May 20, 2018

To-Play Battle Royale Game H1Z1 Launches for PlayStation 4 in May

25 April 2018, 06:44 | Rudolph Thomas

Free-to-play battle royale shooter H1Z1 is coming to PS4 next month

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Additionally, the H1Z1 will have controls built for "hot swap looting, radial menus, and natural and quick feel" on a PS4 controller. For a chance to get in on the closed beta, simply sign up at the H1Z1 website. The PS4 version will feature a few differences to the "core gameplay experience" in order to "keep players engaged in all the action".

One of the original entries into the battle royale space is finally making its way to the PlayStation 4, as Daybreak Games has announced today that H1Z1 will launch on PlayStation 4 in open beta next month on May 22. "We have reimagined the game for PlayStation 4 and have designed it to accentuate the essentials of battle royale that make the genre so exciting to watch and play", said H1Z1's producer, Terrence Yee.

H1Z1 won't release on the Xbox One anytime soon - and it's unclear exactly when a full release will come for the PS4 version either. The HUD has also been simplified and the PS4 version of the game will not feature any type of crafting system.

Capitalizing on increased mobility, the PS4 edition takes H1Z1's signature fast-paced combat one step further by introducing new gameplay progression mechanics.

Six new guns have also been added to the game, including the KH43, Marauder, MK46, Combat Shotgun, CNQ-09, and Scout Rifle. Matches will now only last 15 minutes or less with the gas moving at a faster rate. "Airdrops serve as the primary way to secure higher powered armor, which have been retooled to provide players with a health bonus".

PlayStation Plus Members will receive 20% off their preorder purchase, too.

Weapons like the AK, and AR are only available through airdrops. Players with a more passive strategy may diligently search the world for these rare crates, which emit a low radio chatter and signal beacon when they are in proximity. The developer is also promising the game will run at 60 FPS for PlayStation 4 Pro. H1Z1 will be a free-to-play title though Daybreak is already looking to sell a pre-order bundle which includes a number of cosmetic items, themes, emotes, and other content.

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