Sony Online Entertainment announces post-apocalyptic MMO H1Z1 for PS4 and PC

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Sony Online Entertainment is no stranger to creating successful MMO franchises such as PlanetSide and EverQuest, and the developer recently announced that it’s working on a new free-to-play zombie survival MMO called H1Z1 that will be released on PC first and PS4 at a later date.

H1Z1 is built on SOE’s proprietary next-gen Forgelight engine and is described as a persistent MMO featuring emergent and sandbox gameplay that allows users to scavenge for materials that can be used to craft weapons, items, shelters and fortresses with or without the help of other players.

The game is set fifteen years after the outbreak of a fictional virus named H1Z1 and will revolve around players’ fight for survival in a world populated by the Infected, wild animals and other survivors.

Writing on Reddit, SOE’s president John Smedley outlined what sets H1Z1 apart from all the other post-apocalyptic games out there:

“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. We are giving players the tools to make their own towns, camps and defenses, and they can decide how to set up their base (which is in the world btw… not instanced). We’re building in all the social features you’ve come to expect from an SOE game (grouping, proximity voice chat, voice chat for your gang, and many other cool social features).”

Here’s the first batch of screens for H1Z1:

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Source: GameSpot

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