Daybreak Games has this week announced that they’re sunlighting their survival title H1Z1: Just Survive in October.
The developer quietly revealed that the survival aspect of H1Z1, which had been spun off into its own game, Just Survive, will be shut down on October 24 at 11 a.m. PT. This comes as no surprise considering the incredible success of their free-to-play battle royale version on PC and PS4.
Just Survive, previously known as H1Z1: Just Survive, and in its first instance, simply H1Z1, was the original concept of the game. Having launched under the Sony Online Entertainment banner, H1Z1 was originally conceived as a DayZ-style zombie apocalyptic survival game.
Much like DayZ, H1Z1 spawned a sort of battle royale concept as players battled over the game’s crate drops rather than surviving within the game’s world. This caused the studio, now known as Daybreak Games Studio, to spin-off the game into two versions, one which focused on survival – H1Z1: Just Survive, the other focused on PvP battles, H1Z1: King of the Kill.
These two titles lived in tandem quite happily until the Battle Royale craze took over causing Daybreak to focus more on the King of the Kill title. Eventually, King of the Kill was renamed H1Z1 which was then followed by H1Z1 Just Survive dropping the H1Z1 moniker and becoming simply “Just Survive”.
Daybreak launched H1Z1 onto PC and PS4 earlier this year with the title seeing over 10 million players dive into the game. As for Just Survive, it seems player numbers dwindled, so much so that the developers have decided to close down the game.
“The excitement of the game’s promise was palpable and its loyal community is still full of ideas for its future. Unfortunately, we are no longer in a position to fulfill its greatness and the current population of the game makes it untenable to maintain,” the company wrote in a blog post.
As of now, Just Survive can no longer be purchased, in-game purchases have also been closed. Daybreak is encouraging players to head to this page to see if they’re eligible for a refund. The servers are set to remain online until October 24 at 11 a.m. PT when they’ll be turned off forever.