NantG has announced that the PC version of H1Z1–formally known as H1Z1: King of the Kill and H1Z1 before that–has been renamed Z1 Battle Royale. Also now called Z1BR for short, the title has received a patch that updates almost every aspect of the free-to-play battle royale game. The PS4 version of the game (still owned by its original developer Daybreak Games–which itself used to be called Sony Online Entertainment) will retain its H1Z1 moniker. Confused by all the name changing yet? No? Excellent.
“[The PC update for Z1BR is] also huge because it represents the first big delivery on the promise that the new NantG team made when it took over development last September: Bring back the game that so many of you fell in love with in the classic ‘King of the Kill’ era around Preseason 3 at the end of 2016 and in early 2017,” NantG general manager Anthony Castoro said in a blog post. “We still plan to address old weapon models, classic in-game UI elements, and more,” he continued.
The new patch updates movement and stance animations, as well as combat and gun mechanics. In terms of animations, updates have been made to running, jumping, crouching, weapon swapping and reloading, and both active and passive stances. The speed of running and strafing, as well as the height of your jump, has also been changed. We’ve listed the combat and gun mechanic changes below.
Z1 Battle Royale Weapon Changes
- AR-15 restored PS3 recoil and bullet speed.
- AK-47 restored PS3 recoil and bullet speed.
- Shotgun restored PS3 recoil and bullet speed.
- M1911 restored PS3 recoil, fire rate, and bullet speed.
- Sniper Rifle restored PS3 recoil, sway, and bullet speed.
- Removed the Hellfire SMG and reintroduced the M1911A1.
- Melee Weapons had a QoL clean up to responsiveness.
- ADS snap speed when strafing/jumping.
Tweaks have also been made to the environment and vehicles. A new Ranked Pro playlist has been made available in Solos mode too, and the patch implements a series of bug fixes. There’s quite a bit, all of which is outlined in the full patch notes on Z1BR’s Steam page.
Z1 Battle Royale is available on PC.