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.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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185 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

Unholy123
Unholy123

The War Z Now with less lies in its features! 

Heh what with its 23/100 metacritic score right next to it I cannot see people thinking "This is a buy for me! what with the rest of the gaming community rating it as a POS"

Personally I don't really care about The War Z but I am abit surprised it was allowed back onto Steam TBH.

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!

bjornborgue
bjornborgue

@Mattydigs1 Are you in charge of the hacking protection of War Z and is "better in general" your professional and unbiased opinion? Skill trees are in; structure, quests, purpose still out. Regular updates? We still have basic glitches like the audio one still going strong. Mmmm and dat collision detection. Since you LITERALLY play it everyday though I might give it another shot. Wait what! Everyone in your clan does too?! Well now I'm definitely firing it up again! Thaaaanks!

Hurvl
Hurvl

@raahsnavj Just from that screenshot it also looks terrible. It's like they took the characters straight out of a modeling program what with that arms-and-legs--awkwardly-outstretched position (sorry, don't know the correct phrase for it). Looks very much Work In Progress.

Xero1246
Xero1246

lol, i asked the same thing myself...a voice in my head screamed *in glados voice* THE SCREENSHOT is a LIE!!!

Xero1246
Xero1246

big rigs racing... i remember that..just check out the gamspot review, the dude that played it went outside, layed on the floor hoping to get flattend by a car, after banging his head multiple times on his desk....LOL

SniperFire17
SniperFire17

@Darko27 It's only $15. it's fun. It's worth it. Obviously you don't think so. 

A dev team only wanting money? They call those a business nowadays. All devs want money. gtfo.

Mattydigs1
Mattydigs1

@bjornborgue Purpose? Wtf are you talking about. It's the apocalypse ,genius. You fucking loot and survive. That and PVP IS the game and we love it. There's nothing hard to understand about what we enjoy about the game. The things you mentioned have little bearing on the things above.  As far as the hacks go... I remember not being able to go 10-20 min without getting hacked. We've been playing for hours at a time recently without being hacked. It's been fucking awesome. No joke or exaggeration.

pr0teu5
pr0teu5

@fiXyouRfacE @SniperFire17 Yea, those that happen to like the game must be Sergey... I happen to like it too, and I also play DayZ. So what. Just because you like one, no need to bash the other one just because it's "Cool" thing to do.

Gazz_mann
Gazz_mann

@SniperFire17 @ratchet200  Of course its full of bugs, its an alpha release mod. And it is very playable! Always Extremely enjoyable to play with mates. Need to look at your PC,Server or what update your running on.

pr0teu5
pr0teu5

@SniperFire17 Depend on when did you play it. It was once very bug, now it's little better. It's still long way to go to be a great game, but hey you get two game at price of one(Arm2).

Sahle123
Sahle123

@pr0teu5 @fiXyouRfacE I don't think a game with myriad gameplay and visual issues even qualifies as a finished game. I don't know about you, but most of the world does not enjoy half finished games. I'm beginning to speculate that you might be masochistic. Which is totally fine if you get off on that.

pr0teu5
pr0teu5

@fiXyouRfacE Yes, We all must think like you. How Fun. Consider the topic of the game. You fit well in it.