Maybe the name “Infestation: Survivor Stories” doesn’t ring a bell. Before the developer decided to change the name of their game, it was known as “The War Z.” Yes, the same game that suffered through a pretty controversial period where it was temporarily pulled from Steam just a day after its release in December. The pull came as a result of players lobbying complaints and accusations at the developer regarding nefarious business practices.
However, all that drama hasn’t stopped the series from amassing quite a following. The game’s publisher, OP Productions, revealed today that they have surpassed 1.3 million registered players. They also revealed that over 51 million characters have been created and that 2 billion zombies have been killed since the games release in December.
Despite all the PR challenges they’ve faced, Executive Producer Sergey Titov remains optimistic. In the press release he briefly touched upon the immediate future of the zombie MMO. “We remain committed to providing the best gaming experience for our fans by using community feedback to polish existing gameplay and to help us plan for additional content, which will be released in a large update later this summer.”
This is an interesting turn of events for a game that was so harshly criticized by the gaming community just a few months prior. Are the growing number of users a sign that the game has managed to turn itself around? Or are players jumping in out of morbid curiosity? As someone who hasn’t played the game, I feel as though I can’t pass judgement on it. However, I’m deeply curious to see how the community of players surrounding the MMO feel about this growth in popularity and if it’s reflected in developers support of the game. Let us know in the comments!
Source: Yahoo Finance