World War Z

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World War Z
World War Z cover
Developers
Saber Interactive
Publishers
Focus Home Interactive
Engines
Swarm Engine[1]
Release dates
Windows April 16, 2019
World War Z on Wikipedia

Key points

Multiple free content and technical updates since release.[2]

General information

Official website
Official Discord server
Official forums
Community subreddit
Technical FAQ - includes solutions to common issues

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Epic Games Store
DRM-free after installation through Epic Games Launcher (see notes)
Playable without the Epic Games Launcher, although multiplayer will be unavailable.[3]
Windows
Humble Store
Epic Games Launcher
Windows

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Lobo Bundle Pre-order bonus.[4]
Windows
Biohazard Bundle
Windows

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Saber\WWZ\client\storage\

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Saber\WWZ\client\storage\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Epic Games Store

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
HUD settings.
HUD settings.
Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Cutscenes are letterboxed.
Multi-monitor
Hor+ gameplay and cutscenes as of update 1.40. Pillarboxed menu and loading screens.[5] Use this mod to remove the menu pillarboxing.
Ultra-widescreen
Hor+ gameplay and cutscenes as of update 1.40. Pillarboxed menu and loading screens.[6][7] Use this mod to remove the menu pillarboxing.
4K Ultra HD
[8]
Field of view (FOV)
FOV Scale from 1.00 to 1.30 in increments of 0.05.[9][10]
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Labeled Texture Filtering. Low, Medium, High, Ultra.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA, TAA, up to 2x SSAA through Resolution Scale.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
30, 60, 90, 120, or Unlimited.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Input settings[edit]

Camera settings.
Camera settings.
Controls settings.
Controls settings.
Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
1-20 in increments of 1.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Only some controllers appear to work.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
5 control schemes, bumper and trigger swap options.
Controller sensitivity
Separate sliders for the look and aiming sensitivity. 1-20 for the X and Y axis.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox One controllers are supported,[11] while Xbox 360 ones are not.[12][13][14]
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
[15][16]
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Vibration toggle.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, music, UI, SFX, dialogue, voice chat.
Surround sound
[17]
Subtitles
Closed captions
[18]
Mute on focus lost
Display and language settings.
Display and language settings.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
Russian
Italian
German
Spanish
Brazilian Portuguese
Polish
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
[19]
LAN play
Online play
8 Co-op, Versus
Up to 4 players in the campaign co-op mode, up to 8 in the PvP modes.
Asynchronous multiplayer

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Peer-to-peer
The game resorts to P2P when the dedicated servers are unavailable.
Manual P2P hosting is not possible.[20][21]
Dedicated
Limited to locations in the US, Europe and Korea at launch.[20]
Self-hosting
Direct IP

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)[22]
TCP 11700-11710
UDP 48800–49000
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Crashes to desktop at game launch[edit]

Multiple users have reported crashes to desktop. The game has received updates attempting to fix the issue.[23][24][25][26][27]
Potentially working solutions are available for Nvidia users.
Force the game to use the dedicated GPU[28]
  1. Open the NVIDIA Control Panel by right-clicking an area on the desktop or by other means.
  2. Click on Manage 3D settings on the sidebar.
  3. Click on the Program Settings tab.
  4. Click on Add, select WWZ, or click on Browse and select <path-to-game>\en_us\client\bin\pc\wwzRetailEgs.exe
  5. Under Select the preferred graphics processor for this program, choose High-performance NVIDIA processor.
  6. Apply the changes.
Remove AMD components[29]
  1. Download the AMD Cleanup Utility.
  2. Run the .exe file and follow the instructions.
Downgrade the Nvidia display drivers to 391.35[30][31]
  1. Download the correct 391.35 drivers for the running operating system.
  2. Run the .exe file and follow the instructions.

Issues fixed[edit]

Visual stuttering[edit]

Switch from Vulkan to DirectX11[32]
  1. Go to Settings -> Video.
  2. Set Graphics API to DirectX11.

Stretched menu at wide resolutions[edit]

The main menu background including character models may stretch at 21:9 and wider resolutions.[33]
Disable FidelityFX sharpening[33]
  1. From the main menu, go to Settings -> Video.
  2. Set FidelityFX CAS to OFF.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Vulkan
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok [34]
Audio FMOD [34]
Cutscenes Bink Video [34]
Multiplayer Epic Online Services

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-3220
AMD A10-5700
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 35 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti
Intel HD Graphics 630
ATI Radeon HD 5870
A 64-bit operating system is required.

References

  1. World War Z - Launch Trailer (video description) - last accessed on April 16, 2019
  2. World War Z Season 2 Roadmap Revealed, Includes Crossplay Support, New Missions, More - last accessed on 2019-09-19
  3. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-05-05
    I closed the Epic Games launcher and renamed its Binaries folder. The game tried to connect to its servers but failed, still allowing to play through the Offline mode.
  4. [1] - last accessed on April 15, 2019
  5. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-10-29
    Tested at a custom 5760x1080 resolution - screenshots taken and compared to 16:9 and 21:9.
  6. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-10-29
    Tested at the native 2560x1080 resolution and custom 3840x1080 - screenshots taken and compared to 16:9.
  7. The Kill It With Fire Update Is LIVE! - last accessed on 2019-10-29
  8. WORLD WAR Z Game - Gameplay Walkthrough Part 1 - New York (4K 60FPS ULTRA) - last accessed on April 16, 2019
  9. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-06-03
  10. World War Z - Undead Sea Update Patch Notes - last accessed on 2019-06-03
  11. PC controller support - last accessed on April 23, 2019
  12. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-04-16
    In my testing, despite the presence of controller settings, my Razer Xbox 360 controller didn't work at all.
  13. Controller not working on PC version? - last accessed on April 16, 2019
  14. My xbox 360 controller is not detected in PC version - last accessed on April 23, 2019
  15. /PC/ Third-Party Controller not working with the game - last accessed on April 16, 2019
  16. Controller Issue. PC version. Help - last accessed on April 16, 2019
  17. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-04-16
    Rear speakers are used by the game.
  18. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-04-16
    Only the voices are captioned.
  19. World War Z - FAQ - last accessed on April 16, 2019
  20. 20.0 20.1 There will be both dedicated *and* P2P servers. - last accessed on April 16, 2019
  21. Official dev responses regarding some of the current issues - last accessed on April 16, 2019
  22. Server Addresses and Ports? - last accessed on April 30, 2019
  23. Game Crashes upon launch - last accessed on April 16, 2019
  24. World War Z - PC Hotfix April 20th - last accessed on April 20, 2019
  25. World War Z - First Bug Fix Update - last accessed on April 30, 2019
  26. My PC crashed while launching the game, now my progress is gone - last accessed on 2019-06-05
  27. [2] - last accessed on 2019-07-29
  28. [3] - last accessed on April 17, 2019
  29. FIXED start up crash in amdvlk64.dll on NVIDIA system - last accessed on April 20, 2019
  30. My solution to fix the crash at launch on PC. - last accessed on April 16, 2019
  31. Game does not start and crahsed immediately - last accessed on April 16, 2019
  32. Official dev responses regarding some of the current issues (primarily on PC) - last accessed on April 16, 2019
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 Verified by User:Rose on 2019-10-29
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 Verified by User:Rose on 2019-04-16