Sony Promises to Listen to Fans on H1Z1's Monetization; Will Use Same Anti-Cheat Tech As PS2

By Giuseppe Nelva

April 10, 2014

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.

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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…

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Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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