H1Z1 Goes Into Early Access January 15

Jason Winter
By Jason Winter, News Editor
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True to his word, Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley today spilled the beans on H1Z1's early access date and other sundry details. He did so via the H1Z1 subreddit, a.k.a. SOE's "other" official website. The date: January 15, 2015.

While Smedley said that the game took longer than anticipated because of the dev team's desire to get it as polished as possible, he stressed that it would still be an early access, with all that entails:

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.

There will be two packages sold at the early access launch: a $19.99 "basic" deal that gets you into the game and a more expensive package that gives you access to different game mode servers and other to-be-announced perks.

A live Q&A with the dev team is planned for 3:30 PST (6:30 EST) on the official H1Z1 channel, and we'll update this post with any major details.

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Jason Winter
Jason Winter, News Editor
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

Discussion (12)

MidAir 8 years ago
I really like surrvival games but im getting sick of zombies, there are many other ways to roll up a survival game but allmost everyone goes with the zombie train, because of walking dead? or because dayz was so hyped once? i dont know but this looks kinda promissing for me so i will try it when it comes out. But free to play, because im not that hyped for another not finished zombie game, i have played too much of those allready.

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Hellbound Heart 8 years ago
It will be Free To Play in the end when early access ends so, can't hurt to try it out. It has peaked my curiosity. I am a huge fan of The Walking Dead and Romero movies, etc. Although I don't prefer Sandboxes. I mainly play Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. I guess time will tell.

SadTruth 8 years ago
They really should have stuck with PlanetSide2 rather than trying to make a zombie game that appears to fit right in with the rest of the clone wars zombie games that have been coming out for some times now. H1Z1 will sounds like a big cash grab and whatever happens after that they already made their money so whatever.

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Cash Grab 8 years ago
"There will be two packages sold at the early access launch: a $19.99 “basic” deal that gets you into the game and a more expensive package that gives you access to different game mode servers and other to-be-announced perks."

What is this cash grab about?

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