Remember in June this year when Sony Online Entertainment revealed that their zombie survival MMO, H1Z1, would be coming soon, even going as far to say “you can play it yourself soon. and by play I mean play fully,” yeah, well that certainly didn’t happen. Since then we’ve been hearing the word “soon” being thrown about all over the place with no real indication on when the game will release. With many almost giving up hope for a release “soon,” Sony Online Entertainment has now released an actual solid date.
That’s right, you’ll actually be able to play the epic survival MMO when the game launches into Early Access on January 15, 2015. “This gives us just enough time to polish what we have and put out something we’ll be proud of and hopefully you’ll be excited to play,” Sony Online Entertainment boss John Smedley wrote in a post on reddit.
According to Sony, the game’s Early Access state should include many of the games core mechanics such as crafting, base building, combat, vehicles, circle-of-death, the day / night cycle, weather, player vitals, hunting and forging and, of course, zombies – let’s just hope that they’ve figured out how to stop them from running through walls, I’m looking at you Day Z.
Smedley did note however that all though the game is fun to play, it is still in the early stages of development. “It’s everything Early Access should be – a fun and compelling game that isn’t finished. 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.”
He also added that like with many Early Access titles, if you expect a finished game, you shouldn’t get the Early Access version.
When the game does launch into Early Access, two versions of the title will appear, the standard Early Access version for $19.99, and a more expensive version that’s yet to be announced. The difference between the two is that players will have access to some of Sony Online Entertainment’s different game mode servers, which you’ll be able to access by buying tickets or earning them, as well as a handful of currently unannounced features.
A PlayStation 4 version of H1Z1 is also in the works, although SOE is yet to announce a release window. “We are excited about the PS4 and the opportunities it presents, but we are currently focused on launching H1Z1 on Steam Early Access for the PC,” the developer said.