DayZ creator Dean Hall says that all the bad press surrounding the release of rival title The War Z is so depressing that he considered quitting the industry because of it. Speaking to the Reddit community, Hall said the whole ordeal made him "pretty depressed" and made him "seriously question" his desire to be a part of the industry. He also said that the media inquiries and interview requests have caused him to retreat slightly.
DayZ is a mod for Arma II: Combined Operations that is being developed into a standalone product. The mod re-imagines a world where human survivors fight off crowds of flesh eating zombies. The War Z is a similar product.
"I've been pretty depressed about the whole situation. From a personal standpoint, this whole ‘saga’ of the development made me seriously question if I wanted to be involved in the industry and I gave serious thought to cutting my losses and not being involved in the project,” Hall wrote in a post on Reddit. "At my Army Discharge medical this week, they noted I now have high blood pressure. Some things in life just aren't worth worrying about."
"I've been getting hammered by a massive amount with requests for information about DayZ release, interviews and my reactions to this and stuff and such – but for my own sanity I retreated and have kept to myself," he continued. "Right now I'm just at home doing bits and pieces on the DayZ development. The rest of the DayZ team is doing the same. I realize that I went back on my word about releasing an update, but went back into my shell for a bit last week, and I'll come out when the dust is all settled."
Yesterday Valve Software pulled the game from Steam after users complained that The War Z product page falsely advertised several key features. Earlier in the week The War Z developers said that they were sorry that consumers "misread" the product page. Over a thousand angry fans also took to Metacritic to give the game an average user Metascore rating of 1.1 to show their dissatisfaction with the game and the developer.