An substantiated claim from a website is indicating that SOE may be planning to release H1Z1, the open-world zombie MMO, for Steam’s Early Access program as soon as October, and perhaps a late fall release for the PlayStation 4.
The news comes courtesy of Kdramastars, (that’s K-Drama Stars, folks. You know, like the South Korean dramas that are all the rave these days? Hey, I don’t watch them… I’m just giving you the low down) where they’re report that following the recent blog post by SOE on their official blog site, game site Cyberland somehow caught wind that the game would be heading into Early Access release sometime in the fall.
As noted on Kdramastars…
“Cyberland has reported that H1Z1 will be available sometime in the fall of 2014 and gamers might expect it on October or November this year. It is still unclear whether the game will be shipped first for the PC, PS4 or possibly both at the same time.”
I tried going to “Cyberland.com” (and that really does sound like a porn website from a sci-fi movie made back in 1997 or something) but nothing turned up. I’m not sure who this “Cyberland” site is because typing it into Google along with “H1Z1” turned up nil, too.
The thing is, I tend to doubt that there will be a PS4 release of H1Z1 this fall, given that it’s entirely unlikely the game will be available on Sony’s console in 2014.
You see, Sony prefers games to at least head into some form of a completed beta before they’re made available on the PS4. While concept approval and patching fees may have been waived on the eighth-gen console, there are still some barriers to entry setup to keep a certain quality measure in place for the games that do arrive on the system.
If H1Z1 heads into Steam’s Early Access as soon as this October (and that seems very likely) we won’t be seeing the game appear on the PS4 until it’s time for it to enter beta.
Of course, for now, it’s all speculation surrounding the window of the game’s release. What we do know, for a fact, is that the Early Access release for H1Z1 is very near, as the team needs to fix up a few core mechanics before they feel it should be eligible for consumption by the mass (and very critical) public.
You can keep track of H1Z1 by heading on over to the official website. Also, be sure to check out the latest video for the game right here, detailing some of the crafting mechanics and advanced combat when using the bow and arrow.