There's little doubt in anybody's mind that The War Z's design document consists of a lot of cribbed notes from Day Z and World War Z, but after seeing the screenshots above, we're not sure if we care. At all.

Calling your zombie MMO "The War Z" is basically equivalent to making an FPS called Ron Clancy's Call of Honor: Battlefield, and it's gameplay sounds similarly "me too." There's an optional Day Z-esque hardcore mode with permadeath, and these appear to be "infected" rather than zombies in the traditional sense.

Here's a list of features that they've already announced:

  • -Big open worlds to explore between 200 to 400 square kilometers
  • -Two modes of play: Normal and Hardcore
  • -Combination of first-person and third-person perspectives
  • -Meld of PvE (player versus environment) and PvP (player versus player)
  • -Strong Role Playing Elements
  • -Multiple playable characters with customizable features
  • -Unique social elements, including bounties, help requests, trap setting, etc.
  • -Safe settlements where players can purchase, sell and store items as well as post notes for other players
  • -Dozens of unique skills that can be learned and improved
  • -Up to 250 players per game server
  • -New weapons and items become available as players explore the game world
  • -Full developer support with regularly scheduled, free content updates
  • -Dedicated public servers as well as private servers that can be completely self-managed in game client
  • -Single purchase, downloadable client with ability to play full game without subscriptions or requiringin-game transactions

Our friends at PC Gamer were quick to point out that these features don't mention what gameplay style the game will incorporate. Will this be a real-time shooter ala Day Z? Or will this be a more traditional MMO with pseudo turn-based combat. This is perhaps the biggest detail yet unknown about the game.

It's being undertaken by Hammerpoint Interactive, a new developer. That last point is a sobering fact for us. On one hand, mother of pearl, just look at those screenshots. We want that game now. On the other hand, any MMO is a huge and risky undertaking for a new dev (just ask 38 Studios and Big Huge Games). 

As of right now we're cautiously optimistic about this new title. We'll just have to wait and see. Or you can sign up for the beta, and find out sooner than everyone else. 


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  • Android04 - July 21, 2012 6:31 a.m.

    Hey all, looking foward to the game! I found a forum for it here:
  • ThatGamerDude - July 19, 2012 10:48 p.m.

    If they let me drive vehicles mindlessly and run over zombies and other players then I'm in. If not, at least make it where most of the interior of buildings can be explored and also nice, open environments where you're practically screwed without teammates. I actually have a whole list in my head of what I want in this game but I'm pretty sure I'm going overboard on this subject already so I'll stop before I lose my sanity...
  • onetimebuster - July 19, 2012 8:26 p.m.

    Im starting to think it's harder to survive against all these zombie game releases then it is against a zombie attack.
  • RedHarlow - July 19, 2012 8 p.m.

    The entire video game industry is based off of ripping off other's ideas.
  • mayday991 - July 19, 2012 5:51 p.m.

    Dear andrew, If you would have done more research,They started making this game before day Z was announced. Would you also say that the day z mod is a rip off of the book world war z? Yeah, I'm being an ass hole because I want your job.
  • HipsterRainbowDash - July 19, 2012 11:37 p.m.

    You do realize that just because they announced a game doesn't mean that it was set in stone at that time. A lot of the "similar" features mentioned here were added after Day Z gained attention.
  • mayday991 - July 20, 2012 7:51 p.m.

    Your name is hipsterrainbowdash, your point is invalid.
  • Baron164 - July 19, 2012 5:43 p.m.

    I just read elswhere that the "Private servers" have to be rented :-(
  • hester2 - July 19, 2012 5:45 p.m.

    Yeah, it sounds like you can either pay real money or use these gold coins you can get in game from killing special zombies to rent them. At least, that's what I got out of the IGN interview.
  • Baron164 - July 19, 2012 5:32 p.m.

    "Dedicated public servers as well as private servers that can be completely self-managed in game client Single purchase, downloadable client with ability to play full game without subscriptions or requiringin-game transactions" This sounds too good to be true, if this means I could host my own dedicated server and never need to pay a subscription fee I'll grab this day one :-) If I have to "rent" a server then I'll probably just pass.
  • Viron - July 19, 2012 4:37 p.m.

    Maybe if I can play as a zombie

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