It might have only launched out of Early Access just over a week ago, but Daybreak Games has announced that H1Z1 is now free-to-play. The battle royale title may have paved the way for PUBG to hit greater hits, but H1Z1 taken just eight days since its 1.0 release to abandon the price tag entirely.
It’s an impressive feat for a game that has over 8 million owners on Steam to tank quite so hard. At the time of writing (just before H1Z1 is about to go F2P) there are 744 players online, compared to an all-time peak of 150,179. H1Z1’s decline can be mapped pretty neatly against the success of both PUBG and Fortnite, both of which came along and absolutely ate H1Z1’s lunch.
"We are very excited to announce that H1Z1 will be free to play starting today," H1Z1 general manager Anthony Castoro said. "Not only does this decision allow us to share our version of Battle Royale and Auto Royale with even more players, but it signifies the next step in making H1Z1 a must-watch eSport."
If you’re one of the 8 million people who bought the paid version of H1Z1, Daybreak is giving early adopters an H1Z1 Appreciation Pack. This contains three skins, 10 Victory Crates and 10,000 of the Skulls currency. Microtransactions ahoy. If you happen to have been unlucky enough to buy H1Z1 in the last week, I recommend you slam your fist down on the refund button as quickly as you humanly can.