H1Z1 is a fast-paced, highly competitive, battle royale shooter. Parachute in and search for weapons, ammo, vehicles and supplies to stay alive. MAKE EVERY BODY COUNT.
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Release Date:
Feb 17, 2016

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“H1Z1 has always been developed under the principle of creating a game side-by-side with our players, and we’ve used Early Access as an opportunity to grow our relationship with our community. We will continue to use player feedback to plot the course for King of the Kill and to make it as good as we all know it can be.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We want to be sure everything is working as intended with our players, prior to an official launch. When we launch out of Early Access, H1Z1 will achieve the quality targets we are putting in front of us -- a game that is competitive, enjoyable, fair, and as fun to watch as it is to play. Once these targets are met, we will launch out of Early Access.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Throughout Early Access, we have made essential updates to the game including improvements to combat and vehicles, general game polish, a new map, new UI, new scoring system, Twitch Integration, and more. The full version of H1Z1 will be a high-quality, highly-polished game; one that is well balanced, predictable, fair, and as fun to watch as it is to play.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Millions of players have already jumped into H1Z1 and competed in large-scale, chaotic PvP spectacles of skill and wit. Millions have watched casual and competitive tournament games live-streamed. Players can expect to fight against each other in solo- or team-based matches or in rule-based Skirmishes. We are continuing to improve the game with updates, anti-cheat tech, and new features regularly as we work our way toward an official launch out of Early Access.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“H1Z1 is expected to see a price increase at launch. We’ve added – and will continue to add -- a lot of features and polish to the game over the course of Early Access to create a high-quality, competitive experience -- one that is enjoyable to watch and play. Development is never truly done, and players can expect continued game updates and bug fixes post-launch to further enhance and refine the gameplay experience.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Player feedback plays a major role in the development process of H1Z1. Our players challenge us as developers to be that much better at delivering great game experiences, and we invite and encourage them to join the conversation on Twitter, Reddit, and the Steam forums.”
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January 17

Dev Blog: Weapon Tuning, Horizontal Recoil & More

What is up everyone! Today’s update touches all the guns in the game. We’ve brought back one of the most iconic game mechanics, fine-tuned the accuracy of the guns, and adjusted bullet drop and speed. There’s a lot to this update, but before we get into the details, we’d like to acknowledge and thank everyone from the Test Server and Focus Group who provided feedback to help us bring the best version of this update to life.

One of the most notable additions from today’s update is horizontal recoil on the AR-15. As one of H1Z1’s most iconic game mechanics, it should feel quite familiar to those who have been around a while. Horizontal recoil keeps the firing pattern kicking left and right when you stay within the reset time. If you start to shoot wildly it will add additional vertical recoil. We’re excited to give newer players the ability to experience one of the mechanics that made H1Z1 a truly unique Battle Royale experience.

H1Z1 is a competitive game and so we’ve gone back to our roots with this update and re-introduced some of the harder-to-master mechanics.

First, we’ve slowed down projectiles and added more drop. This requires players to aim higher and lead further to compensate for movement. While testing this update, we closely monitored speed to determine how slow we could go while still maintaining a responsive feel. We’re confident where we landed and all the details of the change are bulleted down below.

Second, we wanted to reduce the ability to spray with accuracy from medium to long distances. H1Z1 is about precision, not spamming and spraying. With this update we’ve increased mechanics like recoil growth over time in order to make spraying much more difficult. Now, a highly skilled player who takes the time to aim and tap in medium- to long-range fights will almost always win against someone who is spraying.

These are just some of the biggest changes from this update. Here are the specifics of the weapon tuning improvement:

  • Bullet Speed: Decreased to 500m/s down from 800m/s
  • Bullet Drop: Increased from Live
  • Recoil Model: The recoil model for the AR-15 has changed and will now rely on pure horizontal recoil when the player is tapping. If the player begins to spray, vertical recoil will kick in to combat it.
  • Body Damage: Remains at 22.5 damage per shot
  • Head-shot Damage: Added 35 damage pass through on helmet, this will bring a player who was at full health down to 65 if they had a helmet on. This makes the weapon a 4 shot kill instead of a 5 shot.

