Sony Online Entertainment is working on its own post-apocalyptic zombie MMO, titled H1Z1, which will be available to play in full sometime “soon,” according to SOE’s president John Smedley over Twitter.
According to Polygon, Smedley revealed H1Z1 in a pre-recorded interview during an episode of the Game Talk Live podcast that went live on Wednesday, April 9. The podcast also showcased a few minutes of early gameplay, where Smedley demonstrated gunplay and arson. What’s more, H1Z1 is touted to feature an open world environment and a day-night cycle, as well as vehicles and possibly aircraft.
"H1Z1 is an MMO that allows players to take on the role of an apocalypse survivor who is in a world that is filled with zombies," Smedley explained. "A world! Not just a little tiny server."
Game Talk Live’s interview with Smedley took place in his office earlier on this year, when the game was still very much in early development; there was only one zombie model and use and there weren’t any zombie sounds. The game’s day-night cycle will also affect the gameplay of H1Z1.
"Oh God yeah," Smedley answered when he was about asked the day-night cycle, "but in this game it matters a lot more than in others because it gets really dark at night and you need to have a torch and you will be ganked by other players, zombies. So we [have] vehicles in here. We can actually have aircraft if we want. Our goal is to build out this entire massive massive world that is this apocalypse of the United States."
H1Z1 utilizes a modified version of the PlanetSide 2 engine and is said to feature base building and “emergent AI”, in which the zombies will have their own autonomy and individual AI.
Smedley’s aim is to build a large, persistent world, where you can build persistent fortresses and scavenge for resources in a production line-like fashion, and raid against player camps; H1Z1 is touted to bring the survival genre into the next level.
According to bullet-pointed list of details pertaining SOE’s zombie survival game on Reddit, HIZ1 will launch on PC first, and then later on PlayStation 4. The game will also be a free-to-play title, and it will appear on Steam’s Early Access in about four to six weeks for about $20.
"You seriously don't need to spend a dime. We're still figuring out the monetization but we will telegraph our plans early and let people comment and we'll listen if they don't like something and come to a place where people feel good about it," Smedley explained in a Reddit post.
We’ll bring you more on H1Z1 should it reach our ears.
[ Polygon ]