H1Z1

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H1Z1
H1Z1 logo.png
Developer(s) Daybreak Game Company
Publisher(s) Daybreak Game Company
Producer(s) Chris Wynn
Composer(s) Cris Velasco
Engine ForgeLight
Platform(s)
Release
  • Microsoft Windows
  • February 28, 2018
  • PlayStation 4
  • May 22, 2018
  • Xbox One
  • TBA
Genre(s) Battle royale
Mode(s) Multiplayer

H1Z1 is a free-to-play battle royale game developed and published by Daybreak Game Company. The game's development began after the original H1Z1 was spun off into two separate projects in early 2016: H1Z1: Just Survive and H1Z1: King of the Kill.[1][2] The games were further split as separate projects in October 2017, with Just Survive dropping the H1Z1 name, and King of the Kill becoming simply H1Z1.[3]

After three years of being in early access for Microsoft Windows, it officially released as a free-to-play game in February 2018.[4] H1Z1 is also planned to be released for the PlayStation 4 in May 2018, and for the Xbox One at a later date.

Development[edit]

The game was originally released on Steam as an early access title on January 15, 2015.[5] At release, the game suffered from severe technical issues. Players reported that they could not login to their account or enter any active server. Framerate issues, lack of voice chat and AI problems were also reported.[6] A new bug, which made all servers go offline, was also introduced to the game after the developer released a patch to fix other problems.[7] Despite the unstable launch, John Smedley, CEO of Daybreak Game Company, announced that the game had sold over a million copies by March 2015.[8]

In February 2016, it was announced by Daybreak that the game originally known as H1Z1 had been split into two separate projects with their own dedicated development teams, subtitled Just Survive and King of the Kill.[9] Later that year, it was announced that development of the console versions were paused in order to focus on the Windows version of the game, which was given an official release date of September 20, 2016.[10] However, a week prior release, the game's executive producer stated that due to many features remaining unfinished by then, the game would remain in early access until further notice. As a compromise, the game received a large update on September 20, including many of the features intended for the official release.[11]

A televised tournament for the game, titled H1Z1: Fight for the Crown, aired in April 2017 on The CW.[12] In October 2017, it was announced that the game would be dropping its King of the Kill subtitle, becoming known as simply H1Z1.[13] An invitational tournament was held during TwitchCon at the Long Beach Convention Center the same month.[14] Additionally in October 2017, the H1Z1 ProLeague was announced, which is a partnership between Daybreak Games and Twin Galaxies with a "player-first" approach to create a sustainable, professional eSports league for the "one versus all" battle royale genre. League play will begin in Q2 2018.[15]

The game was fully released out of early access on February 28, 2018.[16] The launch included updates to scoring, combat, weapons, gameplay, UI a new gamemode, Auto Royale.[17][18] The update also officially launched Season 1, introducing a new updated scoring system that rewards players who get kills and place well in matches consistently.[19] A week after release, it was announced that the game would be going back to free-to-play.[20] It will be released for the PlayStation 4 on May 22, 2018.[21]

Gameplay[edit]

H1Z1 is a battle royale game in which up to 150 players compete against each other in a last man standing deathmatch. Players can choose to play solo, in a duo, or in groups of five, with the goal of being the final person or final team remaining.[22]

Players start each match by parachuting in from a random location above the map. Once they land, they must search for a way to defend themselves. This can take the form of anything from grabbing a weapon and actively hunting other players, to hiding while other players kill one another. Vehicles are placed throughout the world, allowing players to chase down opponents or make a quick getaway. Players can scavenge a variety of supplies from their surroundings, including weapons, equipment, and first aid kits. The game also features a crafting system that allows players to create makeshift tools, such as deconstructing scavenged items into functional bandages or body armor.

As the game progresses, a toxic gas cloud compresses the map, dealing damage to players who remain in it. This effectively makes the playable portion of the map smaller, so that players are eventually forced to confront one another in close quarters. The gas spreads in timed increments, dealing a greater degree of damage in the later stages of the match.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Makuch, Eddie. "H1Z1 Coming to PS4 and Xbox One This Summer, PC Version Getting Split Into Two Games". GameSpot. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Hall, Charlie. "H1Z1 is splitting into two games, headed to consoles". Polygon. Retrieved 24 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Livingston, Christopher (October 14, 2017). "H1Z1: King of the Kill is now called just H1Z1". PC Gamer. Retrieved November 3, 2017. 
  4. ^ Livingston, Christopher. "H1Z1 becomes a free-to-play game today". PC Gamer. Retrieved 8 March 2018. 
  5. ^ Brian Albert (2014-12-08). "H1Z1 early access date revealed". IGN. Retrieved 2015-03-24. 
  6. ^ Handrahan, Matthew (19 January 2015). "Sony's H1Z1 plagued by technical issues at launch". Gameindustry.biz. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  7. ^ Crossley, Rob (21 January 2015). "Server Woes Worsen Following H1Z1's Disaster Launch". GameSpot. Retrieved March 24, 2015. 
  8. ^ Crossley, Rob (24 March 2015). "Zombie MMO H1Z1 Hits 1m Sales". GameSpot. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Breaking News: H1Z1 is Evolving". H1Z1.com. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  10. ^ Makuch, Eddie. "H1Z1 PS4/Xbox One Versions "Paused," as PC Edition Gets Release Date". GameSpot. Retrieved 3 September 2016. 
  11. ^ "September 20 Game Update". h1z1.com. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  12. ^ Hall, Charlie (22 February 2017). "H1Z1 tournament to air on The CW in prime-time". Polygon. Retrieved 18 May 2017. 
  13. ^ "New Look, New Name, All H1Z1". h1z1.com. Retrieved 26 October 2017. 
  14. ^ "Full TwitchCon Invitational Standings". H1Z1. 2017-10-24. Retrieved 2017-11-07. 
  15. ^ "H1Z1 Pro League – H1Z1 Professional Video Game Esports Tournament 2018". www.h1pl.com. Retrieved 2018-03-08. 
  16. ^ Hall, Charlie. "H1Z1 is leaving Steam Early Access right now, adding a new cars-only mode". Polygon. Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
  17. ^ "Game Update: Auto Royale, Season One, Match Rewards & More!". H1Z1. 2018-02-27. Retrieved 2018-03-08. 
  18. ^ Livingston, Christopher. "H1Z1 becomes a free-to-play game today". PC Gamer. Retrieved 8 March 2018. 
  19. ^ "Welcome To Season One!". H1Z1. 2018-02-28. Retrieved 2018-03-08. 
  20. ^ Livingston, Christopher. "H1Z1 becomes a free-to-play game today". PC Gamer. Retrieved 8 March 2018. 
  21. ^ Yin-Poole, Wesley. "Battle royale game H1Z1 hits PS4 in May". Eurogamer. Retrieved 24 April 2018. 
  22. ^ "Home | H1Z1 | Massively Multiplayer Arena Shooter". H1Z1. Retrieved 2017-11-06. 

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