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H1Z1 teaser site opens, Sony Online Entertainment’s new project to be revealed soon

Wednesday, 9th April 2014 03:00 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Here’s a new teaser website for H1Z1, which is believed to be the codename for a new project from Sony Online Entertainment.

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The site’s source code contains a couple of links tying it back SOE’s content delivery platform, Station, making us pretty confident this is an official site.

PC Gamer has a great run-down on what we know about the H1Z1 project so far, but the executive summary is: in January, reports surfaced that the EverQuest and Planetside publisher trademarked the four figure phrase. SOE president John Smedley has tweeted a couple of images of a work-in-progress game, with an aesthetic which matches the spooky teaser site.

On Twitter, Smedley said “he new game we haven’t announced” would be revealed on GameTalkLive today, including a look at gameplay, but the timeslot he nominated has come and gone and the site has not yet uploaded a video, nor have any announcements been made.

Interestingly, Smedley told a fan that the project will be fully playable soon.

Speculation puts H1Z1 down as some sort of survival sandbox; our own theory is SOE intends to launch it in early access form, with an emphasis on user-generated content and experiences, like EverQuest Next landmark, in line with its recent disenchantment of traditional MMO development processes.

Whatever the project is, it’s likely to be a PC-exclusive affair at first, but may come to consoles; PC remains the publisher’s primary platform, but SOE has noted increased success on PlayStation 3, and seems keen on the PS4, with titles like Planetside 2 and DC Universe Online making forays into the living room space.

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6 Comments

  1. jmg24bad

    Oh yais

    #1 5 months ago
  2. Dragon

    http://i.imgur.com/HNcxB.gif

    #2 5 months ago
  3. Xbone

    Great… another zombie game. Because we dont have enough of them.

    #3 5 months ago
  4. TheWulf

    @3

    That’s… actually really insightful. After you said that, I realised that H1Z1 could be a parody name for a zombie virus, based off of the swine flu (H1N1). So, yes, another zombie game. Absolutely no interest at all (beyond the amusing name).

    #4 5 months ago
  5. Zeramos

    He actually said “watch http://1337loungelive.com/GTL/ tmw between 5-6pm PST if you are interested in the new game we haven’t announced. there is gameplay footage”.

    tmw meaning “Tomorrow.” So today, as indicated in the follow up today
    “John Smedley ‏@j_smedley 28m
    http://1337loungelive.com/GTL/ – showing off the new game. show starts at 5pm. I will be doing an interview as well.”

    #5 5 months ago
  6. vuxxygaming

    They released gameplay footage! Check it out here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lneZYriSbG4

    #6 5 months ago

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