Infestation: Survivor Stories Hits 1 Million Users

Jason McDonald

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



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      1. Greg July 24, 2013 at 1:16 am

        I haven’t played it yet either and almost picked it up while it was on sale for $3.something. All the videos I saw for it looked just like Day Z and that game is much more about killing other players than zombies. Not my cup of tea.

      2. DOTDJoey July 24, 2013 at 1:46 am

        Hello I played War Z(Infestation Survivor Stories) since the begging of the alpha release. The game did keep me entertain for a long period of time because I played with a group of over a dozen or so active players. The game is unforgiving in the first place and even more so for users that are new to the game with no group. The game lacks dangerous zombies but is made up for by relentless users that seem to have lost all humanity in the apocalypse. It is ruined by hackers really, even with the addition of punk buster the number of hackers have grown and grown. I gave the game more chances than most to prove itself worthy, I even defended the developers publicly for a long while until I realized they were liars. The game will never be what people were told it was going to be. The user base is probably around 1 million total sales only due to the recent steam summer sale of $3.74. The number of course would include total sales even if most of them were refunded due to false advertisement.

      3. Goon July 24, 2013 at 2:55 am

        Steam sale.. Thats why they have so many users. If you can pick up a game for under $4, why not? I’m curious how many are actually active players..