One of the producers of The War Z at Hammerpoint Interactive, Sergey Titov has publicly apologized for his behavior with regards to the release and support of zombie survival MMO, The War Z.
The game, which many have suggested is a mere rip off of the hugely popular ARMA II modification, DayZ, has garnered controversy since before its release. However, it was only after it hit the digital shelves that the real problems became obvious.
On top of lying about certain in-game features – that had yet to be released and some that would never be – along with screenshots that suggested facets of the game that simply didn’t exist, Hammerpoint’s game itself was incredibly buggy and contained horrible textures for much of its environments.
Despite these problems, Titov remained unapologetic, suggesting that users had merely misinterpreted the game’s description. Ultimately though, the problems with the game led to Valve removing The War Z from its Steam store and offering refunds to customers.
“I need to admit that we failed to effectively communicate some of our plans and actions to both our existing players and to our new prospective player,” said Titov in a New Year’s message to gamers.
“This failure to communicate resulted in some very negative feedback from some members of our community, but while it might be easy to label them as ‘haters’ or some other dismissive term, in all honesty this is my fault.”
The full letter is published over at VG247, where Titov makes several impassioned pleas for forgiveness.
“At the end my arrogance led us to the moment, when all those small things finally caught up and created a “perfect storm” that affected all of our community members. For that I’m truly sorry and apologize to all of our community as well as the larger PC gaming community that is not yet playing The War Z.”
He’s still holding to the idea that this is not a “final release,” but a foundation that will be built upon. Moving forward, he said that Hammerpoint would improve internal practices, involving the development team far more in the community aspects of the game. On top of that Titov pledged to invite ten gamers to the company headquarters to show them what they are doing and to act like a voice for the other players.
KitGuru Says: Well he’s apologised and seems to be learning from his mistakes. Does this make you guys any more likely to pick up a copy of The War Z?