Sony's postapocalyptic PC MMO H1Z1 gets first gameplay trailer

First gameplay trailer for Sony Online Entertainment's upcoming free-to-play game released.

Sony Online Entertainment has released the first gameplay trailer for its upcoming post-apocalyptic PC MMO H1Z1, showing off the free-to-play game's environment, features, and zombies.

The trailer shows characters moving through dark and dreary environments while laying waste to zombies with an assortment of weapons. "Will you survive?," the trailer asks. Sony has not yet set an official release date for H1Z1, but the company says an in-development version will be available through Steam Early Access "in the upcoming weeks."

Earlier this week, Sony held a 12-hour live-stream event for H1Z1, giving viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the game's development. If you missed this presentation, you can watch a replay of the stream in its entirely at the game's Twitch channel.

Sony announced H1Z1 earlier this month. It features a destructible world "on a massive scale" that players can alter by building new structures--and destroying others. The game also features a day/night cycle, dynamic weather, and items that you can set on fire. Further, H1Z1 has a crafting system described as "expansive" that allows players to build things like weapons and even fortresses. The game's zombies are described as "unpredictable" and as having been programmed with "emergent" tendencies.

As a free-to-play game, H1Z1 will have microtransactions, but Sony says it will only sell items that are "fair." For more on H1Z1, be sure to read GameSpot's previous coverage.

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spikepigeo
spikepigeo

I would expect better from SOE. This looks... dull.

Stiler
Stiler

This game I have hopes for but it REALLY looks like another Day Z. 


They need something more. 


The main problem with games like DayZ/Rust is that there is NO overall consequences or anything to your actions. This leads to rampant PK'ing for no reason. 


This is something mmo gamers understood over 10+ years ago, you NEED systems in place for pk'ing. A system of consequences and reasons for players to not pk or to perhaps work together. 


Just "leaving it up" to the player usually turns out very very badly, as there is no real reason "not to."



Like in UO, if you pk a few times you should then be labeled as a red/pker. 


They could also tie in a bounty system, where if you pk someone they can then place a bounty on your head, in which turn other players can try and get that bounty. 


If you pk a red you get no penalty and they can not place a bounty on your head. 


This gives REASONS for people not to just all be rampant pk'ers, it also builds up a system for other game player types (IE bounty hunters/anti-pkers) it creates CONFLICT and natural reasons for players to band together. 



I also would like to see zombies actually you know....be a threat? IT looks just like DayZ , where zombies are about as threatning as a fly landing on you. 


Zombies should be able to be attracted with sighit/sound, they should be terrifying, especially in a pack/horde. There should be different kinds of zombies, some of which are extremely tough/aggressive (think of hte special zombies in Left 4 dead/Statue of Decay). 


WEather should play a huge part in the game as well. When it's night time, raining, snowing, temperature should drop, you get cold and need better clothing (IE coats/jackets), making a fire can help keep you warm BUT it can also "attract" zombies. 


Traveling to a snowy area should be extremely harash/hard to survive there, but zombies should be much less of a threat (Because they freeze/die in extreme cold areas/snowy areas). 


The world has seasons so this all can change, what might be a haven in winter with a good solid group of people building a town there might be more open to attack int he summer when the snow/cold weather goes away. 


There is just soooooooooo much more these games can do and it just seems (like the Moba games for the most part) they just want to "copy copy copy" other games and not trying different things of their own and push that game type forward. 


It's exactly what is hurting thie MMO genre, every mmo wants to copy and paste WoW and so many of them are failing because people are tired of the same game over and over and over. That's what's going to happen to these games.

oflow
oflow

This looks bad. Should have put this money towards EQ Next.

billzihang
billzihang

I've got this brand new idea for a game: a survival zombie horror; whatdyyu think, original huh?

Xyllix
Xyllix

They all virtually have the same running animation...smh

Also I'm tired of the zombie trend that's plagued Entertainment for the past 4ish years.

