Hammerpoint Interactive has announced that The War Z will be launching in 'Foundation Release' later this year, a launch that resides somewhere between final release and beta testing.
As announced by Sergey Titov, Executive Producer on The War Z:
We also spend lots of [resources] preparing to what we call "Foundation Release" - basically state of the game, where we're feel very comfortable about balancing, game features, etc and ready to do final wipe and make game "released".
Yet we wanted to highlight fact that Release doesn't mean that game development is done and finished. This is why we put word FOUNDATION next to RELEASE. With game being not a product but service to our customers, we're continue to add more features, fixing bugs, adding more content.
As base release, Foundation Release will include map with all areas unlocked and spawn points, loot, etc tweaked based on feedback we got over last month. We're adding features like a Clans, GC shop ( until now you weren't able to buy GC), adding tons of new small features requested by community.
After that late December or early 2013 we'll turn on Stronghold servers hosting and it will means that [completely] new metagameplay begins.
Sergey continues, saying that we can expect some more information on the Foundation Release in the coming weeks! Make sure you are following FPS General on Facebook and Twitter to stay connected to the latest War Z updates as they come rolling in.
Source: War Z Forums