Today, Nantworks has announced its strategic investment in H1Z1 developer Daybreak Game Company establishing joint video game publishing venture beginning with Z1: Battle Royale, a revitalized version of H1Z1 on PC.
Nantworks and Daybreak have partnered together to establish NantG Mobile, a publishing venture to co-develop “next generation game publishing platform,” according to a press release. The company is set to begin with a partnership with LA Times Center to establish esports leagues across multiple games beginning with Z1: Battle Royale, a revitalized version of PC H1Z1.
In addition, NantG Mobile will also be developing and publishing a mobile version of H1Z1 and EverQuest. The joint venture will also assume control and management of the PC version of H1Z1.
“Daybreak Games is pleased to have NantWorks as our investment partner to support and accelerate the growth of our company,” said Daybreak’s Jason Epstein. “Working with NantWorks, NantStudio and Dr. Soon-Shiong will allow us to maintain our cutting-edge development in the video game industry and to benefit from Nant’s technological expertise and reach as a resource.”
NantWorks is also planning construction of an LA Times Center, adjacent to the new LA Times HQ in El Segundo which will feature event space, LA Times production studio, and esports arenas. This center will serve as the home of NantG Mobile’s esports leagues for multiple game titles, including Z1: Battle Royale.
Right now this is all pretty business-oriented, but the takeaway is that H1Z1 is getting a mobile spin-off as is EverQuest. Details of when either game will be coming to mobile are currently unknown, though, given the current popularity of Fortnite and PUBG on mobile, it’ll likely be pretty darn soon.
Update: Previously the article said that Z1 was the name of the mobile spin-off, however, the mobile version of H1Z1 is currently unnamed. Z1: Battle Royale is a “revitalized” version of H1Z1 on PC.