RO-nIn187
RO-nIn187

i love the free 2 play business model for the ps4... and the destroy/rebuild thing sounds promising... the zombies on the video kinda look the same but its still early to judge... definately gonna try this one once its out

gilman1967
gilman1967

I hope this is not the new MMO game Smedley said would appeal to the SWG vets  "they can come home now" he stated, if it is he is madly mistaking I don't know about everyone else but the zombie thing is about burned out I'm tired of the zombie crap

Vojtass
Vojtass

Now everyone want to jump on the survival train. DayZ / Rust / State of Decay ripoff.

jark888
jark888

How awesome will it be if the games like Resident Evil and The Walking Dead become free to play MMO games too? I'll be sure to check out even though I've not played any MMO game.

Williams0907
Williams0907

How come people don't want Zombies to be a genre? "So sick and tired of zombies... they've been done to death... lack of creativity/originality." Um... so has every other genre????

withe1982
withe1982

Please tell me this game can be played in 3rd person as if it's yet another first person shooter posing as a survival game I'm 100% out. Can we please just stop with them. The art of main character models is becoming obsolete. I'm getting pretty tired of playing as a floating gun. 

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

Looks cheap but the gameplay looks better than DayZ, I mean the Zombies seem like they actually have a role, rather than obstacles to avoid while some frustrated little creep is trying to spawn kill you. I'd love to play DayZ without other humans trying to kill you, we all know humans suck anyway, just let us get on with some peaceful zed killing.

vader501st
vader501st

Lei it be more like State of Decay, and less like DayZ, please. That game is so boring it's depressive.

predatorGS
predatorGS

So... 3 different zombie textures?

shreddyz
shreddyz

@Xyllix  I couldn't agree more. It's becoming a crutch for developers when they have no other ideas.

HybridExtreme
HybridExtreme

@sorintitus  If the trailer featured texture pop up and environments/vehicles/zombies/buildings disappearing and reappearing it would be similar to State of Decay. Only not even then as State of Decay is not a Massive Multiplayer Online game. I liked State of Decay for what it was, a quick fix enjoyable 20 dollar game.

Caldrin
Caldrin

@cure_4_humanity game is still not even in a public test phase yet so very few assets in game. I have a feeling you already know that

HybridExtreme
HybridExtreme

@jark888  I'd love to see an open world Resident Evil game. And I miss R.E. Outbreak.

HybridExtreme
HybridExtreme

@Williams0907  Except for dinosaurs and Ninjas. We need some good dinosaur and ninja games. Hell, I'd even take a Dinosaur Ninja or a Ninja that hunts dinosaurs! I hope Primal Carnage Genesis is good. 

Devils-DIVISION
Devils-DIVISION

@Williams0907   @robbiejones

People whine and bitch about everything and anything. 

I think one of the worst complaints is when they start comparing one game to another--"Oh that's copying this game or this game that one". Don't waste your time with GS users, most of them are children and 30 year old fanboys who find their mum attractive.

robbiejones
robbiejones

@Williams0907  give's a lot of options game-play wise, which i love. rather this than another COD game which we are unfortunately getting this year lol. so def agree with you

weygan
weygan

@geniobastardo they are not real dude.. Zombies and vampries doesn't really exist you know? It's just data for a video game.. So what does it matter?.. It's just a game dude!....

Caldrin
Caldrin

@predatorGS in the trailer? yeah looks that way..

Was watching one of the artists working on the textures for the zombies in the 12 hour stream the other day and there will be a lot mroe than just 3 :)

Jkouw
Jkouw

@glacius_x @RO-nIn187  It's basically been confirmed to be coming to PS4. And considering 2 of SOEs last projects are coming to the console (Planetside 2, Everquest Next) it shouldn't be surprising.

withe1982
withe1982

@Williams0907 Thanks dude. Interest re-kindled. Is there anywhere to watch that live stream back?

vader501st
vader501st

@weygan Your comments are as thoughtful as your double digit iQ.

Simpleton.