Infestation: Survivor Stories (fka The War Z) is being republished as Infestation World

    
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Thai publishers Electronics Extreme and OP Productions (no relation to Massively OP) have today announced they’re bringing open-world survival sandbox Infestation World to… well, the world. Or a big chunk of it. And if “infestation” sounds familiar, that’s because the game was once known as The War Z, which became Infestation: Survivor Stories, which then-Massively writer Mike Foster called “worse than actually being killed by zombies.” The original is now called Infestation: Survivor Stories Classic on SteamRomero’s Aftermath was another spin-off of the original last year.

Electronics Extreme says Infestation World is the free-to-play “global service” for “North America, South America, Europe, CIS, CN, Middle East, Africa and Oceania/Australia.” Thai servers will be separate, according to the FAQ, and currency purchased in ISS: Classic since last October 29th will transfer to the new version.

“Electronics Extreme has made significant improvements to Infestation World since taking over the game when it was called War Z,” says the publisher. “Frame rate inconsistencies, bugs and cheating have been addressed, in addition to the introduction of a massive amount of new content as well as a new storyline.” The studio also promises friends lists, respawn time tweaks, territory systems, and new competitive multiplayer game types with an eye on e-sports.

Closed beta is expected to run March 28th to April 3rd, with an open beta (soft launch?) on April 6th.

Source: Press release, official site, FAQ, Steam
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ihatevnecks Qarran astato95  ah, I didn’t clue in that was from Thailand.  Well… that explains alot actually.

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Qarran astato95 No, it was a serious comment. If you watch the video, they show all this esports nonsense at the end, and it’s from Thailand.

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astato95  LOL! You must watch Last Week with John Oliver.

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melissaheather aboomwithaview A penny for the Old Guy.

astato95
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I’ve heard that this game is doing very well in thailand.

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Huh. I’ve never seen the abbreviation FKA before, but it’s somehow oddly fitting here.

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Nate Woodard

It’s gotta be the double tap man! Surely, you know this! :D

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Nate Woodard

This is its third attempt at being something. And while I had fun with DayZ the team working on it hasn’t done jack with it, so I’ve moved on and truly the genre as a whole.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

…Again?

DeadlyAccurate
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There are book publishers and literary agents who do this sort of thing. After their name gets rightfully dragged through the mud long enough, they rebrand in the hopes of disappearing from the Internet long enough to catch new marks. (In book publishing there’s a watchdog organization dedicated to warning writers of scammers, but this sort of behavior tends to be rarer in gaming).