Developer Daybreak has announced that H1Z1, the game that created the Battle Royale phenomenon,and inspired both PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Fortnite and countless imitators, has finally left Early Access after two years and hit version 1.0.
Furthermore, to celebrate Daybreak have introduced a new completely free car-based battle royale mode called Auto Royale. Details are below.
Auto Royale features up to 30 teams of four players playing Battle Royale entirely in cars. There's further information in Daybreak's new video here. H1Z1 General Manager Anthony Castoro says about it, "Auto Royale doesn’t rinse and repeat what is currently available on the market, it turns the genre on its head with a fresh approach - arcadey, vehicle-only battle royale unlike anything anyone has experienced before."
Here are the notes on the new mode:
The game also has received a huge patch with a load of other new features including a revamped Airdrop system, a minimap, and a new scoring system "designed to reward consistency and aggression". You can read the full update notes here
H1Z1 was first to the market with the Battle Royale design of parachuting into a map, scavenging for weapons, and surviving against other players in a continually shrinking map. It actually had design input from PlayerUnknown himself Brendan Greene. H1Z1 is considered faster and more arcade-like, and has the ability to craft items - sounds a lot like Fortnite now doesn't it?
H1Z1 version 1.0 is on Steam now priced reasonably at £14.99/$19.99.