PC battle royale game H1Z1 will become free to download and play as of 6pm UK time today.
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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.
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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.
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."
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.
John Smedley, boss of Daybreak (formerly Sony Online Entertainment), has stepped down as president and CEO of the company.
Notorious hacker group Lizard Squad has attacked Daybreak games including PlanetSide 2 in an apparent retaliation against boss John Smedley.
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.
Zombie MMO H1Z1 has a cheating problem. The issue got so out of hand that developer Daybreak Game Company had to ban 24,837 players.
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.
UPDATE 12/02/2015 2.13am: Daybreak Games has offered its condolences to those let go in the following statement on its official forum.
Sony has sold off Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) to investment management firm Columbus Nova.
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.
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.
Sony's DayZ-inspired zombie MMO H1Z1 launched its alpha yesterday on Steam Early Access, where it received quite the backlash.
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.
Sony's zombie survival MMO H1Z1 launches on Steam Early Access on 15th January 2015.
Sony Online Entertainment has released a gameplay demo of H1Z1, its post-apocalyptic MMO survival game.
Sony Online Entertainment's H1Z1 zombie MMO sure reminds me of something else.
The developer behind free-to-play zombie MMO H1Z1 has vowed not to sell important items such as guns, ammo, food or water.
As promised, Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley has detailed the studio's upcoming zombie-themed MMO H1Z1.