DayZ Creator Dean Hall has made clear his hate towards other zombie survival title War Z recently, saying the game is a shoddy clone of his mod DayZ, in theme, genre, and title. Hall is currently working on a standalone version of DayZ, which recently took a major leap towards release when it went into closed testing.
Hall made the comments on WarZ through his Reddit page recently, not holding back on how unsettling the “knock off” of DayZ makes him feel.
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.
Seeing how the launch of War Z wasn’t the most stable of affairs, Hall hasn’t much to worry about when it comes to being outshone. From a neutral point of view you can feel his pain, but also understand that everyone wants a piece of the cake, you just have to make sure you have the biggest piece.
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