushed but that’s just my opinion. The game play looks clunky, and although I appreciate it’s f2p and they have to make more revenue somehow, I also don’t like the extent the paid unlockable content could potentially limit the way you can play the game, despite their insistence that it won’t. Again, these are my own opinions and expectations, not fact. But what is plain truth are problems like (by no means small amounts of) hacking happening on the War Z, which just should not happen in an MMO context. Yes, the War Z isn’t finished yet. Yes, hacking happens too much on DayZ as well, but need I point out that it is still just a mod? Add on feeling sorry for the fact that DayZ’s Hall has been so royally screwed over, and I don’t need much more to put me off of the War Z. However, there are more reasons not to pick up the MMO, and it doesn’t take much scratching of the surface to find them.
I won’t bore you anymore with my personal anti-War Z rant, but check out this post by lostalicedayz commenting on this forum topic. It’s written by ex-War Z forum mod Devin. He explains how the War Z is duping everyone; including claims that the War Z devs will abandon the game should they not make enough money from it in the first six months.
On a lighter note, if you want something funny and DayZ related to read, have a look at this satirical piece on why you should never play DayZ. The author had me fuming at first; the trolling is well executed and it’s hard to know it’s even a joke for a while. Just a heads up…read the comments as well, for your own good.
Screw it. It’s TERA time. Anyone playing on EU let me know.