H1Z1 Leaves Early Access Today, Launches With 120-Player Auto Royale Destruction Derby Mode

Written by Stuart Thomas on Wed, Feb 28, 2018 4:53 PM
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Slowly but surely the giants of Early Access are beginning to creep out. H1Z1 is becoming the latest to leave the safe confines of Steam’s unfinished game program, launching as a full game today, complete with a new Auto Royale game mode.

While PUBG has since along and well and truly stolen the battle royale thunder, H1Z1 has been doing much the same thing for the last couple of years and with considerable success. A couple of years back, Daybreak Games also split H1Z1 Into two games - H1Z1 and Just Survive, much to everyone’s confusion.

New to the full release is the Auto Royale mode, which sounds frankly awesome. It’s Destruction Derby by way of PUBG, with up to 30 teams of four battling it out to be last vehicle standing. The maps are littered with power-ups, weapons, ammo, fuel, health, and oh-god-I’m-having-Vigilante-8-flashbacks.

“In 2016, we did something unheard of -- we split a successful game into two products and introduced the world to the first standalone battle royale game. The next year, we created the first battle royale esports league and became the second esport to ever air on broadcast television. This year, we continue to push this young genre forward with the introduction of Auto Royale,” said H1Z1 general manager Anthony Castoro. “Auto Royale doesn’t rinse and repeat what is currently available on the market, it turns the genre on its head with a fresh approach -- arcadey, vehicle-only battle royale unlike anything anyone has experienced before.”

Other changes inbound on day one include a heat map to show the locations of other players before you parachute in, increased airdrops, a mini-map to help navigate, founder’s item, and the start of Season 1 with assorted rewards.

So, if you’re somehow still on the fence about buying H1Z1 two years later, it’s now the supposed finished article. I’ve personally never had too much interest in it, but Auto Royale has certainly piqued my interest...

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03:16 Mar-01-2018

This was supposed to be something like Dayz. Then the developers gave up on their initial dream and turned it into a br game. Same as Fortnite. It's sad when developers do that.

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23:59 Feb-28-2018

Wasn't H1Z1 advertised as F2P game? What happened?

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08:13 Mar-01-2018

it will go F2P, when everyone leaves it... I would guess months before shutting it down for good

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19:37 Feb-28-2018

remember when this game was called WarZ?

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00:30 Mar-01-2018

That was a different game, War Z later changed it's name to Infestation: Survivor Stories

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00:36 Mar-01-2018

It was never called WarZ, that was a different game by a completely different studio. If you were just trying to be funny and saying they are all the same to an extent, then in that case yes.

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10:41 Mar-01-2018

that's what I meant indeed, wasn't that clear perhaps :)

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17:25 Feb-28-2018

Wanted to play it in december after a year or so but the thing is they use that stupid launcher of theirs, I dont know my password and the email no longer exists. Just why would u use another launcher with need of account when u have steam?

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19:39 Feb-28-2018

same thing when buying ubisoft games on steam, you'd still need uplay

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