Daybreak saw how well ARK: Survival Evolved is doing on Xbox One and is ready to jump in.
Big changes are coming to H1Z1. Daybreak is splitting H1Z1 into two games – H1Z1: King of Kill and H1Z1: Just Survive.
Alongside the news, the developer also announced H1Z1: King of Kill (the popular BR mode) is coming to Xbox One, PS4 and PC this summer. Welp looks like I’m double dipping. H1Z1’s survival mode grows stale after a while, but Battle Royale is fantastic with a group of friends.
The new H1Z1
Why the change? As Daybreak explains, it has to do with how we play. You either play Battle Royale, or you play Survival. There isn’t much overlap according to the developer. And, that fueled the decision to split the games up.
The more we developed this game with you, our community, the more we realized that in order to fully support both aspects of H1Z1, and their respective players, we needed to make them their own stand-alone games supported by their own dedicated development teams. Many players in the community have been discussing splitting the game and we’ve heard you loud and clear. We want to make sure we give both titles the support they need and deserve to truly flourish.
Daybreak won’t admit it, but it’s also a business decision. Battle Royale is a hugely popular mode and getting it on consoles quickly is a smart business move.
The decision to split the two games sounds great, on paper. Each part of the game now gets a dedicated development team. Those of you who like the survival aspect of H1Z1 will hopefully see more meaningful updates to that part of the game. Hell, any updates would be nice for you guys. Those of us who like Battle Royale will be getting more game modes.
How the split works
Already own H1Z1? You’re fine. On February 17th, both games will be listed in your Steam games library.
Don’t own H1Z1? Daybreak will charge $19.99 for each game on February 17th. You might want to go ahead and jump in if you were planning on it.
The split also means Daybreak is abandoning their plans to make H1Z1 free-to-play. They write, “at this time, we do not have any plans to make either H1Z1: Just Survive or H1Z1: King of the Kill Free-to-Play titles.”
As for existing crates, keys, tickets, etc.?
If you’re a current H1Z1 player, and have an account in good standing all of your existing crates, keys, and items will be duplicated and available to you in both H1Z1: Just Survive and H1Z1: King of the Kill. Air Drop tickets will be found and can only be used in H1Z1: Just Survive, and Event Tickets can only be used in H1Z1: King of the Kill.
It looks like Event Tickets will still be used for special events in H1Z1: King of the Kill.
Putting H1Z1: King of the Kill on consoles is a smart move. Honestly, I’m surprised it’s taken them this long. Hopefully, Daybreak can get the game running smoothly on consoles. Then again, ARK proves that as long as you have a fun concept – console owners will put up with terrible performance.