As Miktar pointed out yesterday in the comments to our War Z piece, the game is no longer for sale on Steam. Valve has pulled Hammerpoint Interactive’s shoddy game; it’s still listed on Steam but you can no longer buy it.
The thing I find most amusing about this decision to pull the game is the fact that Valve makes the public apology. The developers who put together this scam of a game make no apology whatsoever. That probably shouldn’t surprise you considering Hammerpoint’s behaviour and attitude yesterday.
Kotaku received the following statement directly from Valve: “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.”
The statement went on to remind customers that they can get a full refund if they want to by heading over to the Steam support page. As for Hammerpoint Interactive’s ever-delightful boss man Sergey Titov’s response, he provided the following:
“We’re making sure that our Store page is 100% correct this is why.
Bottom line – our end goal is to have satisfied and not angry customers, so this is more important for us than everything else.”
Yeah, cool story bro. The negative publicity doesn’t end there. Since this PR shitstorm hit crisis levels yesterday, people have been finding alleged evidence of plagiarism and pretty nasty notifications of account bans over on the game’s official forum. Note that that supposed forum notification could be fabricated, but judging by Hammerpoint’s attitude so far, it wouldn’t surprise me if it was legit.
If you’ve been sitting back and watching this disaster unfold and you still have no idea how The War Z plays, Kotaku has put together this gameplay clip below:[youtube]4_dgXoiJCoY[/youtube]
As you can see, the game doesn’t even look finished.