We got a new patch a couple of days ago, and this was a big one. This was a very visual update, the look of War Z has been changed. Some of the changes are very obvious, some are quite subtle. You may have already logged in and taken a look, but there are a few differences that you might have missed.
Change of Clothes
Tired of the clothes you picked during character creation? Gained some unwanted notoriety with that tshirt? Want to change things up without spinning a new character? Hammerpoint has got you covered. Next time you log in, look for the ‘change outfit’ button on the character selection screen. Feel free to try some stuff on, and have fun dressing like your friends and enemies. We like to think that clothes can now carry some sort of meaning, and look forward to the day when killing redshirts is a thing.
Developer Johnny Truant made a thread about how nobody ever goes to the western side of the map. He detailed some of his favorite parts and commended the team for developing a beautiful environment, but lamented that the area isn’t worth players’ time and effort to explore. The War Z team decided to fix this by adding a gauntlet of zombies and some serious loot at the end. The area is built to resemble a safe settlement that was overrun, and the respawn rate has been tweaked so that zombies don’t reappear on top of players.
The visual environment has been updated in a lot of ways. Landscaping has become overgrown since the outbreak, and plants can now be see creeping their way into buildings. Lighting has bee adjusted, and so has the beam from the flashlight. Fog is now a bit more realistic, and textures and graphics have been optimized everywhere. Your graphics settings are now simpler and easier to use. The Asian character now looks a little bit different, his name is Club Promoter and he is joined by the Park Ranger and Ex-Spetsnaz.
Time to Talk
VOIP has been altered through trial and error. Now a person using Voice Proximity Chat will have their name displayed in the right corner of the screen for everyone within earshot. No more looking around for the guy with the icon over his head. Don’t like what he’s saying? You can mute him no matter how close or far he is.
Bug fixes this time around include eliminating the no-recoil perk when you switch to single fire mode. You’ll now have to turn to War Z cheats for your recoil-removal needs. Likewise, snipers will now have to breath while using chat unless they also use War Z hacks.