In a press release, Daybreak Games has announced that the H1Z1 PS4 beta release date is set for May 22! What’s more, the full game will be free-to-play. According to Daybreak Games, the PS4 version of the original battle royale game has been designed specifically for the console, and will have a new weapons, weapons progression system and more.
Regarding the controls and how it translates from PC to PS4, Daybreak has mentioned that the studio has “re-imagined” the game for the PS4, and have designed it to keep the focus on the action.
“The control scheme for H1Z1 on PS4 has been tailor-made to keep players focused on the action. H1Z1 now features a grab-and-go equipment system, simplifying loot collection and inventory management; a familiar radial weapon menu so players can quickly switch between guns and grenades; and a revamped HUD that delivers vital information at-a-glance. The crafting system has also been removed from the game.”
Playing hand-in-hand with the new controls will be the new progression mechanics, and even gas pacing has been tweaked to speed up matches, and the airdrop system revamped to keep players more invested in fights.
“With the new weapon progression mechanics, players only have access to loot six level-one weapons at the start of the match and must strategically decide which airdrops to pursue if they want better level weapons and gear. Mass airdrops are released throughout the map, through which players may pick up familiar weapons like the AK and AR, as well as the new KH43, Marauder, Combat Shotgun, CNQ-09, Scout Rifle and MK46. Airdrops serve as the primary way to secure higher powered armor, which have been retooled to provide players with a health bonus.”
“While airdrops will be the primary method to secure leveled-up gear, special crates that contain level 2 and level 3 weapons and gear have been hidden throughout the map. Players with a more passive strategy may diligently search the world for these rare crates, which emit a low radio chatter and signal beacon when they are in proximity.”
H1Z1 on the PS4 will run at 60 frames-per-second on the PS4 Pro. While the open beta has been dated for May 22, a closed beta weekend will also start this month, and interested players can sign up here for a chance to take part in the mayhem.
Lastly, starting today and running until May 22, 2018, players can pre-order a special H1Z1 bundle for $29.99 for unique in-game cosmetic items that will be granted at the start of the open beta. This bundle will also include a dynamic theme which will be available the moment you purchase it. If you’re a PS Plus member, the bundle will cost 20 percent less.