Free-to-play battle royale game H1Z1 has already been downloaded 1.5 million times since it launched on PS4, Daybreak has announced. The game also had 200,000 concurrent players at one point yesterday.
[PS4 Open Beta] We are currently getting more hardware spun up to support the 200,000+ concurrent players online – THANK YOU for the overwhelming support for #H1Z1 on #PS4! pic.twitter.com/Jc1nUMywx1
Currently in its Open Beta stage, H1Z1 is the console version of the battle royale game that arguably started it all. It’s been updated to suit playing on a controller, with updates including a faster pace, different controls, a simpler UI, and new weapons.
H1Z1 Producer Terrence Yee on the landmark:
“This is an incredible milestone and we want to thank all of our player who helped make this possible. We believe we’ve found the right balance for battle royale on console and players have responded positively to our reimagining of H1Z1. We will continue to refine the game based on feedback from Open Beta to ensure the best experience possible for our actively growing community.”
While the game’s launch success is impressive, its servers are really struggling with demand. After being out of action for long periods yesterday, the servers are again unavailable due to a power outage at this time of writing. Despite that, I found it to be a technically far more polished version of a console battle royale game than PUBG on Xbox One.
I have reached out for a comment to Daybreak about the hottest H1Z1 question of them all: who is the red guy running in the game’s loading screen?