Sony Online Entertainment’s awaited zombie MMO H1Z1 went into early access today. Numerous players experienced connection issues and were unable to play the game, after receiving an Error G99.
Considering the nature of the game, it’s not a surprise that it had issues. Also, the game is still in development and purpose of this early access is to test the product. I believe we will see a more refined version of H1Z1 in the final build.
With that said, there is a major concern which fans have with H1Z1’s potentiel pay-to-win model. H1Z1 features paid airdrops, players can call-in an airdrop to get supplies and weapons. This can give some players an advantage over others and has a negative impact on the balance of H1Z1.
The game promotes the idea of survival of the fittest and paid airdrops is survival of the richest, not fittest. John Smedley previously confirmed that they will only sell wearable items but that was a while back.
Players have been blaming developers to mislead and bluntly lie to them, which I believe is a bit unfair, because SOE showed paid airdrops in some of their streams, so this was known beforehand.
After seeing the outrage of the community, John Smedley took to reddit and shared his side of the story and explained how blaming them is unfair.
In terms of us not being honest about it – untrue to an extreme. Quoting an 8 month old reddit post after numerous streams and interviews where we’ve been quite public AND putting it front and center in our “What to expect document” which was right on the purchase page just makes this blatantly unfair IMO. (here’s the link – https://www.h1z1.com/dev-updates/h1z1-what-you-can-expect-in-early-access) or you can just go back to the steam page. So if you think it’s P2W don’t buy it. Don’t play it.
They mentioned it before or not but surely it’s a disadvantage to players who won’t pay, so how will SOE balance things out?
According to Smedley, even if you have paid for an airdrop, it doesn’t mean you can have it easily. The airplane will come in “slowly and loudly,” other players in addition to a plethora of zombies can see it coming and will head in that direction.
It’s not an ideal situation for us all but it’s best we try out the game for ourselves before forming an opinion. Have you played H1Z1? Share your experience and opinion about the game in the comments.