H1Z1 Is Splitting Into Two Games

H1Z1 Is Splitting Into Two Games

Online zombie game H1Z1, one of the many survival games that’s been on Steam Early Access for what feels like decades now, is splitting into two games later this month, developer Daybreak said today. Starting February 17, Daybreak will start selling a spinoff called H1Z1: King of the Hill, which they say is a “large-scale, high-intensity multiplayer shooter comprised of a variety of new fight-to-the-death game modes”. Meanwhile, the current incarnation of H1Z1 will get a new name: H1Z1: Just Survive. Each game will run for $US20 ($28) on Steam Early Access, but if you own (or buy) H1Z1 before February 17, you’ll get them both.

This winter, Daybreak says, H1Z1: King of the Hill will leave Early Access and come out for realsies on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The survival game will remain in Early Access “through the end of the year”, because survival games never leave Early Access. Just ask DayZ!

Disclosure: As of last month, Daybreak owner Columbus Nova has a minority stake in our parent company, Gawker Media.


  • Money grubbing. I hope nobody buys into this. As someone who bought into the early access of H1Z1 initially, I have to say they’ve done very little to make the game worthwhile and this just seems like an attempt to get more money.

    • Havnt H1Z1 players been playing last man standing etc modes already?!

      Wow, somebody made two incomplete products from a single incomplete one that is supposed to be going free.

        • Really?
          I havent played or followed H1Z1 since the first month or so of it being released but when did that change? I thought you only payed for early access then it was suppose to be a free to play game when it was released on PC and Console.

  • “…because survival games never leave Early Access. Just ask DayZ!”

    If you consider that “early access” as an indicator that the game will make it to gold without consumer funding than the above quote is rather ironic.

  • between this and Landmark/EQnext, the future really isnt too bright for (former) SOE fans.

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