Sony’s upcoming zombie survival game, a post-apocalyptic survival MMO, H1Z1 aims to scare gamers. In an interview with GameSpot Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley said,
"If you watch Walking Dead, you will be right at home in terms of the kind of zombies we have and the atmosphere we're trying to create. We want you to be afraid of the zombies and of other players."
H1Z1 was announced by Sony earlier this month. The game will be a free-to-play MMO boasting destructible world with a day/night cycle, dynamic weather and crafting system. Unlike other games the zombies in this are created to be a severe threat to the gamers, and are designed to be “unpredictable” thus giving them a real scare factor.
Smedley clearly said that DayZ is definitely a source of inspiration for their game and I think Rust as well was a sort of an inspiration, "It's definitely fair to say that DayZ is inspiration for it, absolutely. And, I'll be honest, there's a lot of other games out there that were inspiration for it, too. I would say DayZ was sort of a catalyst kind of thing."
The DayZ standalone has already sold over 2 million copies even though it is still in alpha. Although Smedley did give credit to DayZ for some inspiration he wanted to make clear that H1Z1 was a unique experience.
"If you're a zombie-loving PC player, you better be playing DayZ, because it's fun as hell. DayZ did a brilliant job imagining the apocalypse. Now, the way I view it, that's their apocalypse. We've got our own ideas. Our game has got a lot of its own features; not just features but it's got its own feeling. We're going for a very, very zombie-heavy [experience]."
H1Z1 will arrive sometime this year with rumors suggesting we will see its release on Steam in just a couple of weeks. It won’t be too ridiculous to assume that it might make its way to the PS4. In conclusion Smedley said, "We're focused on getting it out on the PC first. As a Sony company we're really excited about PS4 and the opportunities we have there"..