H1Z1 is splitting into two games!
A huge announcement from the developers of H1Z1 will change the game forever...and in a good way. The game will be splitting into two different games -- survival and PvP -- on February 17th. These new games will be known as H1Z1: Just Survive and H1Z1: King of the Kill, respectively.
If you already have the game, don't panic! You will have access to both versions of the game after they split, and they will show up in your Steam library when the split happens. Any airdrop tickets will be put on your survival account, while any battle royale tickets will be put on your PvP account. Your items on the Steam market, skins, and crates will be duplicated and split between both accounts. That means if you have 2 crates in your game now, you will have 2 crates on your survival account, as well as 2 crates on your PvP account.
If you don't have the game and you get it before February 16th, you will still get both games when the split happens. If not, you will need to buy both versions separately in the future.
Both games will still be in Early Access when the split happens. There is no news on when H1Z1: Just Survive will leave Early Access, but H1Z1: King of the Kill will phase out sometime during summer and to launch fully on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
As far as the game becoming free-to-play, like players originally thought when it first became Early Access - the chances of that still happening are fairly unlikely. In the Q&A section of the announcement, the developers stated:
At this time, we do not have any plans to make either H1Z1: Just Survive or H1Z1: King of the Kill Free-to-Play titles.
If you were waiting to get it when it came out as free-to-play, sorry -- it looks like plans have changed.
The development team will be splitting into two groups. One group will focus on the survival game, and the other on the PvP game. There will be different dev blogs for each game. There will also be separate live streams and social accounts to help ensure players who prefer one or the other will be able to keep track of the developments of that particular game.
How do you feel about the split? Do you think it will make the game better or worse? Let us know in the comments.