The War Z renamed Infestation: Survivor Stories

Controversial zombie survival MMO game changes name after "months" of trying to resolve trademark issue.

Controversial zombie game The War Z has changed its name to Infestation: Survival Stories.

In a release, OP Productions said the name change was due in part to helping fans differentiate the game from "similarly titled brands."

It is possible this is referencing Day Z, another zombie survival game from Dean Hall and Bohemia Interactive.

"OP Productions initially filed The War Z trademark early last year, but soon found out from the United States Patent and Trademark Office that the name was comparable to another property," the company said in a statement.

"After months of trying to resolve the issue, OP Productions decided the best option to avoid confusion among players was to rename the game," the statement went on. "Current players will not experience any change or interruption with the exception of the change in name and game logo."

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.

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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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137 comments
June-GS
June-GS

Uh, excuse me, but NO. As much as I like Dean Hall/Bohemia, WarZ didn't rip it off from him/them. They ripped it off from Max Brooks' awesome bestselling novel "World War Z". Which was released YEARS ago, way BEFORE DayZ. And yes, that's the same book that Brad Pitt's recent blockbuster was loosely based on. Y'all should check it out if you haven't already.

And in any case, it doesn't matter. A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet. Or in this case, a piece of *toot* by any other name would smell just as *toot*...

noandno
noandno

Infest...whatever. Still the same greedy game. No buy

spindie
spindie

If you think the war-z is a cheap cash grab just look at some of the screenshots i've taken today alone.. This game has come a long way in an incredibly short period of time. I bought it on sale for 3 dollars to see how bad it was but now i feel an incredibly weird feeling like i have to show the world how great this game actually is.. I have already 50 hours of play time logged 

http://s1324.photobucket.com/user/RandalMcdaniels/library/

CruiserCaptain
CruiserCaptain

Yeah, lets not forget that it's still War Z, and what they did...
As far as confusion, I think the new name will just be a way to confuse people into buying their crap. Besides the "controversy" of it's original release, it's still a terrible game set-up. And cheap greedy micro-transactions you can lose right away from endless spawn-killing...
It's a horrible game set-up and there is no need to "avoid confusion among players" by changing your name... Knowing something is crap isn't confusion.

HKILLER88888
HKILLER88888

Infestation : Survival Stories...For a game that doesn't have a story line at all neither a Single player mod,that sure is miss leading.and what are the stories?you respawn in middle of no where and you get murdered by some unknown person with a flash light 2 second later.end story try again for another similar story in 1 hour.

DoctorTanaka
DoctorTanaka

I would have gone with "Hello Zombie: Island Adventure"

MN121MN
MN121MN

With such an uninteresting title I hope this game dies.

lilmcnessy
lilmcnessy

I doubt the trademark change was because of World War Z no Dayz. Horrible name

dovonob
dovonob

" OP Productions initially filed The War Z trademark early last year, but soon found out from the United States Patent and Trademark Office that the name was comparable to another property," the company said in a statement."

soon found out my arse........i think you knew what you were doing to begin with you dirty scammers.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

The name change will just trick more people in confusing this with a new game and not the scam that is one of Metacritics lowest rated games.

CRYOSUIT
CRYOSUIT

day z,the war z and world war z, someone has to change the name and someone finally did


hippiesanta
hippiesanta

suppose to be named ..... The Artist Formerly Known as War Z

LazyGamerX
LazyGamerX

hahah call shit by another name but is still shit.

DrCyclopsX
DrCyclopsX

This is like when a shitty nursing home gets shut down by inspectors for, like, making old people lie in their own shit and get infected bed sores and gangrene.

They just shut down for a few weeks then reopen under a new name.

BYOBando123
BYOBando123

" Valve called its decision to originally publish the game a 'mistake.' "   2 months later, guys we are bring back War Z!

Mozuckint
Mozuckint

Big Infestation Rigs: Over the Road Survivor.

CBN16
CBN16

They probably did it so people would think it's a game other than The War Z and buy it.

They're sick...

spindie
spindie

The name change is because of the movie world war z. Dayz has nothing to do with it. Dean hall did not even buy legal rights to to name "dayz" until just recently.. The Warz team bought the rights to the name "warz" before dayz bought the rights to the name "dayz" So ironically The war-z could have even named warz "dayz" at the time and it would have been perfectly legal.. It doesnt matter who makes what first, it matters who goes through the legal process fist..

nastyhotpocket
nastyhotpocket

drop the stories from the name it would sound better

holtrocks
holtrocks

Just a scam, it was pathetic how obvious they made it that it was just a cash in

BladeStrike1234
BladeStrike1234

I know some people that actually thought this was based on the movie "World War Z". Bet they got a lot of sales from the movie already.

wizzzer_thy_133
wizzzer_thy_133

play anything long enough and it's actually "good", it's called stockhold syndrom.

silvergol
silvergol

WarZ The money scam MMO Still living?

