Well this is a surprise turn of events, Daybreak Game Company has just announced that it’s to split their zombie survival game, H1Z1 into two independent games, the first, H1Z1: King of the Kill takes the game’s iconic Battle Royale and spins it into its own original game, and H1Z1: Just Survive, basically the H1Z1 you know today, but with a core focus on survival in the zombie infected world.
On February 17 both H1Z1: King of the Kill and H1Z1: Just Survive will launch on Steam Early Access for $19.99 each. Those who already own H1Z1 or purchase the game on or before February 16, will get both games upon separation.
Probably the most exciting news from this announcement is that H1Z1: King of the Kill will also be launching on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this summer.
“Since its release last year on Steam Early Access, we’ve had more than 2.5 million downloads of H1Z1 and rank as the number four top selling game on Steam of 2015 releases,” said Laura Naviaux, Chief Publishing Officer of Daybreak Games. “We launched H1Z1 as an Early Access title to allow the player community to help shape our development. Over the course of development, we discovered it had evolved into two unique gaming experiences, appealing to two distinct communities. Fostering lasting communities is the bedrock of our organization, and by allowing these worlds to exist independently and grow in their own distinguished ways, we can better deliver on a consistent vision and clear roadmap for each game toward official release and beyond.”
Both of these games will continue to progress in Early Access and will be part of a combined H1Z1 universe. They’ll be developed separately with separate milestones by dedicated teams within Daybreak Games Company. H1Z1: King of the Kill will be the first of the two games to fully launch, with sights set on a summer release both for the PC, and console versions. H1Z1: Just Survive will remain in Early Access through the end of the year.
It’s definitely an interesting way to deal with the way the game has evolved since it launched, but as players enjoyed the mixed gameplay of both the survival elements and the PvP battle royales, this could certainly separate the H1Z1 community.