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Sony Making a Zombie Apocalypse MMOG to Rival DayZ

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This free-to-play MMOG sounds like The Walking Dead.

It was only a matter of time before a large game publisher decided to take the Zombie-infested post-apocalyptic storyline and turn it into an MMOG. That's what is going on with Sony Online Entertainment's H1Z1, an upcoming game that sounds like an MMOG version of The Walking Dead.

Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley told Game Talk Live in a podcast this week that H1Z1 is a free-to-play MMO that allows players to take on the role of an apocalypse survivor who is in a world filled with zombies. He emphasized the word "world."

"When you see a zombie coming up to you with nothing out but a highway flare," he said. "But here is something you're gonna be able to do that you can't do in these other games: Light things on fire. We are in the middle of putting that in so you are gonna be able to burn down trees, burn down stuff, and that's gonna be a lot of fun. The idea is that these players [are] building these forts and all of a sudden these other guys coming in lighting it on fire and waiting till they come out of the fortress ... is awesome."

In addition to a zombie infestation, players will also be required to deal with the day and night cycle. They'll need to be prepared for when the sun goes down, including lighting torches, finding a good hiding place and so on.

"In this game it matters a lot more than in others because it gets really dark at night and you need to have a torch and you will be ganked by other players, zombies. So we [have] vehicles in here," he said. "We can actually have aircraft if we want. Our goal is to build out this entire massive, massive world that is this apocalypse of the United States."

According to the story, the H1Z1 virus laid waste to most of the humans on Earth. The people that are left standing unaffected must deal with not only the zombie population, but with each other. Players will be forced to find their meals, find a safe place to sleep, and keep one eye open for a possible attack. Players will also be required to scavenge and craft anything that will help them get through the day.

"Our focus is building a sandbox style of gameplay where players can build shelters out of resources in the world," he told PC Gamer. "They can even work together to make amazing fortresses complete with weaponry to help defend against both the Infected and other players. Players also have access to a very deep crafting system that can let players make a huge variety of awesome stuff, including weapons and things like Molotov cocktails, explosives… and other fun surprises."

Later on in the interview he added that there will be no skills in the game, no leveling up.

"It's a persistent MMO that can hold thousands of players on servers we host. Why is that a good thing? It means a thriving economy," he said. "It also means you have potential allies in the all-out war on the Infected... and many an enemy as well. It uses our proprietary next-gen Forgelight engine and that means we've had a lot of really cool technology to work with to make the game we wanted to make."

Sounds like fun. When can we sign up? The game will be playable soon, he said via Twitter. "You can play it yourself soon. And by play I mean play fully."

For more information, Smedley has a long description over on Reddit right here. Please note: there are other zombie MMOGs on the market including DayZ and Rust.

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    Kitlope , April 11, 2014 2:36 PM
    Sony will probably screw it up...
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    clonazepam , April 11, 2014 2:51 PM
    They're re-skinning Planetside 2 so there's a lot of assets on the ground, at least. I have to look at what's up on youtube later.
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    JD88 , April 11, 2014 3:02 PM
    Planetside 2 was surprisingly excellent so I'm definitely looking forward to this.
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    clonazepam , April 11, 2014 3:54 PM
    I lol'd at Smedley, while rattling off ideas, one of them was waiting for a lightning storm to recharge your car battery ;) 

    Pssst, wind, an alternator, a belt and a radiator fan on a pole to keep it simple, for generating electricity from scavenged parts is a route. It is free to play so maybe they don't want to make a science lesson meta-game.

    Despite that (he's not a developer), I think they may have something fun here.
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    everlast66 , April 11, 2014 4:26 PM
    This sounds suspiciously similar to State of Decay which launched to great success last year and has since had a excellent DLC pack and a second one is in development.
    The sandbox simulation with zombies, apocalypse atmosphere, night and day cycle, setting up and developing bases, saving other survivers and giving them shelter and developing them.
    I know it is not an MMO, but Undead Labs hinted to be working on something massive and online, at least hey've promised cooperative multi which will be perfect for me, even if not MMO.
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    votriminh , April 12, 2014 3:56 AM
    Other zombie MMOGs including "Rust"????????????????????????????
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    patrick47018 , April 12, 2014 4:08 AM
    Why all the hate for Sony?
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    Zepid , April 12, 2014 5:15 AM
    DayZ Mod(The original), DayZ Standalone, Rust, Class 6 (later renamed State of Decay with an axed multiplayer feature) all already have the market covered. Undead Labs is already in the works with finishing up the multiplayer portion of Class 6 (known as State of Decay to console/steam gamers) and outside of it and DayZ I don't see the need for another on of these games.

