Dean Hall on The War Z: 'I Am Angry...I'm Very Angry'

Dean Hall, the developer who is sometimes known as Rocket and who's stellar ArmA II mod DayZ took the gaming community by storm last year, isn't very happy with Hammerpoint Interactive and The War Z.

In a post on Reddit yesterday, Hall was asked to clarify on some comments he had made in reference to The War Z. Specifically, he was asked to expound on a statement in which he said that, "I didn't do the last update because we held off on things, given the fiasco of the WarZ scenario and the intensity of the hate I received from people confusing WarZ with DayZ made me really not feel very positive."

Hall explains further:

I don't think I've ever said they weren't competition. But I have said, as I did above, that competition doesn't necessarily mean lower prices or better quality for the consumer (automatically). It can actually mean that companies get carried away competing for something that isn't important (such as perception, or marketing).

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.

He continues on to say that, while he is frustrated with the situation and the confusion that has sprung up around the two games, he doesn't seem to think that The War Z is a 'scam' (which it clearly isn't).

As far as we're concerned, the two games are not identical and there is more than enough room for both. But we're curious what you think; has The War Z done wrong by being similar to DayZ in both name and gameplay? Is Dean Hall overreacting here or do you think he has a legitimate reason to be concerned? Let us know in the comments, we're curious to see where you stand on the debate.

Source: Reddit via Kotaku


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