H1Z1 is a persistent zombie sandbox – first screens and details

Thursday, 10th April 2014 02:10 GMT By Brenna Hillier

H1Z1 is a free-to-play sandbox MMO set in Middle America 15 years after a zombie virus outbreak.


Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley described the game in a Twitch livestream, as promised, noting that players can start anywhere on the map before heading off to explore cities and wilderness alike.

Players will gather resources, build shelters and can work together to create larger structures with weapons to fend off animals, Infected (zombies) or other players.

Weapons include molotov cocktails and explosives as well as “other fun surprises”, and players can use vehicles and fire, with aircraft on the way. Crafting is said to be deeper than in competing titles.

Writing on Reddit, Smedley said H1Z1 is different from other survival sandboxes in that if offers a persistent world with “thousands” of players on multiple isolated servers, with players able to leave a lasting change on the world, as in EverQuest Next Landmark.

Rulesets may vary from server to server, player economy will be fostered, and SOE hopes to enable all-out “war” on other players or zombies if that’s what you want to do.

There will be no skills or levelling, as gameplay will be entirely freeform. Smedley described players forming “roving gangs” based in shared headquarters, or living quietly as farmers trading away resources with other players.

“We’re going to make sure your zombie apocalypse fantasy is complete. If you’re like me and you want nothing more than to kill everything that moves, by all means see how that goes,” he said.

Players will also be able to customise their characters, and when you die, you’ll respawn with the same character – and maybe even with your gear, although SOE’s still weighing that up.

H1Z1 is being built on the ForgeLight engine, and SOE will share its development with the community via a public roadmap – like Planetside 2 – and allow them to contribute via Player Studio. It’s expected on PC first, with early access available for around $20. The full game will be supported by microtransactions.



  1. NocturnalB

    If it’s anything like 7 Days to Die it’s going to be a blast. The microtransactions has me a little worried, I wasn’t a huge fan of the PlanetSide2 offerings.

    #1 8 months ago
  2. Dragon

    Also coming to PS4, according to Gematsu-

    #2 8 months ago
  3. Brenna Hillier

    @Dragon in the stream Smedley said “we are Sony” but didn’t give a straight answer, and he didn’t mention it at all on Reddit, so for now I’m leaving that out. Trying to get an answer out of SOE.

    #3 8 months ago
  4. Rosseu

    Makes sense if it comes out on PS4. I’m keeping an eye out for this.

    #4 8 months ago
  5. Persia13

    Oh men, AWESOME.

    #5 8 months ago
  6. FeelTheBurn

    Another zombie game. Wow. I am sooo surprised.

    #6 8 months ago
  7. Xbone

    It will be different… cause its coming to console too? I guess so.

    #7 8 months ago
  8. fihar

    So H1Z1 is what? Zombie flu?

    #8 8 months ago
  9. KineticCalvaria

    Looks and sound awesome. Here’s hoping the micro-transactions are more akin to GW2′s cosmetic items than other games.

    #9 8 months ago
  10. Panthro

    Lol at Sony for jumping in on the open world zombie survival DayZ clone hype.

    But Sony DOES make good games (sometimes) Planetside 2 is awesome, DC Universe was a let down, Uncharted was good but has become stale, TLOU was a decent movie-like experience and Infamous: Second Son is probably the most boring PS4 game with annoying stuttery framerate I have played yet, navigating the menu screen is actually more entertaining than playing that game… and Knack and Killzone? Jesus Christ those games are both beyond boring, if boredom was a person they could make him bored.

    Fairly hit and miss with there software actually then…

    But I will play this because it’s free and regardless of what I say about the turdy PS4 SONY have actually done some decent things regarding indie developers, pricing there hardware and the good games they allow there user’s to rent for “free” each month.

    But when (if) DayZ ever does make the jump to the PS4 it will likely obliterate this game, Sony need to play it smart, try not to copy to much, take what makes DayZ amazing and put there own spin on it, it’s never good for a game when it’s being called a clone, if this is to succeed it needs it’s own identity.

    It could have it’s own identity on PS4 since they don’t have DayZ though, so making it a PC exclusive doesn’t really make sense from where I am standing.

    #10 8 months ago
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    #11 8 months ago

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