The War Z back on Steam

Hammerpoint's controversial zombie shooter reinstated in Valve's virtual storefront after being pulled in December.

The War Z has been resurrected. Valve has announced that Hammerpoint Interactive's controversial zombie game is now again available to purchase through Steam.

"The War Z is now available for purchase on Steam. Valve and Hammerpoint Interactive collaborated to address community feedback, update the Steam store page, and make the title available for purchase worldwide," Valve said in a statement.

"In addition, a patch has been released to update existing customers. As such, the special refund offering extended for The War Z Steam customers who previously purchased the title has concluded."

The War Z 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 is currently available to purchase for $15. Gamers can also spend $25 and $50 to purchase The War Z with 2,100 and 7,500 Gold Credits, respectively. For more on The War Z, check out GameSpot's review.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Did you enjoy this article?

Sign In to Upvote

eddienoteddy

Eddie Makuch

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.
Infestation: Survivor Stories (The War Z)

Infestation: Survivor Stories (The War Z)

Follow
184 comments
scamforever
scamforever

the best awesome scam i have ever seen.

I just regret one thing, earning as money as hammerpoint and sergey titov had earned whithout any work needed, nobody know where the money entrance were invested, certainly not in developpement... so... we had to say they are genius of our modern's time, probably heroes ! Ave titov.... First of your game i bought, last i bought too. And i could be really thankful, if you 'll never make one again, not in this life, and not in others. Thank you :)

Mattydigs1
Mattydigs1

Proof positive that metacritic is by no means always reliable. All I can say is think for yourself. For me, it's the best 15 bucks I ever spent, hands down. Playing with a huge clan and no one can touch us. Hacker problem is being addressed and is better in general. Skill trees are in now. 100 man servers. Regular updates. It's only getting better. Don't believe the smear campaign is all I can say, I fucking love this game. I play literally every day and so does everyone in my clan. 

Pretty sad that a bunch of people who never played the game or barely played just sit on the internet and cry and whine about it like little pansies.

petez34
petez34

Buy it Now! It's the best zombie game out right now, is what I would say if I was retarded. 

axelx666
axelx666

they probably put it back online because some big company paid them $$$$$ to do so.

valve don't care about quality, just want monies.

poromenos
poromenos

Pay 15$ and have hardcore microtransactions IS UNACCEPTABLE!

Atombomb1981
Atombomb1981

They should never allow unfinished games to be released, not on Steam or anywhere else. Paying customers are already used as beta-testers for some time, however with this title they went too far.

June-GS
June-GS

Jeez. Seriously, Valve? After everything, you're still allowing people to buy this... thing from you? Didn't you pull it out to protect your customers and users in the first place? Sigh, I still like you, Steam, but you just lost a lot of respect points from us.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Steam probably allowed it back on because they were tired of giving refunds :P

santinegrete
santinegrete

With that bad start ahead? At least I hope they had the integrity to really finish something close to what they promised.

GarGx1
GarGx1

Anyone dumb enough to buy it, deserves everything they get

djpetitte
djpetitte

one of the worst games in history.

TheMolotovSoup
TheMolotovSoup

Shame on u Steam! We all seen once and know how this ends :(

This game is just horrible !!!

Rattlesnake_8
Rattlesnake_8

Shame steam let them put this game back up. 

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

This whole game sounds horrible...

good_evil
good_evil

Check TotalBiscuit about this. He is right -  there are two camps of people. One hates the game and the other loves it because they bought it and think it is impossible for them to buy bad game. I mean I fully understand, you have to defend that your money were well spent :)

SniperFire17
SniperFire17

I played with my friend for awhile and we had a good time trying to survive.
Fun to play with your friends. The game is pretty hard over all. 
But it's worth the $15 I spent on it. Got some good play time in.

ratchet200
ratchet200

Not a chance in hell i'd be caught buying this. Might just grab DayZ instead.

Accuracy158
Accuracy158

Umm... I don't think I'm going to try it.

KillerBill316
KillerBill316

Now all that's left to do is get Uwe Boll to make a movie adaptation. Then... it will be a complete experience.

AcidD00BS
AcidD00BS

i would really like to know where in the world Hammerpoint pulled that screenshot out of because 1. the game in that screen looks like a game worth playing and 2. they are holding two things at one time and thats just freaking awesome. 

