Infestation: Survivor Stories passes 1 million users

Zombie survival game formerly known as The War Z sees 1.3 million registered players; more than 100,000 players log in daily.

Controversial zombie game Infestation: Survivor Stories, formerly known as The War Z, has surpassed 1.3 million registered users worldwide, publisher OP Productions announced today.

The publisher also released a series of statistics about the game today. More than 400,000 players log in per month, while more than 100,000 play the game daily. The average user has spent more than 95 hours in the game, OP Productions said.

In all, players have created more than 51 million characters to date and killed more than 2 billion zombies.

In a statement, executive producer Sergey Titov said developer Hammerpoint Interactive will listen to community feedback and incorporate these ideas and suggestions into additional add-on content, due for release this summer.

The game launched on Steam in December and was pulled just a day after release, after users reported numerous issues. Valve called its decision to originally publish the game a "mistake." The game was reinstated on Steam in late February.

Its forums and databases were hacked in April, though no payment information was compromised. Prior to the game's release, Titov called spawn campers "f**gots." The game's press team called his comments a "poor and inappropriate choice of words."

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196 comments
Alko34
Alko34

Why 0/10?

1st impressions:

It is quickly frustrated, angry and ultimately quite disappointed (all depend on the price you've put) ...

Due to the game itself:

- It takes between five and 15 shots to kill one zombie (even to the head,
- In 3 or 4 shots you die
- If you die, it takes 1 hour to reuse your character
- When you return from your character, you do not have a weapon (anything for that matter), you can just run away because you have a weapon (or a flashlight) to enter one zombie
- Move in the game takes several tens of minutes (to join a friend for example)
- (Continued) If you die and you were playing with (the) friend (s) you will have to create / use a new / another character (or wait 1 hour), you appear randomly on the immense single card, often far away from your friends. It will take you 20-30 minutes to get real good your friends
- The fight with a zombie is very basic, it is anything but realistic,
- No interaction with the décor
- The card is pretty empty, especially inside the houses and shops.
- Tons of bugs, including:
  - Can get stuck in a hole with recurrence in the same hole after reconnnecté and offline on a server,
  - If you lie audience riding on a bridge you remain stuck in the bridge,
  - Retail background or advanced = crash my PC with my GTX 680
  - Punkbuster picker you can without reason.

Because of players:
- Cheating proven,
- Some players kill other players just arrived in the game

Things to know if you still want to try the game:
- When starting some support on the 2 button it will bring out your weapon (if you have one)
- In front of one single zombie not need to back typing but it is recommended if there is little life.
- Can be trapped by accepting invitations to join a person, group, becomes visible and at the same time it becomes a target to shoot,
- Traps are stretched, like a weapon in the street, you go and make yourself knock,
- Get on the hood of a car only to be saved (not very believable but hey it saves lives)
- Never run near zombie unless you want to fly or bait or move zombie zone,
- 95200 points to unlock all bonuses knowing that killing a zombie gives 5 points.

vadagar1
vadagar1

im fucking sick of people going toe to toe with zombies

watch dawn of the dead .... you don't want zombies to get close... ever

deltamirage
deltamirage

I picked up the game during the Summer sale. I get flack all the time by saying I enjoy playing Infestation a hell of a lot more than I did DayZ.

KeviNOlighT
KeviNOlighT

I was reading this article when suddenly a wild "Prior to the game's release, Titov called spawn campers "f**gots." " appeared, then I really lol'd. Wtf haha.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

Titov is like the Uwe Boll of video games.

blackhawwk74
blackhawwk74

Some say Metacritic is a joke. Maybe. But of those 1.3 Mil users and as it says only 13% actually play the game daily. This is because of those 100,000 daily players around 80,000 of them are hacking. The game as crappy as it is has turned into hacker vs hacker. Even after they upped the CPU requirements and drove off half their players. So Metacritic is a joke? Maybe not since only that 13% or so would give it a decent rating. A score of 20 out of 100 on Metacritic is about where I'd place it.

Now if you were talking about their money grab off the DayZ hype, that might give them a better score. 

http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/infestation-survivor-stories

Fanible
Fanible

Unfortunately a lot of these sales were due to the Steam Summer sale that this had.  With the rename and extremely low price point, tons of people just bought it on a whim.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

Yeah, that probably is a poor and inapropriate choice of words but you know what?

Anyone who camps out near spawn points is a f**king F**got.

And if you think that means "Homosexual", then your a F**king moron.

omghaxor45
omghaxor45

i dont know why people like feeding companies that love to screw their customers over

wongph
wongph

still better than cod

spindie
spindie

People are so uneducated/redneck that they honestly think the whole entire company is just one single guy??  why don't you shallow minded jerks open your eyes and realize that the hundreds of people who ACTUALLY developed the game are completely different people. The ones who actually made the game did not agree with their scumbag bosses choices to embarrass the entire company, they are just honest people working paycheck to paycheck.

stealthyninja81
stealthyninja81

you know, I wouldn't have had a problem if they had just kept in in Beta the entire time and slowly added stuff. At least then if you buy it you know that your not getting the finished game. instead they released something that was barely at Alpha stage, I don't now how it is know but I will never play it for doing something like that.

nait2k4
nait2k4

Is this the gaming version of a sympathy lay?

youngzen69
youngzen69

Infestation: Survival Stories lol  This name doesn't show up on Metacritic lol

Jaysus41
Jaysus41

Titov has been caught lying about things like this before, I don't believe a single word.

