Infestation: Survivor Stories Classic

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Infestation: Survivor Stories Classic
Infestation: Survivor Stories Classic cover
Developers
Hammerpoint Interactive
Publishers
OP Productions
Engines
Eclipse (Arktos)
Release dates
Windows December 17, 2012
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Key points

Originally titled The War Z, rebranded to Infestation: Survivor Stories due to "confusion and trademark issues".[1][2] Classic was later added to the title in 2016.[3]
On launch the game was criticized for misleading advertising, suspicious microtransactions, and forum censorship,[4][5] eventually resulting in its temporary removal from the Steam storefront[6] before being reinstated at around March, 2013.[7]
Servers were shut down on December 15, 2016.[8]

General information

Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

This game is no longer available following the release of Infestation World.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Arktos\WarZ\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/226700/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Anisotropic filtering (AF)[edit]

The game's configuration files (CustomSettings.ini, gameSettings.ini) contain the entry r_anisotropy_quality 1
Changing this entry to a different value does not seem to make a difference in-game.

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

The game's configuration files (CustomSettings.ini, gameSettings.ini) contain the entry r_antialiasing_quality 1
Changing this entry to a different value does not seem to make a difference in-game.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Self-hosting
Servers must be rented through an in-game option.[9]
Direct IP

Issues fixed[edit]

Launcher crashes or stops responding[edit]

Launcher crashes or stops responding[citation needed]
  1. Go to The War Z's installation folder. Its default location is C:\Program Files (x86)\The War Z\
  2. Right click on WarZlauncher.exe and select Properties.
  3. Choose the Compatibility tab.
  4. Tick Run this program in compatibility mode for: and choose Windows XP (Service Pack 3)
  5. Tick Run this program as an administrator and click OK at the bottom of the window.

MSVCP100.dll is missing[edit]

MSVCP100.dll is missing[10]

Download and install Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 SP1 Redistributable:

Notes

Users with 64-bit Windows should download and install both of these packages.

Game freezes when entering server[edit]

Game freezes when entering a server, potentially kicking you before you can move[citation needed]
Poor memory optimization in the engine is likely the cause of this problem. The client can reach nearly 2 GB of RAM usage despite its unremarkable graphical fidelity.[11]
Following this fix in windowed mode is recommended (in-case the client hangs or crashes during testing).
  1. From the in-game menu, select Options and navigate to the display settings.
  2. Using a custom graphics preset, modify every settings on the right to off or low.
  3. Apply the changes. Quit the game client and start it again.
  4. Use the quick-join feature to see if the problem is solved. If it is, proceed to step 5, else seek another solution.
  5. Ignore anti-aliasing and V-sync. Choose one graphics option and modify it to medium or high.
  6. Use the quick-join feature again.
  7. If the client freezes or crashes, modify that graphics option back to low.
  8. Repeat steps 5-7 until you find a configuration that seems aesthetically pleasing, but resolves the initial problem.
  9. If you experience screen tearing enable Vsync.

Frequent crashes[edit]

Frequent crashes[citation needed]
  1. Go to The War Z's installation folder. Its default location is C:\Program Files (x86)\The War Z\
  2. Right click on WarZ.exe and select Properties.
  3. Choose the Compatibility tab.
  4. Tick Run this program in compatibility mode for: and choose Windows Vista (Service Pack 2)
  5. Tick Run this program as an administrator and click OK at the bottom of the window.
Clicking on "play game" causes a crash[citation needed]

Uninstall AVG Antivirus. If you do not have AVG, set your antivirus software to exclude the game's installation folder.

Enable SLI[edit]

Enable SLI (Multi-GPU)[citation needed]
Do not follow these instructions if you do not know how many GPUs are in your PC and/or if you have only one GPU in your PC.
  1. Download Nvidia Inspector and extract the .zip file's contents to a new folder on your PC.
  2. Double-click nvidiaInspector.exe and click the toolbox button (shown in red below).

Inspector button.jpg

  1. Press the Create new profile button (shown in green below). Use a profile name like WarZ for convenience.

Inspector button2.jpg

  1. Press the Add application to current profile button (shown in blue above).
  2. Locate the game's installation folder (C:\Program Files (x86)\The War Z\ by default). Select WarZ.exe
  3. Modify the entry for SLI compatibility bits to show 0x02C04205
  4. Click Apply changes at the top right of the application.

Inventory shows weird names and descriptions[edit]

Inventory shows weird names and descriptions[citation needed]
  1. From the in-game options menu, choose Language.
  2. Select English and apply.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Anti-cheat PunkBuster, FairFight, Easy Anti-Cheat [12] [13] [14]

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 3.0GHz / AMD Sempron 3400+[15]
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 205
AMD Radeon HD6250
The game is a multiplayer game. It requires a stable Internet connection with sufficient connectivity to regions in the US, Russia and/or Europe.

Notes

  1. File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/226700/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (226700) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. Greetings Survivors! Effective today,... - Infestation: Survivor Stories | Facebook
  2. SteamDB - Infestation: Survivor Stories Classic - Displaying change #237527 - last accessed on 2018-09-04
  3. SteamDB - Infestation: Survivor Stories Classic - Displaying change #1799137 - last accessed on 2018-09-04
  4. Kotaku - The War Z Mess: Every Crazy Detail We Know So Far (UPDATE) - last accessed on 2019-11-20
  5. Complex - 'The War Z' Pulled From Steam After Complaints of Scams and False Advertising - last accessed on 2019-11-20
  6. [The War Z Removed From Steam [UPDATE: Valve Calls Release 'A Mistake'] Kotaku - The War Z Removed From Steam (UPDATE: Valve Calls Release 'A Mistake')] - last accessed on 2019-11-20
  7. Steam Community - Why the hell is this travesty back on Steam? - last accessed on 2019-11-20
  8. Steam Community - I:SS CLASSIC END OF SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT - last accessed on 2018-09-04
  9. How to Rent a Private Server : Infestation Survivor Support
  10. "MSVCP100.dll missing" error - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  11. Tested by FudgePoly using numerous graphics options and monitoring software.
  12. Steam Community - Official Answers From JonnyTruant Senior Producer To Member Questions - last accessed on 2019-11-20
    "Will we be getting an additional layer of anti-hack?
    We are constantly working with FairFight and PunkBuster on improving detection rate, and at the same time making sure that we will not have any false positives. It is an ongoing process and it will only be improving over time. At this time, we don’t have plans to add additional anti-hack software, but FairFight and PunkBuster always add additional detection and prevention layers to their software.
    "
  13. Easy Anti-Cheat
  14. Even Balance, Inc. - PunkBuster Online Countermeasures - last accessed on 2018-09-04
    "Fri Jan 04 2013 12:00
    OP Productions LLC has contracted with Even Balance, Inc. to integrate our PunkBuster™ Anti-Cheat software into the survival mmo Zombie Game known as Infestation, developed by Hammerpoint Interactive.
    "
  15. http://www.game-debate.com/games/index.php?g_id=5244&game=The%20War%20Z