SOE President doesn’t dodge questions about similarities between H1Z1 and DayZ

John Smedley also said that H1Z1 will be available in Early Access for $20.

President of Sony Online Entertainment John Smedley took to Reddit to answer some questions about the recently announced H1Z1, and he didn't tiptoe around the game’s similarities to the hugely successful DayZ.

“Not going to give some politically correct dodgy b.s. answer,” he said. “H1Z1 is a survival in a Zombie Apocalypse game. So is Day Z. They have made a brilliant game (first I might add). They have a great vision for it and can count myself and most of the people on our team as fans and contributors.”

Smedley then went on to describe how H1Z1 is different because it lets players build structures, forts, and towns to protect themselves from zombies.

“So sure. We're another Zombie Apocalypse game,” Smedley said. “Call it what it is. But our goal is to make ours fun, accessible, hard core and super, super deep.”

Some other interesting details Smedley revealed about H1Z1:

  • It will be available in Early Access for $20 (but you can also just wait for it to come out as free-to-play).
  • You can play it in both first and third-person.
  • Vehicles are in third-person only, but this could change.
  • The game will have an emphasis on getting food, growing, and protecting it.
  • The game will not have playable female characters at early access release.

For more on H1Z1, you can catch up with our previous coverage, and watch 50 minutes of Game Designer Jimmy Whisenhunt and Technical Director Tom Schenck playing the game on Twitch.

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369 comments
Akijo
Akijo

Zombie survival with early access? That sounds like DayZ all over again, ugh

scrappy871
scrappy871

i just wanna say you people are stupid, all good games now days take on the role of zombie survival and if a game can do what DAYZ cannot and will not do which is taking them to long than by all means go for it, Every game will be compared up to dayz and thats a good thing . ITS not a copy of a game just everyone has ideas of a zombie survival game and whoever said TLOU was one the best games. SLAP yourself. It does not compare to games like DAYZ, H1Z1, and whoever said state of decay is one the best. it really is not and if you do say that you do not play real games at all. DAYZ was the mark for zombie survival it will not get beat now will one come along with better graphics and stuff along quicker and better, yes indeed. DAYZ STANDALONE has yet to even put vehicles in it which is a very big thing in the game. Therefore puts the game low, NOW that H1Z1 will have vehicles some buildings you can build from materials, vehicles straight off the back, it will be great. I will play it because of that and the fact you can grow and protect your own food etc. is really nice. To have a game be realistic But at the same time NOT too too realistic is awesome. Plus everyone misses the game how dayz used to be . fun as hell and you could not top the game. Now H1Z1 will be taking on that roll and I hope they pull it off because it could bring the zombie survival back again to what people liked. even if there was only around 10 vehicles per server. that is perfect like how dayz first had it at begging . There will be bugs and there will be problems but with SOE it will get fixed and it will be one the best. For everyone that compares your game to DAYZ, and i mean games like state of decay, TLOU and class4 if it comes out just flat out shut up and dont even post on here. plus this is not for haters. its for people that take on a huge roll in games like realistic zombie survival games. any comments or anything just message me or send email as i will not respond to this anymore because of work and im in military. Army_Scrappy@rocketmail.com

PS: whoever complaining about it being free to play, YOU are an idiot. Its free to play for people to enjoy and play not because it will be pay2win AND IT NEVER WILL BE pay2win simple as that also before you speak READ AND LISTEN TO WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT THE GAME. And on another note i think they should really only keep all there servers up when the game is up never have private servers. Open public servers only just like dayz had back in the game, YOU COULD NOT BEAT IT.

sammoth
sammoth

In other words.


"We stole the idea and now we don't want to talk about it."

wgerardi
wgerardi

Was slightly interested until I realized it is free to play. Barf.

Dilandau88
Dilandau88

Accessible AND hardcore? That seems like an oxymoron. 

groowagon
groowagon

i wonder how much pay-to-win there will eventually be. i mean, it's free and all. i wouldn't waste a penny to this until i knew their plans regarding that.

kingfish1984
kingfish1984

"Smedley then went on to describe how H1Z1 is different because it lets players build structures, forts, and towns to protect themselves from zombies."

Sounds more like they should be asked about the similarities to State of Decay than DayZ.

papattorney33
papattorney33

"The game will not have playable female characters at early access release."


UNLEASH THE PETIT

hammoud
hammoud

So many zombie survival games and all of them look like crap. You'd think with all this hype about zombies some big studios would come up with something that's actually good. Why can't anybody make a AAA grade zombie survival game that's actually worth a damn? Imagine the TLOU universe as an MMO.

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

Cool, another game where I can spawn, have some pathetic frustrated nerd try attack me with a crowbar so he can steal absolutely nothing from me.

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

How many of these games do we need? Another Steam early access Zombie Apocalypse game.

stage4saiyan
stage4saiyan

I'm kinda burned out of "here's a big world, survive...OH, and ZOMBIES!" games. DayZ and State of Decay were the peak for those types of games. DayZ had some great ideas but played like liquid dog shit and wasn't optimized much better, not to mention the game has/d a real asshole community. I played DayZ for about 20 hours and just felt no urge.

jer_1
jer_1

Free to play? Yuck, well good luck to them they piqued my interest for about 30 seconds there.

cityslikah
cityslikah

If you have watched the newest gameplay vid. the Devs say that it wont be pay2win, and you wont be able to buy guns, or anything that will give you an advantage over others. They also say that would ruin the "survival" point of the game if people can start off with the best gear. So im assuming just cosmetic items. But lets hope they stay true to that.

mred1289
mred1289

free to play.......if this game gets off the ground and becomes successful i wonder how long microtransactions kick in, like buying better guns,better clothing,stall your hunger for 3 more days etc etc that is the moment the game becomes broken becuz its not survival anymore its pay to win

C_A_G_E
C_A_G_E

So this tells me Microsoft has paid enough to make Day Z exclusive. That is huge for MS. I expect the announcement at E3 MS conference..... 