Stevefin
Stevefin

^ This game already has a very questionable dev leader. being the one that made big rigs racing.

those who have no idea what I am talking about, google and be enlightened 

Darko27
Darko27

seriously dont buy this "game" it looks interresting but an interresting concept with no customer services and a lack for improvement is no game to buy.

i bought it, regretted it, spent money, regretted it even more! ive gived it more than a chance.
the team just suck, only wants our money!

Daian
Daian

Damn, I thought this game had been banished back into the infernal flames that spawned it.

suplax
suplax

YES !! They put it back i LOVE this game , it's brilliant , one of the best games ever...

NOT.

phillkillv2
phillkillv2

I think this game was fairly good.

Edit: Lol

robotquest
robotquest

Aside from general bugs and quirks, the only thing I consider categorically wrong with the game is that other users can steal gear that you paid *real* money for. When that changes, I may take this more seriously.

youngzen69
youngzen69

One of the worst con games ever made. The War Z is back on steam waiting to take more of your money. Ready to play?

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

With such a classy handling of that debacle in December I could never bring myself to buy from that studio again, at least not for a long time. I suggest voting with your wallet, I boycotted Ubisoft's DRM, boycotting EA for general asshat-ery, As well as anyone associated with this....thing... Please, vote with your wallet people! This type of business can't be allowed!

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

Please do not buy or support this game. 

Support games that care about gamers and not just money.


oldschoolvandal
oldschoolvandal

Thanks ..... but no thanks. Trust is something hard to earn and easy to lose.

I was luck enough to look for feedback before purchasing it so I escaped the ambush....but Hammerpoint lost the little trust they had from me (after all they are the same guys that did Big Rigs, remember?) and won't get it any time soon.

Particularly not with the same crap game with a few twists.

BladeStrike1234
BladeStrike1234

Still not buying it and I hope others don't either. This trash doesn't deserve to make money.

Dematrix
Dematrix

with a private server and a good community its actually alot of fun. 8/10 would be a 9/10 with more features and tools for the community to use.

oOhedzOo
oOhedzOo

This game is a proof for a dishonest work. It is a live lesson to be learned from.

moleyUK
moleyUK

This game literally is a Zombie.

Raised from the grave to feed off "slow" people.

Run Away!  ...and aim for the Head.

Colekern
Colekern

Can't this game die already?

Ledah
Ledah

What a good joke from Valve, and to think people actually bought this game. Hammerpoint should die quickly.

Frostbite24
Frostbite24

I purchased this game before it was released all the way back in Oct. played in the Alpha, which not surprising, played like an Alpha build. For 2 weeks the devs then claimed it was in Beta after absolutely no changes being made to the game and then finally the;y officially released the "Foundation Release" in mid Dec. 

Nothing had changed since alpha besides very small updates! None of the features that were promised, terrible bugs, horrible optimization, and rampant hacking problems.

I filed a chargeback claim with my bank the day of the "foundation release" under fraud and after 24hrs of their own research to verify my claim they completely reimbursed me without question. My bank looked into Hammerpoint and The War Z and found after one work day that they were defrauding buyers with outright lies and general deception.

If you bought this game and think it is too late to get your money back, it's not, there are still option available to you! Even after 4+ months you should still be able to take back the money that Hammerpoint conned you out of.

CBN16
CBN16

My respect for Valve went from 999/999 to 998.999/999.

My respect for Hammerpoint went from 0/999 to -50/999

keviac
keviac

Wow this is just as bad as DayZ.

megakick
megakick

Don't care looks pointless rather play COD.

rpvarela
rpvarela

I don't know what changes they made to this game (if any) and frankly, from what I've seen, it doesn't really matter.

False advertising, ripping of a mod (look at some of the screenshot comparisons out there if you don't believe me), a terrible, broken launch, a micro-transaction system done in the most... unethical way I've seen in a while and outright banning players who complained about the sub-par quality and things they were promised and that were never featured.

This game is stained, and Hammerpoint Interactive's "tactics" makes them look more like a criminal organization than a game company.

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

who cares about this garbage excuse for a game anyway. 

hobotech64
hobotech64

Meanwhile, Day Z is officially released on Steam as a free mod.  Why even bother?