  • Bullet Speed: Decreased to 500m/s down from 700m/s
  • Bullet Drop: Increased from Live, now it's the same as the AR-15
  • Vertical Recoil: Increased dramatically post-2nd shot
  • Horizontal Recoil: Increased in general
  • Body Damage: Decreased to 23 damage, down from 26 bringing it up to a 5 shot kill from a 4 shot kill.
  • Head-shot Damage: Added 35 damage pass through on helmet, this will bring a player who was at full health down to 65 if they had a helmet on.
  • Rate of Fire: Increased back to original baseline (faster than live, back to Pre-Season 3 rate of fire)
  • Added single shot fire mode to allow consistent tapping
  • Added a HUD element that denotes the difference between fire modes.  Single bullet icon is Semi-auto, five bullets is full auto.
  • The AK defaults to Full Auto mode when first picked up.

  • Pellet spread has been decreased to give a tighter pattern and increased consistency on close range shots
  • Damage fall off has been increased to 25 meters from 10 meters to increase the forgiveness on range.
  • Recoil has been reduced to make combat smoother with the shotgun.
  • Pellet Speed: No change 
  • Pellet Drop: No change
  • Added damage fall off that begins at 25 meters and ends at 50 meters
  • The falloff includes a penalty to the headshot multiplier, taking it from 4x to 2x at maximum falloff range (50m)
  • Bullet Drop: No change 
  • Vertical Recoil: No change 
  • Refire Time: No change 
  • Horizontal Recoil: No change 
  • Head-shot Damage: No change (sans falloff)
  • Clip Size: Increased to 30 from 24
  • Car Damage: increase to 8 per shot (Pre-Season 3 value)
  • Increased the re-fire time to 450ms from 420ms (shoots slightly slower)
  • Bullet Speed: No change 
  • Bullet Drop: Slight reduction
  • Vertical Recoil: Slight increase
  • Horizontal Recoil: No change 
  • Head-shot Damage: No change 
  • Body Damage: No change  
Sniper Rifle
  • Bullet Speed: Reduced to 800m/s down from 1000m/s
  • Bullet Drop: Increased
  • Scope Mechanic Changes: Added the sway and hold breath mechanics back (default is the shift key), the 4x scope has returned, and going to scope is faster
  • Holding breath with the Sniper Rifle now has an appropriate sound effect.
General Hit Reg Improvements
  • Fixed an issue with the projectile simulation system
  • Fixed an issue with the remote player hitboxes

You can also read the complete list of patch notes that include these weapon changes but also a host of bug fixes and other improvements. [LINK]

Future Updates

That’s about it for this update, but here’s a quick look at some features in the works that will be arriving on the Test server soon, including changes to animation, movement, throwables, and more.


We are currently going through the entire animation set to make ours less exaggerated, which will help characters feel more anchored and rooted to the world. This will also allow for better combat flow, creating more satisfying and predictable combat when engaging targets at longer ranges. We will also be removing passive stance, which will make players feel like they are in more control of their character.


We will be slowing things down a bit to help eliminate warping and teleporting. Much like the animation changes mentioned above, the movement changes will really help root combat. Running animations will also be adjusted to match the new movement speeds.


Our goal is to make sure H1Z1 maintains its fast paced feel, but not to an extent that is it exploitable and gets in the way of how satisfying combat. We’ve got a couple different solutions internally that will be testing out and like everything else, you’ll be able to try them for yourselves when we push them to the Test Server.


Throwing a grenade should be a choice in H1Z1, not a default action you do just because you have one. New mechanics will be going to Test quite soon to reinforce this idea, including the addition of outplay mechanics. We’ll also be increasing the skill required to use them by removing their spammability.

Outplay Mechanics:

We’re working on drop shots, jump shots, and seat swapping. Not a ton of details on those at this time, but we wanted to make sure you knew they are still coming.

Again, thank you all so much for assisting with this update and providing the necessary feedback needed to bring H1Z1 back to its roots. We’re excited to continue making this game with you all.

