A former War Z forum mod by the name of Devin has revealed behind the scenes details including how the developers randomly ban accounts and plans to abandon the game if it doesn’t become profitable.
Posting on the Rhino Crunch forums, a former War Z moderator has posted several telling facts after being banned both from the official forums and from the game following a hacking incident.
Clearly irate about the situation and stating that the developers never made him sign an NDA, Devin began to list several “interesting facts” about the games developer, Hammerpoint Interactive.
WarZ is a direct port over from War Inc.
According to Devin, the developers “literally took the game and added NPCs, made a large map, and changed around camera angles and gun settings while adding more functionality and switching over some things. ALL ART however was actually done in-house by their amazing ART team. (Those were the best guys to know, they were in touch more with the community than Kewk)”
The developers ban accounts of players they know will pay again
“They randomly ban accounts that have a certain amount of time spent playing in-game, knowing they are hooked on the game so they re-buy the game.”
The majority of the games player base is hacking
The former War Z mod states that the games anti-hack is actually functional, however an “extremely large portion” of the player base is hacking. He went on to say that if Hammerpoint banned everyone, “they’d have a mass refund issue on their hands”
If The War Z isn’t profitable in 6 months, they’ll abandon it
Devin states that Hammerpoint plan to “halt development and abandon the game in six months if “revenue is not enough for them”. The former mod states that they already have enough revenue to pay for the game development for over a year, but if they don’t earn enough to give themselves regular raises, they will stop making the game and shut down the servers and website.
Of course any details from a disgruntled former employee, even if they were volunteering, is expected to be taken with a pinch of salt. However, hacking truly is rife within The War Z and many players have commented on random and suspect permabans.
It’s fairly unlikely that a forum moderator would really be privy to this level of information, but there could be some level of truth to what he says. Hopefully others from The War Z team will come forward and clarify the fact and the fiction.
More on this story as it develops.