PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fornite are the leaders on the battle royale block, selling millions of copies and in-app transactions. Games studios and publishers are rushing to make clones. But the granddaddy of them all, H1Z1, just left its Early Access stage and has officially released.
H1Z1 used to be king of this hill. It started out as a survival game (riffing off the likes of DayZ), and with the help of a modder named … Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene, it became the first standalone battle royale game. But it fell behind to PUBG, which stormed the gaming scene last spring, and then to Fortnite: Battle Royale, which offers a friendlier experience with building structures in a last-player-standing game.
H1Z1 is going to market with a new mode, focusing on vehicles. Cars and trucks have always been important to Daybreak’s game, so the designers added Auto Royale, a vehicle-only mode. The studio’s savvy enough to know that its games have a strength, something that helps it stand out in a market that’s growing bigger and bigger.
But will it be enough to compete with PUBG Corp.’s and Epic’s juggernauts?
—Jason Wilson, GamesBeat managing editor
PC gaming editor Jeff Grubb jumps into the breach in … Into the Breach
The first huge battle royal shooter has finally left Early Access on Steam, and it is getting a new vehicle-only mode to go along with this release. Publisher Daybreak Game Company has launched the 1.0 retail version of H1Z1 for $ 20 on Valve’s digital distribution platform. After starting as an online survival sim (now called […]
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PUBG Corp.’s PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Epic Games’s Fortnite: Battle Royale are still going strong despite big launches like Capcom’s Monster Hunter: World last month. The two last-person standing shooters raked in more than $ 200 million on PC and consoles in digital revenue in January, according to industry-tracking firm SuperData Research. In SuperData’s ranking of the […]
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