H1Z1 is – or was – quite the paradox for Daybreak Game Company. It started out as a single zombie survival title before splitting into two games, Just Survive and King of the Kill. After finally emerging from Early Access, the developer has now announced that H1Z1, along with its free vehicle-based Battle Royale mode “Auto Royale” will be free to play. The change is going into effect today at 10 AM PST.
It’s an interesting move to say the least but somewhat expected. Even PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds commanding the player base that it does isn’t enough to unseat free to play titles like Fortnite: Battle Royale. With H1Z1 spent so much time in Early Access, this is probably the best way to garner attention, encouraging more players to try it out and probably staying to invest some money long-term.
We’re not sure what this means for the players who already bought the game but there are probably a few special benefits set aside for them. What are your thoughts on H1Z1 going free to play? Let us know in the comments.