Rumor: H1Z1 may finally be launching; the ‘royalty showdown’ begins today

Yesterday, in our report on H1Z1’s plummeting player numbers since the onslaught from PUBG and Fortnite, we mentioned that the game’s launch, once planned for 2016, had been canceled and indefinitely delayed. And Daybreak didn’t launch it in late 2017, when it split the game’s branding.

But Daybreak may be preparing for a real launch at last. Friend of the site Babagra.pl pointed out to us that during Friday’s livestream, Daybreak showed off a season one screen and suggested there “won’t be any more pre-seasons.” That could just be a segue into the “Royalty Showdown” event that’s going on today, as the top 75 players from the 7th preseason will compete (the first event starts today at 1 p.m. EST). Or it could mean the game is finally preparing to launch.

In the meantime, the studio’s just rolled out a ton of big changes to the test server, including pre-match spawn selection timeouts, full-heal consumables, and new loot crate rewards for winning matches.

Source: Reddit. Thanks, Babagra.pl!
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Jack Pipsam

Daybreak’s running on fumes.

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Necromonger

Game is already on life support.
Tons and tons of people have flocked to Fortnite / PUBG.

This game wont make to to 2020, dare i say it might make it to 2019 lol.

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Zadira Kindleriver

Well, of course they have to launch it. Just like they launched Landmark and we see how that turned out. :(

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Jeremy Barnes

Gotta launch so they can fire the developers to get their salaries off the books and then say “It’s a normal part of the process to let go fo developers after launch”

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Grimalkin

How ironic

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rafael12104

Launching to do what, exactly? Suck in a few more players just in time to Sunset?

My oh my. The circus music is strong with Daybreak.

I’ll be the first to say it then. H1Z1, as it stands right now, is dead. It is an ex-parrot.

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Fisty

It probably still isn’t exactly ready, but like jay said, with the dwindling numbers this is likely just a PR stunt to get a new rush of players for another 6 months or a year. Doesn’t seem like it’s going to have a long, robust history as a launched game.

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Armsbend

Better to hurry up and get it all over with. I hope those resumes are up to date Daybreak.

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Geo Kavu

Ahahah.. has to be a new record. A new low for this company.
Just this morning I read that they have lost a massive amount of players recently.
This will be the very first game to have lived its entire lifecycle before it released.

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jay

This day and age, what exactly does a launch even mean? Games can lounge in what they call alpha or beta stages indefinitely, with zero pressure or repercussion. It seems like a game’s “launch” has just become a PR buzzword. Hoping to get a few more players playing, by saying the game is “officially launched!”.

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agemyth 😩

Launch is the removal of the Early Access tag and the transition from “pardon the bugs the game is unfinished” to “pardon the bugs the game just launched”

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squid

‘Launch’ is the new F2P transition—it’s just a gimmick to attract players and eek out a few more months.

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IronSalamander8 .

It sure seems that way. 7 Days to Die has been in alpha for years as just one example.