post on Reddit
from SOE's John Smedley follows up glitches in an H1Z1
livestream to answer some viewer questions he saw about the survival/horror
game, including a pretty frank answer to questions about similarities to DayZ
). Here are his answers:
Answers to common questions I saw:
1) We will have first and third person. Third person will not give you LOS over
obstacles. We intend to make it more of a preference. I find myself switching to
it occasionally but I love combat in first person. To those who say we can't
serve two masters - play the game before you judge.
2) Vehicles will be in third person only. Could this change? Maybe but that's
what we're putting in for now.
3) Why was there so much stuff around 15 years later - we wanted to show you how
the mechanics worked. Simple as that. We intend to make surviving a lot about
catching your food. Longer term about growing it and protecting it.
4) How is this different from Day Z? - saw this a lot. Not going to give some
politically correct dodgy b.s. answer. It is a survival in a Zombie Apocalypse
game. So is Day Z. They have made a brilliant game (first I might add). They
have a great vision for it and can count myself and most of the people on our
team as fans and contributors.
We're making the game we're making. Long term we plan on making this about a
persistent world with a big landscape with thousands of players. The way we
would like to see this roll out is much more like players building small
enclaves or pockets of territory and hold out against a legitimate zombie threat
that's ever present while others go it alone taking their chances.. These player
built structures, forts and towns are one of the ways the players try to carve
out some small space in a dangerous world.
We also want to make sure we have a deep in-game economy that is heavily
dependent on crafting. Players will be able to become manufacturers.. sell
bullets, arrows.. etc. The in-game economy will be entirely player driven.
So this is our take on the Zombie Apocalypse with a lot of friends and hopefully
some great enemies both living and dead. We're proud to be up front and say we
love Day Z and the job they've done and we hope they enjoy what we make too.
I can say this another way.
I love 28 Days and 28 Days Later I love World War Z I love Warm Bodies (oh come
on you did too you) I love Night of the Living Dead.. and all the other ones. I
love The Walking Dead.
And so do most of you. So sure. We're another Zombie Apocalypse game. Call it
what it is. But our goal is to make ours fun, accessible, hard core and super,
super deep. As time goes on we hope our take on the end of the world by zombie
is fun and lots of people get to try it. You'll also have all the information
you need when you start Early Access for $19.99. You can watch others stream it.
You can decide to wait till we switch it to Free to Play. Either way you'll see
our roadmap and you'll see if it's something that's for you.
Have a good one,