Sony reveals new post-apocalyptic MMO game H1Z1

Sony Online Entertainment president states the game will be playable "soon".

Sony Online Entertainment has unveiled its next project, a massively multiplayer online game called H1Z1 that is set in a post-apocalyptic world. Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley tweeted that players would be able to play the game "soon".

A teaser site for the game has also gone live, which links to the official subreddit for the game.

According to Sony Online Entertainment, the free-to-play game will see players "fight for survival" in a world ravaged by a fictional virus named H1Z1. Set 15 years after the initial outbreak, players will face the Infected, wild animals, and other survivors. The game will include scavenging and crafting elements.

Smedley also described that the game will feature a "sandbox style of gameplay", allowing players to craft shelters and fortresses.

It’s a persistent MMO that can hold thousands of players on servers we host...

Addressing questions as to how this game will differ to other post-apocalyptic survival games, Smedley said, "...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... The Roadmap system that we built for PlanetSide 2 will be used extensively to clearly communicate what features we’re working on and what you can expect and when.

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."

SOE is no stranger to working on MMO games, leading development on EverQuest II, The Matrix Online, and the upcoming EverQuest Next.

Check out some screenshots of the game below.

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374 comments
snider83
snider83

So is this sony's counter for MIcrosoft's purchase of undead labs? MMM yes. The competition is great for the industry and all gamers alike.

westcoastwillam
westcoastwillam

As a sony fanyboy All I can say HELL YEAH I can't wait to check it out.

UrbanMessiah
UrbanMessiah

If it's third person instead of first, my interest is engaged. If not, it's a pass for me...

downloadthefile
downloadthefile

Enough MMO's already, how about not doing one until there's actually something new to do.  This is just gonna be DayZ I imagine.  Hopefully not but nothing is ever new anymore.

jackzor123
jackzor123

Big fan of zombie games, an open world MMO could be amazing if they do it well... If it's any good I'll definitely be getting it for PS4.

platinumking320
platinumking320

another zombie survival title?  Good lord. Seriously, industry.  The next post apocalypse game needs to just have human civil war, militias, PMCs and cyberpunk.

You have beaten the 'zombie' corpse beyond recognition, and George Romero is sad.

khuzko
khuzko

Another victory for Sony

sirslimyscott
sirslimyscott

I'm all for this, hopefully it won't be a buggy pile of toss similar to DayZ.

jocaju
jocaju

I hope this game have a goal besides just surviving. From what I can tell, Day Z (never played) you just keep searching for supplies indefinitely "if you don't die", if you die you start from scratch again. Give me a goal like surviving X amount of days or find all items to make a cure or something.

dmblum1799
dmblum1799

John Smedely has been around forever, at least since 1999 when EQ was launched. Kinda rare for someone to last that long at a gaming company. As for the game, we'll see.

d33pak001
d33pak001

So now they are mocking a disease!! H1N1!! 

poopdecksam
poopdecksam

Sony is so the company that should create a sandbox MMO...with building, and crafting...they would be the best at it...not like they ever did that before...or that they messed it up so bad it failed...not at all

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

I'm waiting for Sony to reveal a PS4 Socom online game !!  In the spirit of Socom 1 and 2. 

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

I wonder if this will eventually make it's way onto the ps4.

gajbutler
gajbutler

The difference is this is the first one developed with a budget, so lets see if it launches with actual content unlike all the rest.

Devils-DIVISION
Devils-DIVISION

I hear most people saying, 'not another one of these'; there are people, like me, who still haven't played Day Z, Rust, or this type of game at all.

Maybe I'm not missing out on much since people are so negative about it. I for one will continue to hold off on all of them and wait for this one--Planetside was great!

I'd really like to give this game a go.

Micropixel
Micropixel

Totally willing to give this one a shot.

Ninjalawpsn
Ninjalawpsn

I first read the title as H1N1... I'm up to early!


Swine Flu: The video game 

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

This looks like a mix of Left 4 Dead gameplay, powered by a modified Planetside 2 engine (which is not a bad thing) with a tad bit of DayZ third person along side classic fps, while everything is in the sandbox of an oversized Fallout game... for Free....

