Yesterday Sony Online Entertainment announced H1Z1 a free-to-play zombie MMO survival title. The first gameplay footage from the game can be seen in the video above. H1Z1 is a “massively multiplayer game in which players fight for survival in a world where death is only the sure thing” President of SOE John Smedley said. “The H1Z1 virus devastated mankind and left nothing but death and destruction in its wake and a world nearly empty of human life where the remnants of humanity are in a fight against extinction against those infected with the virus.”

In Smedley’s post on the games newly created subreddit he said “It’s been 15 years since H1Z1 was first encountered and what’s left of the world before is overrun with the Infected. Humanity has been reduced to hiding in the shadows, searching desperately for food and water and anything that can help to survive even for another day. But the Infected aren’t the only dangers in the world.

“Everyday life in the Apocalypse means dealing with all kinds of wild animals and the brutality of other survivors, as well as finding your next meal and a safe place to sleep. It also means scavenging or crafting anything that can help you live just one more day.

“In H1Z1 every minute of every day is borrowed time and fearing for your life… unless you are the Danger (talking to you Walter), but life can and will go on… even in circumstances as dire as this. Humanity has not given in to the Infected. There are still pockets of humanity and the fight goes on!”

Smedley also revealed that the game will include multiple servers with different rule sets which can hold “thousands of players,” crafting, with an in-game economy built around a trading system and more.

As for a release date details are pretty thin, but Smedley tweeted yesterday: “you can play it yourself soon. and by play I mean play fully.” There’s also a post on the subreddit which suggests that H1Z1 will be fully playable in 4-6 weeks and was confirmed in the games live stream.

Are you looking forward to H1Z1 or does one of the other Zombie MMO’s have your aligences? Let us know in the comments and check back soon for more news of H1Z1.

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