Zombie survival MMO H1Z1 is rolling out via Steam Early Access on January 15, 2015, John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment, has announced.
According to Smedley, the game could have been released earlier, but it simply “wasn’t good enough” and the team wanted something that it “would be proud of.” “It’s everything Early Access should be – a fun and compelling game that isn’t finished,” he wrote in a Reddit post. “Our goal is to have you help us finish it and have it be a game we can build a large community in over time.”
Smedley also warned that the Early Access version of H1Z1 is not a finished game. “Is it going to be a finished game? Absolutely not,” he added. “If that’s what you’re expecting, DO NOT BUY EARLY ACCESS. The goal here is to let you in early and help us mold it into a game you want to be a part of for quite a long time.”
Two versions of H1Z1 will be available at launch. The first, priced at $19.99, will simply grant you access to the game. A second, more expensive option will be announced shorty, according to Smedley. “The difference between the two will be things like access to some of our different game mode servers (which you can get access to by purchasing tickets or earning them as well) and other specifics we’ll be outlining soon,” he explained.
Smedley concluded by answering the question of whether H1Z1 will be better than other zombie survival title DayZ on day one. “No it won’t. We’ll get asked that question a lot and I wanted to be up front about it. We’re not as feature rich and they have a lot of really cool stuff we just don’t have yet. That being said, we’re also a different game. We’re an MMO and our goals are to create a large scale world that gives you the incredible feeling of being a survivor in a zombie apocalypse.”