SOE Unveils Post-Zombie Apocalypse MMO Shooter H1Z1 for PC and PS4
Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley unveiled SOE's latest project, an MMO zombie game entitled H1Z1, which can be played in first-person or third-person. While the overall premise may sound like DayZ, Smedley says that H1Z1 will contain many features that will set it apart, such as multiple servers with different rule sets housing thousands of players, a deep crafting system, an in-game economy, and even SOE's Player Studio for player-created content. Smedley says he wants "players to make Woodbury from The Walking Dead if they want to." If players do decide to set up a base, it's completely in the world, not instanced.
H1Z1 will be free-to-play, but when it arrives on Steam Early Access within the next two months, players will need to pay around $20 if they want in. It's similar to what SOE has done with its other free-to-play MMO in development, EverQuest Next Landmark, wherein players need to buy a $59.99 or $99.99 pack to gain access to the Alpha. At least H1Z1 will be cheaper. The game will eventually make its way to PlayStation 4, but likely not until after the full "1.0" release of the PC version.
Powering H1Z1 is the proprietary Forgelight engine, which is used for PlanetSide 2 and EverQuest Next. Though system requirements haven't been unveiled yet, Smedley says, "If it can run PlanetSide 2, it can run H1Z1."