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War Z dev doesn’t mind comparisons to DayZ

By: Moses Abaortae

  |   October 19th, 2012   |  
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Sergey Titov, the executive producer of the upcoming survival shooter set in a post zombie-apocalyptic world, claims he doesn’t mind the similarities with DayZ and believes both games can co-exist.

The game fad has grown into something much bigger and now be classified as a trend with nearly every studio working on something related to the undead. Capcom has two Zombie based series in the market with Dead Rising and Resident Evil, Activision has the Zombies from Black Ops 2 and a number of developers are also planning on releasing Zombie expansion packs and DLCs.

However, some titles have made more headlines than others and perhaps the biggest zombie game on the internet happens to be a mod. DayZ sees players thrust into an unforgiving environment where they find zombies, supplies and survivors.

The latter are the most dangerous as one can never know if they are friend or supply stealing foe.

However, the mod is now being developed into a standalone title, but not without a bit of competition as Hammerpoint Interactive is also set to begin the beta for their game The War Z by the end of this month.

When asked about the obvious comparisons with its counterpart, Sergey Titov, the executive producer of War Z, responded, “We don’t mind being compared to DayZ at all – in fact we are fans of the mod. Ultimately, we hope that gamers will end up playing both The War Z and the Day Z standalone.”

He went on to explain how the War Z was more open than DayZ and allowed players to play it as they wished as opposed to the restrictive nature of the latter.

He said, “It’s difficult to compare at the moment, but, though there are similarities, we tried to create a game that was a little bit easier to access and play, and that would allow players to be creative and create their own scenarios.”

Titov also played down talk of Hammerpoint attempting to steal some of DayZ’s thunder and believes that there was enough for both games to thrive in the current market.

“We aren’t looking to be better than or displace Day Z at all – there is definitely room for two great games in the same genre and we think that the gaming audience will agree.”

The beta of the War Z is expected to be released by the end of the month and only then will players get an idea of exactly how similar or different the game is from its competition.

However, gamers would have to agree that the prospect of two survival horror zombie games does sound better than one.

But what are your thoughts on the two games; will they be similar or have enough to differentiate themselves from one another?

Let us know in the comments section below.