Yesterday, Hammerpoint Interactive’s open-world survival horror game The War Z became available for purchase on Valve’s online gaming service Steam. After numerous accusations of fraud and deceit, however, the game has been pulled from the marketplace.
Several months ago, The War Z entered beta testing, with paid pre-orders giving first access to the beta. However, on December 17, the game’s “Foundation release” went live despite reports of the game still being plagued by numerous bugs. When the game became available on Steam a day later, the game’s product page promoted many features that were not in the game at the time, such as maximum of 100 players per server when the limit was set at 50, and the implementation of a skill system where there was none.
Valve has responded by removing the game from the Steam marketplace and offering refunds to customers who bought the game via Steam. Their statement can be read below.
From time to time a mistake can be made and one was made by prematurely issuing a copy of War Z for sale via Steam. We apologize for this and have temporary removed the sale offering of the title until we have time to work with the developer and have confidence in a new build. Those who purchased the game and wish to continue playing it via Steam may do so. Those who purchased the title via Steam and are unhappy with what they received may seek a refund by creating a ticket at our support site here.
Hammerpoint Interactive has yet to comment on the game’s removal from Steam. We will update this story with more information as it becomes available.