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Remember H1Z1? The early Battle Royale Steam hit has seen a drastic drop in player numbers ever since PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite took hold of the genre. But its developers have come up with a plan to get the game back into the big time - and it involves cars.

Watch: H1Z1's Combat Update is a step in the right direction but it's still not a patch on PUBG

Earlier this week, H1Z1's Battle Royale style spin-off, King of the Kill, released its first big update in what seems like an age.

The 'Combat Update' has retuned and rebalanced the core mechanics in a bid to perfect the game's signature, action-packed, arena shooter gameplay.

Along with a complete overhaul of how the weapons handle, there's also been changes to the UI, improvements to player movement and also five new points of interest have been added to the map.

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H1Z1 renamed Just Survive in “most comprehensive update in the game's history”

H1Z1 renamed Just Survive in “most comprehensive update in the game's history”

Adds new map, base-building, weapons, loot, and in-game currency.

Daybreak Game Company (formerly known as Sony Online Entertainment) drastically updated its zombie survival MMO H1Z1 today, going so far as to rename the entire game Just Survive.

To clarify, the game was initially titled H1Z1 upon its 2015 Early Access launch. The following year PlayerUnknown himself, Brendan Greene, was hired to make a Battle Royale-inspired mode called H1Z1: King of the Kill. This zombie-less Hunger Games-like competitive mode later splintered off into its own game, while the original game was renamed H1Z1: Just Survive. And now it's simply called Just Survive. Confusing, I know.

At any rate, the name change to Just Survive is only the tip of the iceberg for the game formerly known as H1Z1, as Daybreak released what it's calling the "most comprehensive update in the game's history."

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H1Z1: King of the Kill spin-off coming to consoles this summer

Early Access MMO is getting split into two different titles this month.

Daybreak Game Company's (formerly Sony Online Entertainment) zombie apocalypse MMO H1Z1 is getting split into two different games: the original survival game is now called H1Z1: Just Survive, while its competitive multiplayer spin-off has been dubbed H1Z1: King of the Kill.

H1Z1 dev unbanning cheaters who publicly apologise on YouTube

"I want to make sure it's clear there are consequences for cheating."

H1Z1 developer Daybreak Game Company's president John Smedley has found an interesting approach to the cheating problem. Over the last few days the developer has banned somewhere in the neighborhood of 25K players for cheating, leading many pleading to be reinstated. Smedley has agreed to let certain reformed cheaters back in the game under one condition: They publicly apologise on YouTube.

H1Z1 sells over 1m Early Access copies in two months

Open world zombie MMO H1Z1 has sold over 1m copies on Steam, developer Daybreak Game Company's president John Smedley revealed on Twitter.

That's a lot for a game that costs 14.99 / $19.99, yet will be free-to-play upon launch later this year. Especially one that launched two months ago to generally poor reception - a status that wasn't helped by the surprise addition of arguably "pay-to-win" supply drops that contained weapons. This was after the developer said that the game wouldn't have any performance-boosting micro-transaction. As a result, the company formerly known as Sony Online Entertainment decided to offer refunds to those upset at this addition.

Things only got worse when Daybreak saw a number of layoffs in mid February.

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Our Ian Higton is a brave sort. While the rest of us will most likely spend the apocalypse cowering in an abandoned supermarket clutching onto our last tin of beans for dear life, he'll be out building a hospital out of corrugated iron, simultaneously killing zombies in the face. Come watch his exploits later on today; you'll have two streams for the price of one. You lucky sod.

It's been a ropey old Early Access start for zombie survival contender H1Z1. Granted, it is Early Access, but it's also Sony Online Entertainment, maker of PlanetSide 2 and EverQuest, and H1Z1 has now been offline for around eight hours - unplanned.

At launch, H1Z1 is a poor imitation of DayZ

In a survival situation, the first step to salvation is to take off your t-shirt. Never mind the additional storage capacity a pocket-less t-shirt apparently provides - free your nipples! Let them breathe the open air as you tear that torso-tube into shreds. Then run to the nearest forest and press E on all the spry saplings to steal their sticks. Take your ripped t-shirt in one hand, the sticks in the other, and slap both hands together hard. If you've done it right, an exquisitely-fashioned hunting bow will appear suddenly in one of your four available slots (best not to dwell upon the location of said slots). Congratulations! Now get moving, because you've only got about half a day until you die of thirst and starvation at the same time.


Available on Steam as an Early Access title for 14.99.

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Eurogamer's resident survival game fan Ian Higton has his eyes on some brand new extreme adventures for 2015. So, after scouring deep space to the deep sea and everywhere in between, he's put together a list of the five survival titles he's most looking forward to in the coming year.