Zombie survival MMO The War Z announced

Say, you like scavenging for supplies in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by the walking dead, don't you? If Day Z is too intimidating, you may fancy the newly-announced MMORPG The War Z, which seems to offer a slightly less hardcore "survival horror" experience but still has permadeath.

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Say, you like scavenging for supplies in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by the walking dead, don't you? If Day Z is too intimidating, you may fancy the newly announced MMORPG The War Z, which seems to offer a slightly less hardcore "survival horror" experience but still has permadeath and that jazz if you want it. Roaming across maps of 200-400 square kilometres, you'll be searching for food and weapons, anything to keep the zombie hordes--and other players--at bay. There are RPG-y elements, like gaining experience to learn new skills, and safe towns where you can buy supplies, but it sounds pretty bleak in general. Hit the announcement for more details. As well as a 'hardcore' mode with permadeath, like in Day Z, there will be 'normal' servers where you can revive. Developer Hammerpoint Interactive plans to run dedicated public servers, but players can also run their own. And, pleasantly, The War Z doesn't seem to be either subscription-based or free-to-play. Like Guild Wars 2, once you buy the MMORPG there are no subscription fees. I wouldn't be at all surprised if there were optional microtransactions too, though. The War Z is due on PC this fall, and you can sign up for a closed beta launching in summer.

Move zed, get out the way! Get out the way zed, get out the way!

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    July 20, 2012 6:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Zombie survival MMO The War Z announced.

    Say, you like scavenging for supplies in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by the walking dead, don't you? If Day Z is too intimidating, you may fancy the newly-announced MMORPG The War Z, which seems to offer a slightly less hardcore "survival horror" experience but still has permadeath.

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      July 20, 2012 6:09 AM

      I saw a video about the ArmA (I think) zombie mod and the American "Zee" for Z sounds silly. I think we should switch to Zed.

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        July 20, 2012 6:33 AM

        "Zed" is the name of a hairy 300 lb hillbilly gas station attendant wearing overalls and no shirt. Not a letter.

        http://www.flickr.com/photos/dobbs383/2465092169/lightbox/

        That's a Zed.

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          July 20, 2012 9:59 AM

          God bless America and pop culture for randomly (actually I'd be curious as to why you pronounce it zee) choosing a pronunciation, while then giving a connotation to the former as a 300lb hillbilly.

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            July 20, 2012 10:05 AM

            Our pronunciation of Z is more in line with other letters like B, C, D, E, G, P and V. In fact, I'd say most letters are pronounced by adding vowel sounds to the sound of the letter itself to make them pronounceable. It's seems strange to me to add both vowel and consonant sounds to the name of a letter like you'd do with "zed".

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              July 20, 2012 10:07 AM

              (by the way, the reason everyone else pronounces it "zed" is because it derives from the Greek letter zeta)

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                July 20, 2012 10:22 AM

                B comes from Beta, but we don't pronounce it "bed".

                Zee actually looks like it comes from a 17th century English dialect, so the blame isn't entirely with Americans on this.

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                July 20, 2012 10:51 AM

                I had assumed it was Zed to distinguish it from B, C, D, E, G, P, V... leftover from the great war, wot.

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                  July 20, 2012 11:15 AM

                  Nothing about the alphabet tries to distinguish one letter from the other very much, hence the phonetic alphabet.

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          July 20, 2012 1:20 PM

          Zed's dead baby. Zed's dead.

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          July 20, 2012 10:50 PM

          Nah, Zed is Bobcat Goldthwait in Police Academy.

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        July 20, 2012 10:13 AM

        Dude, I'm Australian, live in England, and think Zed sounds stupid. It's one of the few things America did well to grammatically butcher.

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      July 20, 2012 6:53 AM

      I'm guessing it won't have any guilds or clans? I hope not, I'd rather have a more DayZ like game but less glitchey. Anyway doesn't a MMO kinda defeat the whole apocalypse thing? I mean how many people to a server? If people aren't outnumbered by zombies at some ratio of 1 to 5 or the like it'll just be silly.

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      July 20, 2012 9:50 AM

      This looks like fun. Dayz is a little too much for me. But this looks like a viable option.

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      July 20, 2012 10:41 AM

      Unaffiliated with Day Z I take it? Who are these developers?

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        July 20, 2012 10:44 AM

        lol of course

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          July 20, 2012 10:51 AM

          Although, I can't seem to find an answer to your second question. This is their first game but I can't tell if they're vets

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          July 20, 2012 10:53 AM

          Sounds to me like completely unproven developers taking an "MMO" as their first project and getting a boost of publicity because of its highly misleading name.

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            July 20, 2012 11:00 AM

            I agree. Now that I realize that this is not World War Z, I'm pretty annoyed with them for their name

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      July 20, 2012 10:45 AM

      Wait a second the name is The War Z. I read this news in a lot of places and read it as World War Z, as in licensed from the book, every time.

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      July 20, 2012 10:46 AM

      if you die you should come back as a zombie, so there's permadeath and if your zombie gets dismembered/incapacitated then you are totally dead.

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        July 20, 2012 10:52 AM

        Human controlled zombines sprinkled in to the regular zombies has the potential to be cool. Left 4 Dead touched on that idea

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        July 20, 2012 10:55 AM

        Or zombies could get cured and come back, ala Urban Dead.

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      July 20, 2012 1:01 PM

      They probably already are on the "Buy next" list of EA or Activision.

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      July 20, 2012 11:07 PM

      Those screenshots look staged/fake. Like someone jumping on the DayZ train and scrambling to put something together just to announce it.

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        July 21, 2012 5:43 PM

        yeah, because the whole zombie fad didnt exist until day z.

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