Most notable of the new features added with yesterdays update is the ability for players to rent private servers in The War Z. Available in NA and EU, and accessible from the “My Servers” menu, servers for The War Z will set you back between $.60 and $1.40 per server slot per month, depending on the options you’ve selected. Server costs in the EU will be slightly more. One, three or six months periods are the options when it comes to the length of time you can rent a server for. Owners can set a custom name and password for servers, along with a few other options (Show Name Plates, Show Crosshair, Show Tracers). Currently, Colorado is the only map available on private servers. The team say that more are on the way, though.
An option for players to create and join groups is now available after the latest The War Z update. Being in a group lets you see the position of all of your group mates on the map (press M to access the map). You can have up to 10 people in any one group. To add people to your group you need to press the tab key, right click on the players name that you want to invite and select “Invite to Group”. Simple as that.
The new Safe Settlements are where you will find the Vault and the General Store. The vault is an area of Safe Settlements that allows you to access your global inventory. The General Store will allow access to the Market Place.
A few new weapons have also been added in the update: The Mosin Rifle, the 1911 and Compound Crossbow.
Speaking of weapons, the team have added a bunch of new weapon spawns all over the map “as well as made a lot of spawns very lucrative!”. Speaking of spawns, Zombie spawns will be much more dangerous while they are around spawns that contain very valuable items. Make sure to bring your friends when you are going to attempt to go out and loot these!
A number of bugs have also been squashed in the update:
- It is no longer possible to exploit server hopping while using alt+f4
- While your clip is full you will not be able to reload. You must completely empty the clip so your gun will reload.
- Fixed a bug that allowed users to have their names displayed when not being targeted.
- Fixed a bug with backpacks where weight was not updating when moving items into it.
- Fixed an issue with notes remaining visible after being killed
The full patch notes for the 2/12/13 The War Z update can be found here on the official forums.