I´m glad,i don´t play this shit!.

Gamingtrevor
Gamingtrevor

@mrboone01 It's called journalistic integrity.  A journalist can't say definitely the reasons for the name change, and can only speculate if they make it clear it's an opinion.  So, if I were a journalist, I might say that it's possible you're a snobby kid with to much time on his hands.

ukdd_shumski
ukdd_shumski

@CruiserCaptain Day Z is all based around spawn killing (well not in a all servers). That's the trill of the game. Be afraid of real humans while having zombies as a background. That's how it would be in a real zombie apocalypse. Fighting the dead would be the minor threat... 

CruiserCaptain
CruiserCaptain

Hell, since this comment I accidently started checking this game out again on steam! I saw it and was like: "Hey, what's this new game?" So yeah, I think it's working to trick people into checking it out or possibly buying it without realizing it's still a scam...

blackhawwk74
blackhawwk74

@DrCyclopsX Exactly, you ever play War Inc? If you have, you have played WarZ without the Z's.

xloub
xloub

@spindie Dean Hall needed to buy the rights for the name Dayz now, because the dayz he firstly created is a MOD(!!!) i don't know if you fucking know that, they get NOW to get the name for the standalone which is coming! Warz claimed the name after the Dayz hype, so they are still scammers and liers and they do not deserver shit with their shitty ass game! Get your facts straight before you speak you moron!

spindie
spindie

@nastyhotpocket i agree.. survival stories sounds very stupid.. "hey guys wanna go play some survival stories??" 

heres my survival story.. spawned.. got whacked upside the head.. and lost all my stuff.. got teabagged

blackhawwk74
blackhawwk74

@holtrocks Yup, a scam. That is why they basically just hurried up and partially re-skinned War Inc. and walla, they have WarZ. Add a few Z's and able to sell.

spindie
spindie

@holtrocks Yeah $3 they really are trying to cash in.  This game has a lot of work put into and the vast amount of content alone outdoes the retail price of $15. Plus its optional you do not have to buy it.. What has the war-z done to you that is so bad? People act like this game banged their gf and smoked all their weed

cr8ive
cr8ive

@BladeStrike1234 I think this is the real reason, especially since World War Z has movie-based games as well.


Day Z and War Z ... Jay Z

blackhawwk74
blackhawwk74

@silvergol For the $3 that it was some might as well have given it a go. I'm sorry I spent $25 in October.

Yuusha09
Yuusha09

@xloub @spindie It being a mod doesn't change any of what spindie said, his facts are correct..... you moron.

Temperedelm
Temperedelm

@spindie @holtrocks What did it do?

-It's pay to win (As you may know this is a bad thing in games).

-Buggy as hell.

-Accounts were banned without any discernible reason and upon contacting customer support no reason was given besides "Your account is unrecoverable.".

-Sergey Titov is an arrogant bastard (especially for being behind Big Rigs)

ukdd_shumski
ukdd_shumski

@mrboone01  Lad.. could you please sit down, chill and have a cookie or something. You're just embarrassing yourself man. If you really want to flame the journalist... please don't do it here. Go shout about it from the top of the highest building in your city or town or village. Do it openly, without trying to hide yourself behind nicknames and pictures of human cats or whatever.

mrjehovah
mrjehovah

@mrboone01@Gamingtrevor

 @mrboone01@Gamingtrevor

So since you're not a snobby kid, we must assume that based on your comment you're a condescending middle-aged douchebag.

You point out your opinion not in an insightful or constructive way, you just call people idiots and stupid. Mind you, you're critiquing a piece on a video game website, which has a much lower requirement for literary works than say a national newspaper. I'm not sure what your expectations were when reading a blog less than ten paragraphs long. 

You may feel better by ranting about how disgruntled you are about a writing error, but his small error pales in comparison to your lack of tact and maturity.

WTF1555
WTF1555

@silvergol Tha´s  so fucking funny!

silvergol
silvergol

@Temperedelm @spindie @holtrocks He made this abomination!.

blackhawwk74
blackhawwk74

@FowlBeast @blackhawwk74 @silvergol I honestly like it more when it was first released also. Then they played with everything about the game and you started finding guns with no ammo. No worries, you could buy it in the Market. The game had so much potential and they screwed it up.