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Player-driven development at 'core' of SOE's philosophy

SOE President John Smedley is preaching the gospel of player-created content to any and all who will hear, saying, "Our player-driven development process is really at the core of who we are and who we've evolved into." In a new interview with Fortune, Smedley talked about the approach that SOE i...

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E3 2014: Hands-on with H1Z1

I'm coughing. My head hurts. I'm tired, hungry, and thirsty. I'm not hearing things anymore, but when I close my eyes for too long, I feel disoriented. And this was before I got my hands on H1Z1! I'm sick at E3, but well enough to see through some spin while looking at a winner. If you're tired of ...

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E3 2014: SOE's evil ways on display in this H1Z1 teaser

SOE has taken the wraps off "My Evil Ways," a new trailer for zombie sandbox H1Z1. The clip is comprised of gameplay footage and seems to endorse the kill-or-be-killed mentality that typically permeates apocalyptic fiction. View it in full after the break!...

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H1Z1 floats possible server rulesets

A short Reddit post from SOE revealed a few possible server rulesets that the team has been discussing for H1Z1. While these aren't set in stone, it is an interesting peek into the possibilities of both official and player-run servers. The possible server rulesets include: Hardcore ruleset (wipe...

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Special H1Z1 livestream event going on right now

SOE is planning a special livestream event covering H1Z1 starting at 2:00 p.m. EST today. President John Smedley tweeted, "It's a surprise. It's entirely live. Its either going to be epic awesome or epic fail. Either way it will be worth tuning into. Either way, it's not going to bore you." You ...

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SOE's Jimmy Whisenhunt on the paranoia and potential of H1Z1

What's more dangerous to your survival after the apocalypse: undead abominations or your fellow humans? OK, that's certainly not a new question in the zombie gaming genre, although it's not going to stop H1Z1 from asking it. In fact, there's a haze of extreme familiarity that's settled around this ...

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Rust, H1Z1, and the emerging 'survival MMO' genre

I'm naked and alone again, but that's OK. After having to level up in other games a million times, deal with boring tutorials, repeatedly turn in quests that add no value to my play time, and then watch as my guild slowly bleeds members to the next MMO asking us to repeat the whole ordeal, "naked a...

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Stick and Rudder: How Star Citizen is turning the game industry on its ear

When this column began, the first thing I talked about was Star Citizen's then-unique development model and how important it was both for fans and the game industry as a whole. Over a year later, the jury's still out on whether or not Cloud Imperium's opus will bring balance to the Force and giv...

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SOE is streaming H1Z1 right now [Videos uploaded now]

You know what goes great with lunch breaks (or breakfast, if you're one of those weirdo West Coasters)? Zombies, that's what. As such, SOE is serving up an H1Z1 livestream as we speak, so head to the game's official Twitch channel to see game designers Adam Clegg and Jimmy Whisenhunt laying the gro...

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Here's a brief H1Z1 trailer

SOE sneaked a brief H1Z1 trailer onto the interwebs last week, and the clip features 58 seconds' worth of the night terrors typically associated with zombies and zombie video games. The trailer is called Will You Survive the Night. View it in its entirety after the cut....

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