H1Z1 developers Daybreak Game Company LLC today announced the upcoming separation of the survival game into two independent games.
H1Z1: King of the Kill
It will be a large-scale, high-intensity multiplayer shooter comprised of a variety of new fight-to-the-death game modes, including fan-favorite PLAYERUNKNOWN’s Battle Royale. King of the Kill will come out of Early Access and launch this summer on consoles and PC.
H1Z1: Just Survive
Just Survive will refine its focus on delivering a persistent, post-apocalyptic, open-world zombie experience where scavenging, crafting and base-building are the difference between life and death.
On Feb. 17, 2016, both Just Survive and King of the Kill will be available on PC through Steam Early Access for $19.99 USD each. All players who currently own or purchase the game on or before Feb. 16 will be granted both games upon the separation.
“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 Just Survive and King of the Kill will continue to progress in Steam Early Access under the umbrella of the H1Z1 universe, but will be developed with independent milestones by dedicated teams within Daybreak Games. King of the Kill will come out of Early Access and launch simultaneously on PC, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this summer. Just Survive will remain in Early Access through the end of the year.
For more information regarding the upcoming changes, visit: https://www.h1z1.com/