In context: Many gamers, including myself, were excited to hear that the hardcore survival game H1Z1 was finally coming to consoles. However, excitement ebbed after finding out that the console version would only be a battle-royale variant of the open-world shooter. The prospect of being dropped off with nothing but your wits in a world full of zombies was squashed by the BR craze.
Developer Daybreak Game Company appears to be doubling down on the battle-royale fad as it announced today that it would be shutting down H1Z1: Just Survive servers in October.
“After careful consideration, we’ve made the difficult decision to sunset Just Survive on Wednesday, October 24 at 11am PT,” the company said in a statement on its website. “Unfortunately, we are no longer in a position to fulfill its greatness and the current population of the game makes it untenable to maintain.”
This decision is unfortunate but understandable considering that the game’s recent concurrent player counts hover at around 1,000.
The game has already been pulled from Steam so no new players will be coming into the fold. Current players can still enjoy the Just Survive until Daybreak pulls the plug. H1Z1: King of the Kill (which will now be called H1Z1 Battle Royale) will continue unaffected.
Unlike competing MMO survival horror game Day-Z, H1Z1 players tend to cooperate with each other more than trying to screw each other over. Although there is nothing that intrinsically keeps players from looting each other, players just tend to be less ruthless.
On release, the game suffered from various ailments including frame rate issues, no voice chat, and weak AI. Despite these handicaps that game still sold more than one million units within two months according to GameSpot. It went free-to-play shortly after it left Steam Early Access, but by this time King of the Kill was almost ready for a launch on multiple platforms.