'H1Z1' Splits Into Two Games, Will Focus On Survival And Competitive Multiplayer

The zombie survival game H1Z1 has been on Steam’s Early Access program since January 2015. Development is still ongoing, but big changes are on the way. The latest announcement will see the original game split into two titles.

For those who enjoy the game’s open-world and survival aspects, you’ll play the new H1Z1: Just Survive. It will include the same features that attracted fans to the game, such as crafting, scavenging for supplies and building a base. If you prefer the competitive shooting mode, then H1Z1: King of the Kill is for you. This second title will feature multiple combat modes, so instead of fighting to survive in the large H1Z1 world, you just fight in smaller maps along with a group of players.

According to Daybreak Games (the development team for H1Z1) the reason for the split was a realization that the basic game wasn’t enough to fully satisfy players. There were some who purely enjoyed the Survival mode, and there were other players that didn’t play Survival at all and chose to play the Battle Royale game. By splitting H1Z1 into two titles (each game will also have its own development team), players on both sides will get enough development support for their favorite mode.

If you already own the original game, you’ll immediately gain access to both games when the split occurs on February 17, and you’ll still have your items, crates and keys for each game. You can also buy the titles separately for $19.99 each.

Both games are still considered to be in Early Access, but H1Z1: King of the Kill, will finish development faster. The final product will be available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sometime this summer.

As for H1Z1: Just Survive, Daybreak Games didn’t have a definitive date for version 1.0. For now, it will continue to be available for PC only, but the developers are thinking about creating a console version in the near future.

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  • Quixit
    Daybreak Games are a bunch of scumbags, they can't even finish one game so they break it into two. There should be a limit to how long you can be in early access before Steam automatically refunds everyone, one year absolute max.
    It looks more like a money grabbing scheme than anything else. If they really wanted to go that route, why not just offer two different modes within the same game instead of splitting it up.
  • niburt
    Money grabbing machine continuous... That greed for more and more money and ZERO actions against hacker and cheater.
    H1Z1 had potential but the greed and lies of DayBreak Games is beyond comprehension.
    I will may sure NEVER to support this developer, take a look at the reviews on Steam.
  • clonazepam
    C'mon now, at the end of the day, Daybreak's devs are just people trying to justify receiving paychecks while the business slowly crumbles around them. In all honesty, my opinion of their team is they are absolutely bottom tier when it comes to animations, models, textures, coding... you name it. It's evidence to what a team of amateurs can do with professional tools. Have fun while it lasts. I never expected H1Z1 to be anything more than a vehicle to funnel money elsewhere. The same thing happens with Everquest. They're cash cows for God only knows what. I hope at least a few of them are living an extravagant lifestyle.

    For the record, I have absolutely no skills to speak of, other than maybe typing faster than the average chimpanzee.
  • dextermat
    The only way to stop that kind of practice: not buy the game....
  • targetdrone
    So now if you want the full bad experience you have to buy the game twice.
  • Darkerson
    I seriously doubt Survival is going to be worked on. They may put out some token updates here and there, but its been clear for a long time that Battle Royal has been their bread and butter. I expect an announcement at the end of the year or sometime next year stating that they are shutting the Survival half down and only focusing on the BR side,. I just wish they would have had the balls to just say so. Plus, now that the game isnt going to be F2P, why are they still focused on using tickets? Oh yeah, its all about how much money they can generate as fast as possible with the least amount of obligation to what was originally pitched.
  • giovanni86
    Bought it because my friends bought it. It was fun, until the servers would restart and you would lose everything and all ur work and base gone. Then again the game wasn't much fun beyond zombies, no real challenge, for the most part few zombies here and there. This was about a year and a half ago. Haven't touched it since i lost my login, but hearing that its still in early access and the negative rep it has lately. I rather just reminisce of the fun i had and not care to find or create a new login.
  • dev_null
    TIAWAN #1