There is just something about PC gamers that makes zombie MMO games intrinsically interesting and top sellers, regardless of quality. It looks like one of the bigger developers of some of the more popular MMO games, Sony Online Entertainment, will be jumping aboard the zombie MMO bandwagon. What’s crazy is that it will be sooner than you think, somewhere within the next 4-6 weeks via Steam Early Access, probably for about $20.
The game is called H1Z1 and you can probably figure out what it’s about by simply guessing. It’s the zombie apocalypse, it is in middle America and there will be crafting, day/night cycles, zombies, persistent worlds via SOE’s servers and a lot more. How will it be different than DayZ or Rust? I’m really not sure just yet, because there isn’t much information available. They have promised base-building, crafting, vehicles, aircraft and the ability to light things on fire. In this video that was released yesterday, John Smedley from SOE claims that they are going to take the survival genre to the next level through H1Z1’s depth and scope.
In this video there is about 4 minutes of footage from H1Z1 from about a month ago, which shows an earlier build. The game will be working on a modified PlanetSide 2 engine, with Smedley claiming that it will be “orders of magnitude bigger” than PlanetSide 2, which is a huge game. It’ll be a free-to-play game (although Steam early access won’t be free), so look for this on PC first and PS4 at a later date, which could be exciting as it will be the first Zombie MMO to hit a next generation console.