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H1Z1: Sony’s new zombie apocalypse MMO could be coming to PS4

by William Schwartz

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Sony Online Entertainment recently revealed their new zombie apocalypse MMO, H1Z1. While the game is heading to PC first, it appears that it will eventually make its way to the PlayStation 4, according to comments made by SOE’s John Smedley.

H1Z1 is a free to play MMO which has players fighting for survival in a world that has been devastated by the H1Z1 virus. Players will deal with zombies, animals, and the brutality of other survivors. The MMO will have heavy crafting elements, base building, and loot.

In a lenghty explanation post on Reddit, Smedley revealed what sets H1Z1 apart from other survival/zombie games.

“First off, it’s a persistent MMO that can hold thousands of players on servers we host (yes there will be multiple servers with very different rule sets). Why is that a good thing? It means a thriving economy (oh yes… there’s trading). It also means you have potential allies in the all-out war on the Infected… and many an enemy as well. It uses our proprietary next-gen Forgelight engine and that means we’ve had a lot of really cool technology to work with to make the game we wanted to make,” says Smedley.

“The main thing that differentiates H1Z1 from the other great games in the genre is the emphasis we are putting on player ownership and building. We want you to be able to form roving gangs that are headquartered out of an abandoned warehouse that you’ve taken over… or a house you’ve built from scratch after having cut trees down and secured the resources to make it. We are giving players the tools to make their own towns, camps and defenses, and they can decide how to set up their base (which is in the world btw… not instanced). We’re building in all the social features you’ve come to expect from an SOE game (grouping, proximity voice chat, voice chat for your gang, and many other cool social features).”

While Smedley gave no details as to when PlayStation players may get a crack at H1Z1, the PC version of the game will be fully playable in the coming weeks.

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