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New H1Z1 details and video

New H1Z1 details and video: Player Servers and third-person view

John Smedley, President of Sony Online Entertainment, has taken to Reddit to answer common questions seen on a recent live stream (archived by 2rgames) and explain, among other things, how Player Servers will work in SOE's hotly anticipated PS4 and PC zombie MMO.

"Q: Will there be 3rd person?

A: 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."

"Q: Will vehicles be 3rd person only?

A: Vehicles will be in third person only. Could this change? Maybe but that's what we're putting in for now."

"Q: How is this different from Day Z?

A: 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.

Smedley also announced a unique feature to H1Z1 called Player Servers.

"Hello fellow Infected,

I'd like to announce a new feature for H1Z1. Player Servers. Similar to other games from SOE, H1Z1 is an MMO. We will launch with different rulesets and variants to cater to different playstyles.

We're excited about taking our dedication to letting you get a say in our games to a whole new level with Player Servers.

The idea is simple - If a community of our players wants to host a server with a specific theme or ruleset then we're going to do our best to give it to them. players will recieve a pledge token for free if they've played more than 5 hours. This pledge token can be used to cast a vote for a server. But use it wisely. You only get one free one per year. Make sure it's a community you believe in and that has a good chance to succeed because we're going to set the bar such that the community can sustain an MMO server (more details will be announced later). If you find yourself dying to vote on another server initiative we'll also sell pledge tokens but you can only use 2 pledge tokens a year max. So again, it's up to you but we want to make sure if we build it you're coming. We're also going to refund the station cash you used to buy it to your account if the Player Server Initiative succeeds. The Pledge token also comes with a wearable that's going to look sweet.

Why refund it if it succeeds? Simple - we really want to give you the kind of servers you want. We're going to set that bar high. If it succeeds, you've built a community of fellow players you want and as our customers we want to give you that. But we also need some indication of reality in order to make this work.

At SOE we've been doing a whole lot of asking our players what you think of our ideas. This is no exception. If you have better ones, we are all ears.

Hope you dig this.


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