Sony Online Entertainment's upcoming zombie-centric release H1Z1 will allow players to loot items you purchased with real-world money — but only temporarily.
Company president John Smedley took to Reddit this week to explain how microtransactions will work alongside the game's PvP gameplay, stating: "We've also come up with a pretty awesome idea to let players who kill other players loot stuff.
"So if a player has a black ski mask and gets killed by another player, that player can wear the ski mask for a few deaths (we have durability in the game. Station Cash wearables won't degrade at all but when you loot something.. it will degrade. Please note the original player always keeps their SC purchased wearables.
"This gives the great feeling of whacking some unsuspecting fool who decided to bring a knife to a gun fight. What this means is when you buy items of clothes with money (refereed to as Station cash in SOE games) you always keep that item. However, if a player loots your corpse and takes that clothing item they will also be able to wear it for a few lives but they won't keep it indefinitely."
H1Z1 will not make guns, ammo, food, water or other game-changing items available to purchase via microtransactions, Smedley continued. Various emote packs will be, however, as well as character slots and crates of random items.`
Sony Online Entertainment's post-apocalyptic massively multiplayer online game is heading to PC first and PlayStation 4 later, Smedley confirmed earlier this month.