H1Z1: Just Survive servers to shutdown this October

Cal Jeffrey

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Developer Daybreak Game Company appears to be doubling down on the battle-royale fad as it announced today that it would be shutting down H1Z1: Just Survive servers in October.

“After careful consideration, we’ve made the difficult decision to sunset Just Survive on Wednesday, October 24 at 11am PT,” the company said in a statement on its website. “Unfortunately, we are no longer in a position to fulfill its greatness and the current population of the game makes it untenable to maintain.”

This decision is unfortunate but understandable considering that the game’s recent concurrent player counts hover at around 1,000.

The game has already been pulled from Steam so no new players will be coming into the fold. Current players can still enjoy the Just Survive until Daybreak pulls the plug. H1Z1: King of the Kill (which will now be called H1Z1 Battle Royale) will continue unaffected.

Unlike competing MMO survival horror game Day-Z, H1Z1 players tend to cooperate with each other more than trying to screw each other over.

"The H1Z1 players I met were almost universally helpful and decent. There was the guy who stole my car full of gear, only to come back when I shouted at him, apologize, and give it back," said Rock, Paper, Shotgun's Rob Zacny in his early review of Just Survive. "Another player kept trying to run me down with his car until I somewhat pathetically said, ‘Hey c’mon man, it took me forever to get here.’ Then he hopped out and started giving me pointers."

However, since there is nothing intrinsically motivating players to cooperate, Rob's experience may have been atypical.

On release to Steam Early Access, the game suffered from various ailments including frame rate issues, no voice chat, and weak AI. Despite these handicaps that game still sold more than one million units within two months according to GameSpot. It hadn't reached a launch-ready state by the time Daybreak added the battle royale mode.

Once King of the Kill was added players flocked to the mode and the decision was made to make them two separate games. Of course this created an imbalance in focus and the BR version not only made it out of Early Access, but was ported to the PS4 as well, leaving Just Survive to languish in it's Early Access state.

Now H1Z1 Battle Royale is free to play on PC and PlayStation. There is an Xbox version in the works, but as yet it has no release date set.

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ghostf1re

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I honestly didn't even know this game was still around. I don't even know anyone who's ever played it. Also this whole Battle Royale fad is just getting so old.
 

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I honestly didn't even know this game was still around. I don't even know anyone who's ever played it. Also this whole Battle Royale fad is just getting so old.
To be fair H1Z1 BR mode predates Fortnite and PUBG, but they didnt have a focus in early development and got smoked by the competition.
 
Btw, @Cal Jeffrey, Just Survive never left early access, it never released. The Battle Royale spin off is what was officially released. And where are you getting this info about in game players being friendly and cooperative? This is, by far, one of the most toxic communities I've ever witnessed in an online game. Just check it's official subreddit and you'll see page after page of people arguing. In game it was much much worse.
 
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ShagnWagn

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So what about all the people who bought this game they are pulling the servers on? Are they getting their money back now or is the company allowing paying customers to host their own servers?
 

Cal Jeffrey

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Btw, @Cal Jeffrey, Just Survive never left early access, it never released. The Battle Royale spin off is what was officially released. And where are you getting this info about in game players being friendly and cooperative? This is, by far, one of the most toxic communities I've ever witnessed in an online game. Just check it's official subreddit and you'll see page after page of people arguing. In game it was much much worse.
You are right. The article I was reading was talking about both versions and the author was not using clear enough language on that particular part and I misunderstood what he was saying. Made the correction.

As far as the cooperative part: That was based on a Rock, Paper, Scissors review. I added a quote for clarity. I have not personally played the game since I switched to Mac quite a few years ago.

Thanks for bringing those issues to my attention.
 
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So what about all the people who bought this game they are pulling the servers on? Are they getting their money back now or is the company allowing paying customers to host their own servers?
Sadly I don't think so. Daybreak Games, otherwise known as the former SOE, has never released the software or data required to do so with any of the other titles it has shut down in the past. Many in the community are asking for it. But since the game runs on a proprietary engine, it's very doubtful they ever will share that information. I hope they do though.