H1Z1’s PC version, Z1 Battle Royale, sees another leadership reshuffle as Jace Hall steps down

    
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Yesterday, Daybreak and NantGMobile announced that Jace Hall is no longer consulting on the PC version of H1Z1 known as Z1 Battle Royale, having “reverted back to a player.”

Hall was brought on in August of last year as the project lead with the support of the PC community in an attempt to rescue that version of the game and restore some old-school functionality for the title, even as the PS4 version (which got to keep the H1Z1 name in the divorce) surged in popularity and forked off in a different direction. Under Hall’s tenure, we saw the zombie survival side of the game, Just Survive, fail to survive, as well as the apparent collapse of the H1Z1 esports league (which was loaded with financial drama over which Hall presided).

“Todays new @Z1BattleRoyale update to S3 means I now return to ‘player-only’ status,” Hall tweeted. “Im no longer admin or involved in dev. It’s been an honor to help where I could & S3 is hopefully now a proper foundation. The dev team has kicked ass & the future is up to them & the community!”

Interestingly, according to Z1BR’s executive producer, Hall was never paid for his work on the game. “[Jace Hall’s] involvement with NantG & @Z1BattleRoyale was on his own dime the entire time,” Anthony Castoro says. “He wasn’t a paid employee or a consultant. He was a passionate leader who inspired me and others to come together for the sake of H1.”

The game itself saw a major patch last week, signaling the reshuffle, along with an update today.

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“Hall was never paid for his work on the game. “[Jace Hall’s] involvement with NantG & @Z1BattleRoyale was on his own dime the entire time,” Anthony Castoro says. “He wasn’t a paid employee or a consultant. “”

How bad do you have to be to get fired from a job you’re not paid to do :D

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agemyth 😩

Seems like Jace did a decent job of getting the PC game back on a track that dedicated KotK players are interested in. I don’t know if anything could be done to make this game competitive in the BR genre again, but it seems like they got the game back to the state people liked it in.

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Ironwu

The obvious: You get what you pay for.

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Greaterdivinity

He did this for free?

I…have so, so many questions. I don’t want to view this as something inherently negative, but damn if it’s not hard to given this games history.

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Bruno Brito

Maybe he actually liked the game?

Doesn’t matter. Fixes on side stuff won’t help when the core of the game is broken/boring.

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Jack Pipsam

So we can expect another name change right?

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Greaterdivinity

I WOULD LIKE TO DEPART THIS RIDE, MR BONES. IT IS TOO WILD FOR ME.