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:
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.