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...