The H1Z1 virus devastated mankind and left nothing but death and destruction in its wake and a world nearly empty of human life where the remnants of humanity are in a fight against extinction against those infected with the virus. It’s been 15 years since H1Z1 was first encountered and what’s left of the world before is overrun with the Infected. Humanity has been reduced to hiding in the shadows, searching desperately for food and water and anything that can help to survive even for another day. But the Infected aren’t the only dangers in the world.
Everyday life in the Apocalypse means dealing with all kinds of wild animals and the brutality of other survivors, as well as finding your next meal and a safe place to sleep. It also means scavenging or crafting anything that can help you live just one more day. In H1Z1 every minute of every day is borrowed time and fearing for your life… unless you are the Danger (talking to you Walter), but life can and will go on… even in circumstances as dire as this. Humanity has not given in to the Infected. There are still pockets of humanity and the fight goes on!
H1Z1 used to be one game, but it split into two over the course of development - the competitive flavored King of the Kill, and the MMORPG survival Just Survive. The latter has been slow in receiving updates, leading some to believe it was forgotten. Now it has a new game director and big plans for the next year. We chat with Daybreak's Ben Jones about the silence and upcoming plans.
The latest H1Z1: Just Survive producer's letter has been published to reassure the playerbase that the game is indeed moving forward with production. The post begins with a mea culpa of sorts with the admission that the most recent patch, deployed over two months ago, wasn't the "prettiest update" that has ever been released. Since that time, however, devs have been updating the Test server regularly and has been actively engaging the community for feedback.
The second annual H1Z1 Invitational was held during this past weekend's TwitchCon 2016 convention with participants sharing over $267,000 in prizes. More than 118,000 concurrent viewrs checked out the action during the event.
During last week's Gamescom Daybreak Game Company revealed that a new map will be coming to H1Z1: King of the Kill. The new one is based on the currently existing map but has been reworked to show much more attention to the details, including props and objects, etc.
The latest H1Z1: King of the Kill producer's newsletter has been published on the official site to discuss some of the behind-the-scenes changes being made to rules to ensure basic fair play.