Official Site: H1Z1
Studio: SOE, now Daybreak Game Company
Launch Date: January 15, 2015 (Early Access)
Genre: It’s a Battle Royale game now.
Business Model: B2P (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC


Daybreak deletes H1Z1 Maui lootbox skin citing cultural representation concerns

While the war over lockboxes rages on in online games, there's another war brewing about the nature of what's in them, as a move...

Daybreak’s Z1 Battle Royale is sunsetting its South American servers, canceling Showdown event

April's been a rough month for fans of Z1 Battle Royale, the PC version of H1Z1. Developer NantG laid off a chunk of staff...

Daybreak devs address the Z1 Battle Royale turmoil, vow ‘minimal disruption’

It's been a rocky week for Z1 Battle Royale, as developer NantG laid off a number of its staff before announcing that it was...

NantG says it’s handing Z1 Battle Royale back to Daybreak – it’s not sunsetting, but there were layoffs

Yesterday, we broke the news that Z1 Battle Royale looked to be in serious trouble based on developers stating publicly that they'd been laid...
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Rumor: Z1 Battle Royale, H1Z1’s PC version, seems to be in big trouble as devs confirm layoffs

Note: We'll be updating this piece at the end with the latest, and we've also put out a second piece here with NantG's statement. It...

Perfect Ten: MMOs that set themselves up as spiritual successors

As with the larger video game market, sequels aren't unknown in the MMO space. We've seen studios take a stab at following up successful...

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

Yesterday, Daybreak and NantGMobile announced that Jace Hall is no longer consulting on the PC version of H1Z1 known as Z1 Battle Royale, having...

Z1 Battle Royale declares the return of the king with a massive new update

Season 3 of Daybreak's PC H1Z1 (or Z1 Battle Royale now, or Z1BR for you hip kids) is coming back in a big way....

Watch the rise and fall of the most popular Steam games of the last four years

For those of us who are visual learners (or heck, bar chart fanatics - and you know who you are), there's an interesting animated gif...

NantG continues negotiations with Daybreak to resurrect H1Z1’s Just Survive

The future of H1Z1's zombie survival component Just Survive has been in limbo for some time now, ever since a joint venture with Daybreak Games...
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H1Z1 patches in quick fixes for its mammoth Season 3 update on PlayStation 4

Adding a whole lot of stuff to a game in a patch can also break things. It's not intentional, but it's inevitable. H1Z1 had...

H1Z1’s third season brings FFA deathmatch, ranked leaderboards to PS4 on February 21st

Although Apex Legends is currently dominating the battle royale scene, genre-progenitor H1Z1 is still looking to keep itself fresh and exciting as it prepares...

H1Z1’s PC team makes the game look more old-school than ever before

While it will never be mistaken for the ultra-colorful and cartoony Fortnite, H1Z1 -- sorry, Z1 Battle Royale -- is doing what it can...
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H1Z1 adds ranked leaderboards for PlayStation 4 with its season 3 update

Are you tracking your progress as well as you could in H1Z1 on PlayStation 4? Sure, you think you're doing better now, but are you really doing...

MMO Business Roundup: Netmarble’s Nexon bid, Warframe’s owners, PC H1Z1, and the Fortnite kid who saved us from Facetime

Welcome back to another roundup of the business of business in the MMO and multiplayer world! Among the multiple companies apparently considering serious bids for...

Ashes of Creation yoinks another ex-Daybreaker, this one a community manager

Ashes of Creation's Intrepid Studios has been grabbing up Daybreak devs left and right, and now it's hired a new one: Sarah "Lt. Toast"...
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Perfect Ten: The MMOs with the most uncertain futures in 2019

Working in this field has given me something of a sense of how a lot of the industry is going to play out. Take...

Perfect Ten: Mobile MMOs to watch in 2018

Love it or hate it, MMOs are going mobile in ever-increasing numbers. Last year saw a crop of acclaimed titles making their way to...

Ashes of Creation snaps up another Daybreak dev, this time from H1Z1 Just Survive

Daybreak's loss is Ashes of Creation's gain. Again. Intrepid Studio's habit of roping in former developers from SOE and Daybreak continues, as former H1Z1: Just...

Daybreak found another 6000 $300 lifetime subs to sell, somehow

A week before Christmas, Daybreak announced that it was selling a $300 lifetime sub for its current stable of MMORPGs: a new version of...