H1Z1’s latest patch buffs its Battle Royale mode

    
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This is what it looks like

This morning’s H1Z1 publish is now live with its overhaul of the Battle Royale system. Daybreak told followers on Reddit last night that the patch is intended to improve Battle Royale matchmaking, bugs, disconnects, maps, population tracking, and “other anomalies.” Other game tweaks include new recipes, better base building functionality, and debuff adjustments. Critically, “furnaces and barbecues now have less health.” They were totally OP.

Daybreak is also promoting a test event this weekend for Battle Royale:

“Battle Royale is getting a lot of improvements with this next publish and we want you to help us test them. To show our appreciation, all first place winners of BR matches this weekend will receive a special item at the end of the round. Everyone who participates will earn a unique item which will be granted at a later date. The event will take place from Friday at 3 p.m. PDT through Sunday at 6 p.m. PDT and we encourage everyone to jump in and send us your feedback.”

[Source: Reddit thread, unofficial patch notes]
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Tierless Sartinme quark1020 Great, now everybody will be running around with light sabers.

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quark1020

Sartinme So, like Star Wars Galaxies, they’re are making a NGE for H1Z1, lol.

Golden_Girl
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Golden_Girl

Sartinme You never bought an actual “gamed” from these scammers ;-)

Golden_Girl
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Golden_Girl

Damonvile It was a desperate, broken crash-grab by studio on the verge of bankruptcy – it’ll be whatever they think it needs to be to save them.

Ghostmourn
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Ghostmourn

Damonvile Ohh yeah that..its a moba now :)

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Ghostmourn

H1Z1 has amassed a huge following on Twitch with the PVP crowd,  I think thats probably why they are going this direction.
If that is a telling metric the game is a huge success, its been in the top 5 streamed games for a while now even moving in on Mobas.
Conversely WOW was always top 5 during MOP is now off the front page of fighting for the last slot most days, I venture to guess Twitch has a huge influence on what people are currently playing. (Rather than the opposite, which would seem more logical!)

Tierless
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Tierless

Sartinme I’m not worried it’s not like SOE has a history of compeletely changing games from what they originally were…wait…(remembers SWG NGE, gets mad, leaves)

Tierless
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Tierless

Please improve the main game before focusing on isolated mini match versions of it. I came in thinking this was more like an MMO but suddenly they are focusing on small vs map stuff like its an FPS. SOE is gonna SOE I guess.

Sartinme
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Sartinme

This seems like the direction has gone from a survival game into an attempt at making a new category in esports.  This isn’t the game I stupidly purchased.

Damonvile
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Wasn’t this a sandbox zombie survival mmo ?