I’m not usually one to stoke the fire of the rumour mill. Though this is far from a rumour, as the developers have already stated that this proposed PS4 console exclusive will now be hitting the Xbox One at the same time. Obviously, this isn’t exactly a console exclusive, as H1Z1 has also been released on the PC. However, it was originally supposed to be a PC and PS4 exclusive – and as an Xbox One gamer, I was pretty disappointed by their initial plans to just release it on the PS4 for console gamers.
When H1Z1 was first announced, it was billed as a game for jus the PC and PS4. There may have been plans to bring it to the Xbox One at some point but, initially, it was destined to release on the PS4 after its initial trials on the PC. Much like DayZ, H1Z1 was released on Steam for early access, giving PC gamers the chance to play the unfinished version of the game. Since then, it’s built quite a following (including our own Con and Steve). I’d written quite a few articles about the game, since its release on PC, stating how disappointed I was that this game was going to be a PS4 exclusive. I even wrote an article about how H1Z1 and the proposed sequel to Undead Labs’ State of Decay would be battling it out on consoles – come their release. So, I was pretty shocked when Daybreak Game Company announced that H1Z1 will be coming to the PS4 and the Xbox One, simultaneously (if not slightly different to the current offering on PC).
As it goes, it was actually a year ago that the developers / publishers broke from Sony. See, Daybreak was once known as Sony Online Entertainment, but it was Sony’s decision to sell off the company. With that sale, they also (apparently) lost the opportunity to keep H1Z1 as a PS4 console exclusive. This is great news for me, because I’ve been excited about the opportunity to play this game since it was first teased. I’ll be getting my chance to play H1Z1 later this year, sometime in the summer, though it won’t be quite the same as it currently is on the PC.
Daybreak have proposed splitting the game into two. They’ve noticed that they have two specific fan bases, one group who like the art of surviving the zombie apocalypse, and one group who like to battle it out in their PvP modes. So, to that end, they’ve decided to split the full game into two distinct games – one focusing purely on survival, and one focusing on PvP. It’s this PvP version of H1Z1 that will be hitting the shelves on both the PS4 and the Xbox One this summer, with the survival version of the game coming to consoles later on. Personally, I’d rather have the survival version first – but I’m just glad that us Xbox One gamers are being given the chance to play such a popular game, so I’m not complaining!
I doubt that Sony will be effected too heavily by the loss of H1Z1 as a console exclusive. However, as it’s currently looking like ‘Class 4’, Xbox’s zombie based exclusive, is still far from completion, having H1Z1 as a PS4 exclusive could have been a big bonus for them. It’s great news for us Xbox zombie fans, though, and I’m pretty glad that this game is going to be multi-platform!
What do you think of the change? Let me know in the comment below!