    Class 6 and DayZ are both superb examples of the genre done right with no punches pulled.
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    Pyralspite , April 12, 2014 1:02 PM
    I wish people would just let this over-saturated genre die...
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    Gillerer , April 12, 2014 2:44 PM
    I think Sony wants to do this so they can get it on PS4. I don't think there are too many Zombie multiplayer games on that platform yet?
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    Zepid , April 12, 2014 5:51 PM
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    I think Sony wants to do this so they can get it on PS4. I don't think there are too many Zombie multiplayer games on that platform yet?


    There aren't to many games on the PS4 platform, period. They have about 3 exclusives so far and a bunch of old F2P and indie games ported from PC. Next-gen consoles are a wasteland.
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    stingstang , April 13, 2014 12:01 AM
    I'm winning to put money on the fact that Sony will finish theirs first, and there won't be an 800 ms server lag.
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    stevo777 , April 13, 2014 10:23 AM
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    I wish people would just let this over-saturated genre die...

    Thank you Pyralspite! I am getting so tired of the endless barrage of this highly overdone genre.
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    kiniku , April 13, 2014 4:00 PM
    If SoE can make a decent game and its profitable more power to them. But I agree with others, the genre IS beyond saturation. TV as well. The premise is completely implausible if not ridiculous. All the Walking Dead fanatics may not walk but they have much in common with the zombies they watch.
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    brandonjclark , April 13, 2014 7:28 PM
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    This sounds suspiciously similar to State of Decay which launched to great success last year and has since had a excellent DLC pack and a second one is in development.
    The sandbox simulation with zombies, apocalypse atmosphere, night and day cycle, setting up and developing bases, saving other survivers and giving them shelter and developing them.
    I know it is not an MMO, but Undead Labs hinted to be working on something massive and online, at least hey've promised cooperative multi which will be perfect for me, even if not MMO.


    Except on PC State of Decay is an ugly, boring mess. This should at least look better.
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    jasonpwns , April 14, 2014 5:05 AM
    Why all the hate for sony Patrick? Because everytime Sony takes an idea to compete with a company they're hailed as gods by an over zealous fanbase. Any other company does the same thing and the Sony army is there to bash the company for not having a creative bone in their body.
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    cats_Paw , April 14, 2014 6:46 AM
    After Left for dead 1 I dont think ill ever be impressed with a zombie game again.
    Its just a shooter, but, the atmosphere and fun were unparalleld.

    I think there is very little chance we will see something better (thou we might see something different).
    I havent tried DayZ or Rust, or any of those you guys metion.,... Im gonna wait for price drops... and maybe even DLC included in final versions.
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    timaahhh , April 14, 2014 7:17 AM
    Day Z is an interesting game. Since I didn't play Arma and don't know the maps its very difficult to learn the maps. Especially since there are so many threats (Zombies, other players, Hunger thirst and sickness). That make it more difficult to learn these extremely large maps. So if I am playing with friends it can take 30 to 40 mins to link up with them and that is if I know where I am and how to get to where they are. Dayz has an extremely steep barrier to entry. I would have loved this game I think if I were younger but now I have less time to dedicate to gaming and many games I would like to play Its really hard to get into Dayz.
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    Christopher Shaffer , April 14, 2014 11:32 AM
    Okay, I know I'm going to get down-voted to oblivion and flamed like hell but I'm just going to say it: I'm sick of all the zombie games.

    I think at this point, zombies have reached the cliche level of vampires. Yes, I love vampires, but even I thought Twilight was the ultimate stretch of the genre: he sparkles in the fricking sun? He supposed to burst into flames and turn to ash.

    I get it, the Walking Dead is great. Now move on and quit trying to capitalize. These companies basically destroy culture by beating the undead horse into the ground, bringing it back from the dead and doing it all over again.
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    anathema_forever , April 15, 2014 2:36 AM
    Not saying big corporations stealing some small guys ideas and claiming all the profits for themselves seems cool to me but I like the idea of a Sony class budget putting money into a zombie MMO. I think this because I think that mmo's are big projects and I like the idea of a zombie mmo honestly and was getting tired of the single/small multiplayer versions that keep getting spammed and that I mostly ignored. Also thinking that they zombie theme was getting over done and I should wait for like another 100 to come out to learn which ones were actually good and skip the other 200.
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