3dmatrixgamer
3dmatrixgamer

The most exciting feature of HIZI is "You can play it in both first and third-person." Every game should have this feature because first person and third persons are just views

Fabian85
Fabian85

Sony lacking creative ideas and copying others is not news. Everquest next is another example they made it into a minecraft clone. Morpheus is another example. But this will be a bad clone using planetside2 assets it wont look as good as dayz and have the same visibility range and graphics. Who in their right mind pays 20 for early access in a microtransaction game and how will microtransactions fit in in a genre so emphasized on looting and finding gear. It doesnt bode well i think dayz will be very good eventually and we will see layoffs at soe. They are also late to the party soon stomping land releases its a dinosaur survival game that looks great look it up on steam greenlight.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

Still can't get over how horrible Arma II engine is, in so far as optimization goes. So this is a welcome alternative.

GamerYnoX
GamerYnoX

It's free to play, no harm in trying it, besides most games out there are based and improved over other existing titles so it's ok if this looks like DayZ

hikaruai
hikaruai

Keepin it real...i respect that...

DrKill09
DrKill09

Am I the only one who reads H1Z1 as "hizzy"?

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

I'm glad that the game already doesn't make my eyes bleed like Dead Rising 3. Holy crap, were those textures and edges rough as hell. Ditto for pop-in, it was terrible.

ziproy
ziproy

So it's the original Rust build that fans hated...

grenadehh
grenadehh

Anything that's on console, by very nature of console, is not hard core. Even at this stage, DayZ is quite complex - without even adding in vehicles or forts or campfires or cooking or hunting or most of the game yet. And with a game with so much shit and so much that can be done, you can't really get that on console.

sammoth
sammoth

@scrappy871 TL;DR


Do us a favor go back to school. You lost me at your bad grammar.

Sigleaf
Sigleaf

@groowagon  They've already addressed this.  You won't be able to purchase weapons/ammo/etc for real life $$$.  Do some research of yourself :D

EMPTY-V
EMPTY-V

@stage4saiyan DayZ does have a lot of good ideas, and it will be interesting to see the "finished" product with mods incorporated. But man, that Real Virtuality engine might be the one thing that will let other studio's survival MMO's shine simply because of better optimization (hopefully)

JayQproductions
JayQproductions

@C_A_G_E Why would Microsoft buy console exclusive rights to Day Z when they have Class4 in the works from the people that made State of Decay? Plus, how long has Bohemia been working on the standalone Day Z and are JUST NOW to the point where it's starting to resemble the mod when it was first released? Day Z will probably never see a console release because of Bohemia. Sony and Microsoft where smart by taking the Day Z concept and getting their own much more competent developers to work on it.

3dmatrixgamer
3dmatrixgamer

@Fabian85 i bet a nerds like you never heard of TLOU which won over 200GOTY and it was developed and published by Sony.

rsiebelink
rsiebelink

@Fabian85  Except DayZ runs on a crap engine and H1Z1 does not. Good luck in DayZ getting tight shooter mechanics AND framerates on a massive scale.

nbf4548
nbf4548

@grenadehh  That probably used to be true but it hasn't been for a while.  Also, complexity in game systems is one thing but a lot of PC games have bad interface design and unnecessary controls.  For example, Arma 3.  

xantufrog
xantufrog

@grenadehh What? How can a console "not handle all those features"? It's basically a PC anyway - you have a ton of space for content on your BD drive, plus install space. It's not a matter of horsepower, as if your PC loads and runs every single feature of the DayZ world in the background at once, regardless of if it's out of sight. The days when the complexity of console games was limited by how much content you could cram onto a cartridge or CD died long ago.

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

The WarZ says hi, too. Indeed, lol, consoles missed out on that gem :)

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

@grenadehh  First you've earned an eye roll for your nonsensical assertion that console games can't be hardcore and secondly; this is a PC title...

C_A_G_E
C_A_G_E

@JayQproductions @C_A_G_E  Is announcing another clone just like SOE did going to make any kind of splash that MS needs right now? That is why they buy the console exclusive rights. Even with the announced SOE game, people just write it off as a Day Z clone. 


Announcing console exclusive Day Z will make headlines and marketing sizzle without much push. 


E3 will be the judge of what MS did or did not do with Day Z. 

Fabian85
Fabian85

Well they are copying others. Gave you an example with the everquest next minecraft hybrid and your response was tlou without saying how its a creative idea. Thats very stupid and on the level for a sony fan.

Fabian85
Fabian85

Dayz looks way better than planetside 2 maxed out. Shooting mechanics as they are now are bad i agree but i think they can fix that for final build why wouldnt they be able to?

3dmatrixgamer
3dmatrixgamer

@xxmavr1kxx @3dmatrixgamer   well ND is Sonys first party studio and my comment was for fabian who said Sony lacking creating ideas so first you should read his comment again and then reply me.

sblazed
sblazed

@Fabian85wat PS2 look way better if you max it out in the config.ini. it's a question of preference though PS is more vivid while dayz is gritty. unfortunately the arma engine is pretty subpar for movements and interactions, going thru walls, poor zombies animations and crap like that, this is probably something that can't be properly fixed because it should have been their #1 concern when they started the standalone