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Free-to-play battle royale shooter H1Z1 enters open beta on PS4 next month

Fight over airdrops and keep ahead of a killer gas designed to keep matches to a nail-biting 15 minutes on 22nd May

Hey everyone! I’m Terrence Yee, a producer on H1Z1, and I’m very excited to share some big news with you today: H1Z1 is coming to the PlayStation 4 as a free-to-play game next month!

This is the battle royale game for fans of action console shooters. Battle royale should be about the adrenaline rush you get from being one of the last few remaining, so we’ve drilled down to that core gameplay experience to keep players engaged in all the action. This means more guns, more vehicles, more weapons, a streamlined UI, familiar console controls and faster matches—it’s pure battle royale.

Plus, we’ve added a new take on in-match power progression that forces players to make strategic decisions if they want to win.

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Now, players will have to engage with airdrops – which drop in masses and frequently — if they want access to better weapons and gear. This includes six new guns – the KH43, Marauder, MK46, Combat Shotgun, CNQ-09 and Scout Rifle.

The gas, which is dynamically based of the population, also moves faster to speed up the pace of the game, ensuring that matches don’t last more than 15 nail-biting minutes.

The battle royale craze has taken over the world and it has been amazing to be part of the genre from the beginning. We can’t wait to hear about your pure battle royale experience on the PS4.

If you want to jump into the action early to help test H1Z1 on the PS4, sign up for the closed beta here.

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We hope to see you all on 22nd May, with the start of open beta. Until then, be sure to follow H1Z1 on social to stay up to date on all the news. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Twitch.

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Battle Royale? Wasn’t this supposed to be a survival game with zombies?

jamie-sixtyfour 24 April, 2018 @ 16:15
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Zombies aren’t in fashion any more. Side point: they were battle royale before a lot of others.

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It split up into 2 games about a year or so ago. H1Z1 Battle Royal and Just Survive. Just Survive is the one with zombies. No mention of this coming to PS4 yet.

jamie-sixtyfour 24 April, 2018 @ 16:17 Edited
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I’ll be giving this a try. I like the battle royale genre but Fortnite’s building is getting me down.

And it’s not for a want of trying, I’ve completed the current season battle pass, lvl100 challenges and weekly challenges. Won numerous games but end of the day I’d like a little less building in my BR games.

Hopefully we can get a real alternative on PS4.

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I enjoy Fortnite and PUBG. This I still play on PC and it’s still pretty good. Sure it does not feel as realistic as PUBG. But it’s slightly more fast paced than PUBG. PUBG is a paid for game and still no PS4 release. This is free to play so it’s well worth a try and am sure you will enjoy it since it has no building in it like Fortnite.

I enjoy it as it has a first person view option.

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Support for mouse/keyboard?

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I’ll definitely be giving this game a go when it’s out

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Can’t be any worse than that Fortnite ****

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