H1Z1 is a new zombie survival MMO from SOE

Here’s the short recap of John Smedleys lenghty post about the new project on Reddit


  • it’s a persistent MMO, free-to-play model
  • set in a world where the H1Z1 virus devastated mankind and left nothing but death and destruction in its wake and a world nearly empty of human life
  • 15 years later, the remnants of humanity are in a fight against extinction against those infected with the virus.
  • the devs will grow the world until we have our own version of a zombie infested U.S.
  • sandbox style of gameplay where players can build shelters out of resources in the world.
  • a very deep crafting system that can let players make a huge variety of awesome stuff, including weapons
  • there will be multiple servers with very different rule sets
  • there’s trading
  • It uses SOEs next-gen Forgelight engine
  • expect player-created items to make their way into the game via Player Studio
  • players will get 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)
  • emphasis is set on player ownership and building.
  • grouping, proximity voice chat, voice chat for your gang, and many other cool social features

Finally, here’s some H1Z1 gameplay footage in a special extented episode of Game Talk Live, with John Smedley, President of Sony Online Entertainment


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