H1Z1 will let players vote to make servers

Communities can request special rulesets and features

Players will be able to vote to create their own themed servers in H1Z1, Sony Online Entertainment head John Smedley revealed Thursday.

Smedley laid out the concept in a Reddit thread: while H1Z1, a massively multiplayer zombie survival game in the vein of DayZ, will include generic worlds, player communities could also band together and vote for custom servers that reflect their interests.

"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," Smedley wrote.

Players with more than five hours logged in H1Z1 will receive one free pledge token a year. They can use this token to show their support for a community server idea. These servers might have looser player regulations or make zombies harder to kill, for example.

Smedley added on Twitter that player-voted servers will eventually expand beyond tweaked rules to add more features: "perhaps one community prefers to go more militaristic. So they add more military vehicles. So we're truly letting you, our players get exactly the kind of thing you're looking for."

SOE will sell extra pledge tokens, but players can only use two a year and the value will be refunded if the vote succeeds. Smedley said getting a server idea off the ground will take "serious player effort."

Smedley revealed more details about H1Z1, including its setting and mechanics, last week.