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H1Z1: Sony’s Own DayZ

H1Z1: Sony’s Own DayZ

You’ve probably heard of DayZ by now, right? Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last couple of years (does anyone actually do that?) you’ll know of the open-world online zombie survival game that has taken PC by storm. We’ve been waiting for news of a potential console port for ages now, but Sony seems to have stepped in and provided its own solution: H1Z1.

You can’t avoid the fact that H1Z1 seems rather similar to DayZ and the number of other imitators that have spawned since, such as Rust and Nether. Set 15 years after a zombie apocalypse, players have to scavenge and survive in a manner that might familiar to fans of those other games. H1Z1 seems to differentiate itself in two main ways.

The first is scale, with thousands of players supported on a single server at one time, which should help encourage player interaction. Whether this is helping someone else, trading with them or shooting them in the face is up to you.

The second is a huge crafting system, promising more potential than that of other games. Players have the potential to create fortresses, towns and enormous bases as well as weapons, vehicles and most other things you’d need to stop a zombie eating your face. The idea of building your own version of Woodbury from The Walking Dead is pretty awesome.

The game will be free to play but will include micro-transactions of some kind. Joy.

For more info, check out the extensive Reddit post from John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment.


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