5t4rg4t3
5t4rg4t3

I will forever remember TotalBiscuit's review on this thing, which he was obligated to do. He was dying out of his mind with boredom on this game, it just made me laugh. Game sooo bad.

K-A_L-A_D-U_R
K-A_L-A_D-U_R

And the people who gave these people their money deserve everything they're gonna get.....enjoy.


Seriously, after all the press these fuckers got over this scam of a "game" people are still retarded enough to buy it? Fuckin LOL!

AlecBerg
AlecBerg

Why does the zombie in the picture have noodley stretchy arms?

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

That was the GOTY last year...

superjenius
superjenius

Sorry, but I don't believe a word of this.

The_Last_Paladi
The_Last_Paladi

I wonder how many people were confuse or may have forgotten that this was The War Z?  Honestly I almost made that mistake myself until I remember the article on Gamespot talking about the name change...I could have easily been a sucker and brought this game from the Steam sales, ugh.

Unholy123
Unholy123

Proving once again people are stupid.

I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

xavor01
xavor01

1.3 million people are idiots. Instead of buying State of Decay and/or getting the mod DayZ, they support a lesser shittier developer that only cares about money and not the enjoyment of the game itself. This is why bad games/companies exist because of how stupid we gamers are with the choices we make not knowing we can shape the industry with our wallets. 


feleas
feleas

seriously, the guys who made War Z should have a lawsuit put against them for false advertising, oh and the 5-6 other things that has already been discussed lol

alioli
alioli

@ghost590 because a game not to your tastes is quite popular?

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@Fanible I do things like that all the time. If a game looks cool and is only a couple bucks. I'll spent the few bucsk to try it, and if I like it I own it.


The bad news is, shit games get higher sales because of it.

There needs to be a differant way to judge a game's merit OTHER than the QUANTITY that is sold.

I think the price point should really be brought into context.
How much money did said sales make?

'cause if you sell 1,000 copies of something, at 3 dollars a peice. yeah, you may have 1000 sales, but you only generated 3K in revenue.

SpookyHoobster
SpookyHoobster

@spindie and most of those people are not seeing the real revenue this game makes. The people who work a regular 9-5, the people who can't control how the powers-that-be run their company, won't get affected directly because of people hating this game. It make the company as a whole look bad but it affects those who caused the fiasco way worse.

spindie
spindie

@Travis_Odell Dayz is a rip off of arma2. it started off as a 4mb file (just put zombie skins on the AI and made arma2 items available as loot inside buildings) They did nothing. At least these guys made this game from the ground up. Dean hall doesnt even have a gaming company to make games just him and like two other guys. You going to tell me dean hall invented zombies now?

Deon101sky
Deon101sky

@alioli @ghost590 There are lot of problems with this game, game play and management side of it. Ranging from stealing walking dead art to making players pay real money for bring there characters back from the dead. Not that you would want to seeing the game does not have a working progression system, which it still lies about in the description on the steam page

spindie
spindie

@QTEseven @nait2k4 u cant rip off something as general as zombie survival. Its a genre. Yeah it was disrespectful to name it so close to warz. But everything they did was within the legal statue of law. Dean hall didnt even buy the rights to the name "dayz" until just like 3 months ago. They could have named the warz "DAYZ" and it still would have been perfectly legal. Dean hall has nobody to blame but himself for dragging his feet with dayz. dayz was supposed to come out in december of last year and dean hall says in recently interviews "i am so sick of zombies" Dayz started out a 4mb file and after years its only 100mb.. so dayz is just a rip off of arma2. Dayz isnt so original and unique either. Dauz sucess was made off somebody elses work. Plus look at all the other games that copy eachother like how like crysis3 uses killstreak rewards, perks, and weapon attatchments now (hmm where they get that from) and look at all the open world games that popped up after GTA3. (saints row, sleeping dogs, gangstar, mafia)

stealthyninja81
stealthyninja81

@spindie @Travis_Odell  don't say the devs are lazy when they single handedly turned a buggy as hell engine that was relatively unpopular into a hugely successful mod that will soon become its own game. to say they did nothing shows how ignorant you are. and no shit he didn't invent zombies but he did show everyone that people are interested in a open world simulator-type game as well as LFD arcade style zombie games. its no coincidence that warz popped up after Dayz became popular.

alioli
alioli

@Deon101sky I am aware of that - doesnt mean that I dont like the game though.

towernazi
towernazi

@youngzen69 @QTEseven  Meta Score of 20 is back up on Steam again now. Link to Meta page goes to new Survivor Stories name and in the summary below says "Formerly known as the War Z"