H1Z1 developer 'open to exploring' Xbox One battle royale release
While H1Z1 is soon making its PlayStation 4 debut, an Xbox One release hasn't been ruled out.
With the battle royale genre thriving, Daybreak Game Company is looking to expand its last-man-standing shooter, H1Z1, to new platforms. After leaving PC early access this year, H1Z1 is set to hit PlayStation 4 (PS4) with a new loot progression system, controls, and tailored user interface. And although today's announcement focuses on Sony's flagship console, an Xbox One release hasn't been ruled out entirely.
H1Z1 saw its PS4 and Xbox One unveiling two years ago, under its "King of the Kill" battle royale game mode. After several changes in vision and shifting the game's focus, these versions were put on hold, focusing on a free-to-play PC release. The game is now finally set to see its console debut – but with no mention of Xbox One this time around.
Leading up to the H1Z1 Pro League in Las Vegas, we had the opportunity to talk Lead Systems Designer at Daybreak, Anthony Morton, regarding the game's future. Speaking to Windows Central, Morton expanded on current plans, affirming the studio is "open to exploring" other platforms.
Prior to Daybreak Game Company, the studio was formerly named Sony Online Entertainment – an internal Sony game development studio known for its work on EverQuest and PlanetSide. While eventually spun off independently, Morton cited the team's experience with PlayStation as a reason for launching first on the console.
While the Xbox One version has seemingly been put aside, Daybreak appears open to platforms beyond PC and PS4 in the future. With PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite dominating the battle royale space on Microsoft's console, H1Z1 could have potential on PS4 without fierce competition from the duo.
For those on PC, H1Z1 is currently available for free via Steam. The game's PS4 release is slated for May 22 via an open beta, before an official launch expected at a later date.
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Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.
Shooters are better on Xbox, if this was a single player story driven title then the decision makes sense.. But oh well, good luck..