H1Z1 Splits Into Two Games Feb. 17, Will No Longer Be Free-To-Play
1+1 = 2, and apparently H+1+Z+1 = 2, as well. Daybreak Game Company today announced that H1Z1 will split off into two titles, one focusing on the survival aspect of the game and one focusing on the battle royale part of the game.
H1Z1: Just Survive will be the title of the survival-mode version of the game, while H1Z1: King of the Kill will be the battle royale part. Each will have its own dedicated development team and resources, and develop mostly independently of each other. The split will happen on Steam on Feb. 17; anyone who owns the base H1Z1 game before then will have both games. After the 17th, you'll have to pay $19.99 for each.
Oh, right -- neither version of H1Z1 will be free-to-play any more. That might be the right choice for survival games, but it just feels like a bit of a bait and switch, and it deserves more of an explanation than just a brief answer to an FAQ question. Moreover, it makes me wonder about the future of EverQuest Next and whether that game will still be free-to-play... whenever...
In any case, both titles will remain in early access for the time being, with King of the Kill launching fully on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One this summer, while Just Survive remains in early access for the remainder of 2016. And this will probably be the last article you see on this site about either. So, what do you think of the news?
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