H1Z1 will be Sony Online Entertainment's newest take on the rather popular post-apocalyptic zombie world, SOE president John Smedley revealed in a recent podcast on Game Talk Live. The game will be playable "soon," Smedley wrote on Twitter
The announcement was made in the most recent Game Talk Live podcast
, which is expected to go live soon and feature a few short minutes of gameplay. 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 told Game talk Live. "A world! Not just a little tiny server."
Rather interestingly, Smedley also revealed that those eager to get their hands on H1Z1 won't have to wait long, writing on Twitter that "you can play it yourself soon, and by play I mean play full." This obviously suggest that the team are well into development with the game, and an alpha or beta is right around the corner though who knows whether it will be paid or free access.
Smedley revealed a few details on the game during the podcast, with co-host of the show Todd Roy noting that it's "scary." According to Smedley, there is a purpose behind that and it sounds like the team are borrowing heavily from past survival post-apocalytpic titles like DayZ.
"That's the point," Smedley said. "When you see a zombie coming up to you with nothing out but a highway flare. But here is something your gonna be able to do that you can't do in these other games: Light things on fire. We are in the middle of putting that in so you are gonna be able to burn down trees, burn down stuff, and that's gonna be a lot of fun. The idea is that these players [are] building these forts and all of the sudden these other guys coming in lighting it on fire and waiting till they come out of the fortress ... is awesome."
A day and night cycle has also been confirmed, though don't expect to be able to easily see during the night. Smedley stated that night time will be rife with player killing if you aren't aware of what is around you in the pitch dark, and there is also the zombie factor as well. Players will also be able to access vehicles, including aircraft if the developer so chooses.
A teaser site
for the game, which borrows its name from what is presumed to be the H1N1 swine flu (though missing pigs), features only but an eerie background of fog and rather horror-style music. A NeoGAF user has dug heavily into the website, finding hints at possible free-to-play tactics, which isn't unusual for SOE who push heavily for the F2P market with titles like EverQuest and PlanetSide 2. While we wait for the full podcast to become available, Smedley revealed two very interesting photos on his Twitter, which you can check out here
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