When done right, you hardly ever consciously acknowledge a game's sound, but when it's missing or done poorly, it can jar a player out of desired immersion. In a dev diary
posted today, H1Z1
Technical Architect Greg Spence
talks about the sound of the game and demonstrates a few tests.
"So much goes into making these sounds seem realistic beyond just choosing an audio file to play," Spence explains. "Taking into account your surroundings, whether you are inside or outside, what type of ground you are on, time of day, and even weather can play a big part in the final thing you hear."
Spence discusses sound effects, environment sounds, and, of course, music. You can check out the audio test videos after the break!