I will definitely check it out:)

ReadingRainbow4
ReadingRainbow4

Dayz was never really so much about surviving the zombie apocalypse as it was surviving the asshole apocalypse.  Getting stabbed in the back is a vital part of that game.


Besides, the Dayz player count is paltry compared to what they are aiming for.  Still, really kind of sick of zombie games.

bdrtfm
bdrtfm

Man, firs it was Vampires. Vampire movies, vampire games, vampire TV shows. Now its zombies. There are already too many post-apocalyptic games and zombie games so, lets combine the two - again. I guess I will check it out since its "free" but, doubt it will hold my interest for long. One can always hope it turns out to be a gem though.

d-man
d-man

I'm hesitant to trust the word of any developer that uses corporate expressions such as "studio" and "president". Game looks interesting, but will be completely wasted on consoles.

Pewbert
Pewbert

Sounds pretty good. As long as they get the zombie a.i right (DayZ got it all so wrong) then I am interested.

I like the idea of building stuff too.

azzras
azzras

Sony is no stranger to shutting MMOs down.  It's what they do best; make an MMO, get cash, shut down MMO.

golden_ashen
golden_ashen

I'd say this game has more in common with Fortnite than DayZ from a fort building and protecting oneself from the zombie invasion perspective. Although the scavenging etc is very DayZ like.


There are I think 1 or two indie games that already do exactly this (fort building, scavenging etc) on a lower budget.


I think Sony has a chance to make a great game.....despite the genericness of it :/


Should have gone for a TLOU MMO

Tweeg
Tweeg

@platinumking320 Zombies make everything better, they're the cheese and bacon of the video game industry.

ecter1216
ecter1216

@SirSlimyScrotum  ...its in beta...do you people not understand that? Its going to be bugy...thats why its a fucking beta or alpha. It hasnt seen its official release. Also nothing is ever perfect. 

MOBS
MOBS

@sammoth  I think they had to rip off Day Z , because that game is too buggy, and too far off from ever being stable enough to have on PS4.  Day Z final copy stand alone is still a year off for PC alone.  Sony probably thinks they can make a professional made quality Zombie MMO game in less time.

thebastardsword
thebastardsword

@sammothEvery game shares similarities with another game, who gives a shit? The only thing that should matter is If the game is fun or if it sucks.

MOBS
MOBS

@ohjtbehaaave  Some of the Old Devs of Zipper Interactive, Socom Creators have a 3rD Person shooter in the spirit of Socom in the works.  It was funded y kickstarter, and its in development.

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

Fun fact : This game actually runs on a modified Planetside 2 engine. Which is a good thing.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

I don't imagine they'd be shutting down mmo's if they had packed servers making them money. Most of sonys mmo's seem to lose people's interest fast.

gajbutler
gajbutler

@golden_ashen  We don't even know what Fortnite is at this point.


Dayz has base building building and all the crafting too, just no on the shit official version, have to download a modded version.

blackx114
blackx114

@Tweeg Yeah, sure. That's why Yaiba and Lollipop Chainsaw turned out so well. Oh wait...

gajbutler
gajbutler

@r_ruiz6047 @sammoth  Well it is, it wouldn't have existed if it wasn't for Dayz. However this isn't a bad thing because this is the first one made that has a budget surrounding it, though I bet Bohemia are putting more money into Dayz now than SOE are this game. 

Oni
Oni

@TheExxorcist  It's always a good thing for MMOs when the dev is familiar with the engine. Faster bug fixes/updates/features etc.

Ninjalawpsn
Ninjalawpsn

@nameaprice @Ninjalawpsn  Nah, it's Swine flu like Zombrex and Canuckbiker said. When H1N1 was first detected in 2009, it was referred to as Swine flu. I had it as well. I literally thought I was going to die! I've never been that sick in my life and wouldn't wish that discomfort on anyone.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Nope. Swine flu, I had it, worst flu I've had in my life.

pnova
pnova

@gajbutler @golden_ashen  


H1Z1 > generic arma 2 mod 

nameaprice
nameaprice

@Ninjalawpsn @nameapriceDAMN!!! well glad you guys are alright :) could you guys get it again or is it like chicken pocks or something (yea I know you can get shingles later in life if youve had chicken pocks)?