Posted Sun Feb 7, 2016 at 09:59 AM PST by Connor Sears
Either way, only the fittest will survive.
Survival game 'H1Z1' will be splitting into two separate titles with very different playstyles in the middle of next week, the developers announced.
On February 17, the early access title will be replaced on digital shelves with two unique early access games: 'H1Z1: Just Survive' and 'H1Z1: King of the Kill.' 'Just Survive' will focus on the open-world survival aspect of the game, featuring scavenging and crafting systems as players take on the unforgiving wilderness. 'King of the Kill' will be more PvP-oriented, offering players a shooter with several high-octane game modes.
Players who already own 'H1Z1' and have accounts in good standing will receive both new games when the split officially happens on February 17. Players' existing crates, keys, and items will be duplicated and made available in each new game as well. Each game will cost $19.99 after the split, which is the current price of 'H1Z1.' Players have until the date of the split, then, to purchase the original game if they want to snag both game modes before the price essentially doubles.
The split was created so that both unique 'H1Z1' game experiences would have access to dedicated development teams and could grow independently of each other, developer Daybreak Game Company explained.
"Over the course of development, we discovered [H1Z1] had evolved into two unique gaming experiences, appealing to two distinct communities," Daybreak Chief Publishing Officer Laura Naviaux said in a press release. "Fostering lasting communities is the bedrock of our organization, and by allowing these worlds to exist independently and grow in their own distinguished ways, we can better deliver on a consistent vision and clear roadmap for each game toward official release and beyond."
Daybreak further announced that 'King of the Kill' is aiming to leave early access and hit the PS4 and Xbox One sometime this summer. 'Just Survive' will continue to remain on PC in early access throughout the year, though there are plans to get the survival half of the title to consoles as well.
Source: Daybreak Game Company
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