Zombie MOAB Month: The War Z
I’ve got to be honest. I’ve been playing so many zombie games that I think I might be turning into a zombie. Which would be really upsetting because I don’t want to have to shoot myself in the head, I kind of like being alive and not decomposing. Big fan, actually. BUT! I recently found out about a new browser game coming out called The War Z.(http://thewarz.com) My zombie obsession immediately resurfaced and I’ve done nothing but try and find out as much information as possible on this game.
I haven’t gotten to play it yet because it’s still in Alpha mode, but it’s probably something I get excited about at least once a day. The War Z is the first zombie MMO and it’ll be here by fall. I. Am. So. Cereally. Excited.
It’s been five years since the outbreak; leaving in its wake a post-apocalyptic nightmare with ninety-five percent of the human population gone. In order to stay alive, you will need food, weapons, and other supplies. Some of you will be able to scavenge as you navigate the terrain, others will be forced to fight for survival as you encounter zombies and other players. Every decision will have an impact on whether you live or how quickly you die.
Arktos Entertainment funds the game being developed by Hammerpoint Interactive. Hammerpoint has a pretty impressive team that includes developers from Black Ops 1 and 2, Guitar Hero, and MechWarrior.
The War Z is a traditional MMO sandbox game where you can run around and kill zombies or go PvP to loot your fellow zombie enthusiasts. It boasts of many different servers with anywhere between 70-250 players as well as the ability to rent and host your own server to play with your friends. They are accepting applications to the closed beta which is hidden behind the “Pre-Order” tab.
The first screenshots (click here to take a peeksy) of this game are pretty impressive. I am not a traditional PC gamer. The last browser game I played was Evony and the only other game before that was Runescape when I was 7. Needless to say, graphics that resemble my Xbox games are a big deal to me. I’m sure it’s nothing new, but it’s uncommon for me to see them. Of course I would build an 8-core desktop and still not have played a game on it 3 months later. I’m hoping The War Z will break that for me.
According to the limited information on the website, there will be no DLC’s or expansion packs. What you buy is all you need. There are also no classes or restrictions. You have the opportunity to customize your own character and game play to build your own post apocalyptic experience. I see myself not leaving my room for days and/or months. Which you should thank me for, because I won’t be showering unless I find a waterproof computer to play with whilst I lather.
The F.A.Q.’s hint at guaranteed invites for those who participate in the forums and FaceBook. Due to this, there is a flurry of activity on the forums of people discussing what they plan to do during the game as well as clan building so they can be ready when the big day comes. I’ve played around in the forums so I can scope out my competition and see what others’ strategies might be, but I haven’t decided on a clan yet. I’m the type of person to join a lower ranked squad and build it up. Mostly just to prove that I can. I obviously think that being a part of a group is a must especially, if PvP is involved, but I don’t want to make hasty decisions.
There’s a lot of talk in the forums about the game play and what kind of modes there are. I’ll give you guys an update on what I’ve found out in a later post. Hopefully, by then, the devs will have released more than what we’re able to speculate about.
There has been no word on when the beta or release of the game is scheduled to happen. There have even been some threads on the forums expressing frustration at the lack of information from the devs. Well, they are working on building an empire, guys. Be patient. I have a hard time believing that something this big would just fall through.
The War Z is definitely worth the wait, though. A game of this magnitude that marks a benchpoint in gaming history only comes only every once in a while. What are your strategies when the game comes out?