Brian Mundt covers E-Sports for ESPN Cleveland
H1Z1 has been re-worked from the ground-up to accommodate the console experience. Among the changes, matches have been accelerated (and now last roughly 15 minutes), crafting has been removed entirely, and a radial weapon wheel has been added to streamline the inventory system. Smaller changes include increased bullet velocity, double the number vehicle spawns, new weapons (including the brand new MK46), and more.
The PS4 Pro version of the game is targeting 60fps while the standard PS4 is targeting “at least 45 frames per second,” according to Tony Morton, Lead Systems and Combat Engineer.
“H1Z1 on PS4 is true battle royale mayhem. We have reimagined the game for PlayStation 4 and have designed it to accentuate the essentials of battle royale that make the genre so exciting to watch and play,” said H1Z1 Producer Terrence Yee. “We have added key gameplay differentiators to keep the game frantic and fun -- an action shooter’s dream of fast-paced battle royale.”
The game will be free-to-play when it launches in open beta on May 22, but players looking for some unique cosmetic items and a dynamic PS4 theme can pre-order a special H1Z1 bundle right now for $29.99. PlayStation Plus users will receive a 20% discount.
H1Z1 left Steam Early Access in February, and just kicked off the first season of H1Z1 Pro League on April 21.