Tony "Carto" Morton – Lead Combat Designer


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January 17

Daily Challenge Adjustments & Skull Boosts

Ever since rolling out the new Daily Challenges system, we’ve seen players across the board respond positively about getting rewards on a more frequent basis for accomplishing in-game actions. However, we also realized that some of the Challenges were imbalanced and needed additional tweaking. Instead of just making small tweaks, we wanted to provide larger positives for the biggest accomplishments in-game. For instance, winning a match is more significant than getting a handful of random kills across multiple matches with the shotgun, so it’s now rewarded in that way. Daily Challenges should be a reflection on the game itself, so the larger milestones deserve more of a reward.

In addition to the above, we also appreciate everyone’s feedback and suggestions for new Challenges since it was launched. We will continue to make additions and adjustments to the Daily Challenge system itself, some of which will be rolling out in the next update:

  • All Medium Challenges are now worth 300 Skulls (200 previously)
  • All Hard Challenges are now worth 500 - 4,000 Skulls, depending on individual difficulty (500 only previously)
  • Adjusted the difficulty of some Hard Challenges that were a bit too hard to complete in a day
  • Added additional Challenges to the overall pool, with more coming in the future

As this system essentially replaced the Bounty system, there are players who have been looking for ways to prove their performance for larger rewards. The above changes are part of that, but we’re also rolling out a new feature today called “Skull Boosts”.

Skull Boosts work similarly to boosts you’ve seen in other games, allowing you to earn additional Skulls on your account through an additional purchase. They come in three varying levels, all with a 7-day time limit attached. Players can choose from a 50%, 100%, or 150% boost to their acquired Skulls within that 7-day period. For those wondering, yes the boosts will stack, for a maximum Skull Boost of 300% in addition to your current Skull reward. You can access them from the main menu in-game, or the Daily Challenges section.

We know you likely have questions, and we’ve provided a bunch of answers in the FAQ below. 


Q: How can I purchase a Skull Boost?

A: Skull Boosts can only be purchased with Crowns, from the in-game menu.

Q: How long does a Skull Boost last?

A: 7 days from the moment of purchase, and the Skull Boost will become immediately active on your account.

Q: Can I purchase multiple Skull Boosts of the same level?

A: No. Only a single Skull Boost at each level can be purchased.

Q: Do Skull Boosts stack if I purchase multiple levels?

A: Yes, Skull Boosts will stack. For example, if you purchase a 50% Boost and a 150% Boost, your total Boost will be 200% as long as both Boosts are active. The maximum stackable Boost currently is 300%.

Q: If I have a 300% Stacked Boost active, how much is that in Skulls for completing a Challenge?

A: Let’s say you complete a Medium Challenge for 300 Skulls. With a 300% Boost active, you will earn the original 300 Skulls, plus 300% more, or 900 additional Skulls. Your total reward, with Skull Boost for this specific challenge, will be 1200 Skulls.

Q: Do Skull Boosts have to be active before I start a Challenge, or can I acquire a Boost when nearing completion?

A: Skull Boosts can be applied at any time throughout the progression of a Challenge, and will apply to the full reward.

Q: Can I see how much time I have left on my Skull Boost while in a match?

A: Unfortunately, you can only see that on the main menu and within the Daily Challenges section.

Q: Will Skull Boosts also apply to Event Challenges?

A: If the reward is in Skulls for the Event Challenge, yes.

Q: Will Skull Boosts allow me to exchange any additional Challenges?

A: No, you still get a single exchange of any Daily Challenge per day.
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About This Game

H1Z1 is a fast-paced, highly competitive, battle royale shooter. Parachute in and search for weapons, ammo, vehicles and supplies to stay alive. As a toxic gas cloud compresses the map, develop your strategy and prepare for the spectacle of mayhem. Go solo or group with a team of two or five to be the last ones standing.


Visit the H1Z1 website https://www.h1z1.com for more info!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (64 bit only)
    • Processor: Intel i5 Quad-Core
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce GTX 280 series or higher
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 20 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    • OS: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (64 bit only)
    • Processor: Intel i5 Quad Core or higher / AMD Phenom II X6 or higher
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce GTX 560 series or higher / AMD HD 6870 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 20 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible Sound Card
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