When Daybreak announced its new investment and development partnership with NantWorks and Jace Hall set up shop inside the company, H1Z1 fans expected big things, and not just for the promised new mobile game. As it turns out, big things are exactly what they’re getting, especially on the PC side of the veteran battle royale game, both in terms of personnel and in terms of updates.
As Babagra.pl has covered in-depth, Daybreak’s stream did verify that it’s NantGMobile that is working on the PC H1Z1 – now dubbed Z1 Battle Royale – complete with Adam “Arclegger” Clegg as lead designer, a returning Anthony Castoro, and additional Daybreak vets.
Among the highlights of today’s effort are a first pass on PS3-style weaponry, season 1 rewards, dynamic matches, quicker start times, nameplate display options, better jumping, more daytime games, camera tweaks, new event challenges, anti-cheat tweaks, and hosted game options.
It’s what’s on the horizon that’s got everyone buzzing: The new team is plotting a big overhaul of the game’s skin system, lockboxes, cash shop, and loyalty rewards. In a nutshell, they want to make every skin in the game tradeable – a significant undertaking.
Holy smoke! I’ve just been informed that my Weibo page in China has reached 1 million visits a day. This is surpassing Marvel Studios Weibo page by a almost a factor of 10. I think Chinese players are eagerly anticipating the update, and like the direction we are moving toward. pic.twitter.com/Xbn60sJqDs
— Jace Hall (@JaceHall) September 17, 2018
Worth pointing out is that Daybreak/NantWorks has split off the PC side into yet another Twitter account, so if you’re looking for Daybreak’s feed, try @Z1BattleRoyale, which has been a flurry of activity lately (they even posted their Trello roadmap). @H1Z1 is all PS4 now. Ditto for Twitch; here’s the mega-stream from the new channel:
Downtime for the update today is expected to begin at noon EDT.
— Z1BR (@Z1BattleRoyale) September 19, 2018
And Jace Hall’s explained why there hasn’t been much hype for what they’re up to:
The 1st @Z1BattleRoyale update is supposed 2 go to live 2day. Its a work-in-progress that we all can continue 2 improve together & find the right sweet-spot 4 every element. No big paid marketing hype. Just trying 2 make a GG 4 the community. This is just the start. Welcome home. pic.twitter.com/8oSuhDUlnK
— Jace Hall (@JaceHall) September 19, 2018