Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley provided more information on the upcoming Zombie Survival Sandbox MMO H1Z1.
Of course one of the main points of attrition within the community is monetization, since the game will be free to play, but Smedley promised to listen to feedback:
You seriously don’t need to spend a dime. We’re still figuring out the monetization but we will telegraph our plans early and let people comment and we’ll listen if they don’t like something and come to a place where people feel good about it.
He also confirmed that the same anti-cheat technology used in PlanetSide 2 will be implemented in H1Z1.
Yes. ours. Planetside 2 is a very well protected game and we’re using the same tech.
If you’re worried about PlanetSide 2 itself losing development focus, according to Smedley you shouldn’t be.
We continue to hire people for PS2 and it’s got one of the largest teams in the company (far larger than H1Z1). We are 100% committed.
Smedley also promised on Twitter a livestream event and more screenshots and videos by next week:
Next week we will livestream and you can expect to see screenshots and videos.
From what we’ve seen so far, H1Z1 looks really interesting, especially due to its sandbox approach and massive world. Will SOE manage to make me play a Zombie game without groaning at the massively overdone fad? You could say they already managed with The Last of Us, but those aren’t zombies, so…