Day Z creator 'depressed' by War Z controversy

Dean Hall says situation surrounding Hammerpoint's zombie survival game made him consider quitting game development altogether.


Creator of Arma II mod Day Z Dean Hall has spoken out about the situation surrounding Hammerpoint Interactive's The War Z, saying the controversy has left him "depressed" and led to him considering quitting game development altogether. Writing on Reddit as "rocket2guns," Hall broke his silence.

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"I know I have been very quiet lately. So this will be really all I'll say for the moment. I've been pretty depressed about the whole situation," Hall said. "From a personal standpoint, this whole 'saga' of the development made me seriously question if I wanted to be involved in the industry and I gave serious thought to cutting my losses and not being involved in the project."

Hall said he has been "hammered" with requests from media and fans alike, asking for his take on the situation and for further information about Day Z. He declined to provide any insight, noting he is keeping to himself while working on Day Z along with the rest of the development team.

Hall said he discovered during his Army discharge medical examination this week that he has high blood pressure and "some things in life just aren't worth worrying about."

Controversy surrounding The War Z came to light upon the game's release through Steam this week. Users quickly began reporting numerous issues with The War Z. Further, many players criticized the game and developer Hammerpoint for being misleading and for censoring their comments about issues with the game. The game has since been pulled from Steam.

As for Day Z, Hall and his team are currently working on a standalone version of the zombie game to be published by Bohemia Interactive in 2013 for PC.

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