Dean Hall, creator of DayZ, the post-apocalyptic Arma II mod that received quite a bit of attention when it released last summer — enough so to warrant the development of a standalone game — isn’t very happy with The War Z. In case you missed the game’s tumultuous launch, after its release many fans found its Steam description to be a little misleading, eventually leading to its removal from Steam and a public apology from its executive producer. Bad news all around, really.
Unfortunately, because of their similar titles, Dean Hall has had friends and family who have confronted him after confusing DayZ with the controversy surrounding The War Z. This has caused some issues for Hall, who decided to vent on Reddit earlier this week. Read what he had to say after the jump.
“I am angry about the WarZ. I’m very angry. I’m quite hurt personally because anyone can see how similar the words are, and while the average gamer knows the difference individual people don’t. I’ve had family members/close friends mistake the difference and confront me about what they believed was unethical behavior they thought I was making. I really don’t think anyone can understand just quite how exasperated that can make you feel when you’ve gambled everything on something, put your whole self and reputation on the line. So it hasn’t made my life very pleasant and I disagree entirely with the conduct and how consumers have been treated.
I think the word “scam” is such a loaded word that isn’t really relevant in the discussion, much like the word “terrorist” is a very loaded word and very much dependent on point of view.”
I can understand Hall’s frustration with Hammerpoint and their extremely obvious attempt at milking the success of DayZ. I believe there could have been room for two very similar games, just as Slender: The Eight Pages, Minecraft, and even Call of Duty “inspired” multiple similar games after they became successful, so it’s sad to see a developer possibly ruin it for everyone else.
When DayZ does finally release, there will be people who mistake it for The War Z, and that could end up hurting a game and the team behind it who are spending a great deal of time trying to make the best game they can.