H1Z1: Just Survive undergoes name change as part of major update

H1Z1: Just Survive undergoes name change as part of major update

One half of Daybreak Game Company’s Early Access project H1Z1 has ditched that branding as part of a major update.

H1Z1: Just Survive will now be known as Just Survive, with the development studio saying this represents a ‘more mature and polished game’.

In addition, Daybreak is adding a new map, as well as a new narrative, something the firm says lays the foundation for future updates.

H1Z1 started out a Sony Online Entertainment project before the firm was sold to Columbus Nova, which renamed it Daybreak Game Company.

The original H1Z1 launched into Early Access in January 2015, before Daybreak split the game into two separate projects. One, Just Survive, focused on – you guessed it – survival, while King of the Kill was a battle royale title. That title was in part made by Brendan Greene, who went on to create Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds.

“Our new logo and key art highlight all the aspects of the game that players know and love—from base building and defending, to looting and exploring, and also reflects how Just Survive is developing into a more mature and polished game,” creative director Ben Jones said.

“Just Survive is about more than just killing zombies, it’s about the player’s survival journey. Re-establishing society isn’t an easy task, and this update introduces a variety of features, like Strongholds, that encourage players to band together through the dangers and tension of post-apocalyptic life while striving to reclaim their world from the zombie hordes.”

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