H1Z1 Has Another Identity Crises, Now Called Z1 Battle Royale

H1Z1 - Z1 Battle Royale

H1Z1 has seen its fair share of changes over the years, especially when it comes to finding its identity. After the likes of Fortnite and PUBG arrived on the scene, the title has seemed to struggle to regain its footing in the battle royale scene, but the latest rebranding should certainly aid in those efforts.

Now called Z1 Battle Royale, the game has seen what seems to be a complete overhaul, as the name change isn’t the only difference. Outlined on the Steam Community page, the title has a fresh set of patch notes that detail all of the changes made to the newly named experience. “Today’s patch is huge, not just because it contains tons of content, or that it’s the start of the first new Season since early November, or even that the game now has a new name,” general manager Anthony Castoro said.

“It’s also huge because it represents the first big delivery on the promise that the new NantG team made when it took over development last September: Bring back the game that so many of you fell in love with in the classic “King of the Kill” era around Preseason 3 at the end of 2016 and in early 2017.”

While there are a bounty of differences implemented into what was once H1Z1, the one that sticks out is the name change. Here’s what the team had to say about the new Z1 Battle Royale name:

“The first thing you see when you launch a game is the loading screens and the front end user interface. It is a massive point of nostalgia for players and we knew we had to get it in for this patch. Upon loading up after updating you will find a very new yet very familiar interface awaiting you. Our UI Programmer recreated the front end UI, menu system, kill feed, and players remain sections of the interface while giving it a bit of an update to accommodate new game systems that you will find out more about further down in the patch notes.

“Another change you will notice is that the rebrand has occurred, and going forward the game has been renamed to Z1 Battle Royale on all platforms. Twitch, Steam, Twitter, and in game.

“Along with the rebrand we have brought our new website and forums online. We will be using the forums as a place for players to hangout, discuss the game, conduct polls, and collect feedback from the community as a whole on the current state of the game, future updates, and test server patches.”

And just like that, H1Z1 is no more. Z1 Battle Royale aims to jump back into the spotlight with the rebranding as well as all of the other changes, which you can find right here. Keep it tuned to Don’t Feed the Gamers as this story develops, and for other gaming goodness going on right now, check out the following:

What say you, gamers? Are you hoping to see the ex-H1Z1 title find its way back into players’ hearts? Do you believe it’s difficult to achieve such a thing with the likes of Apex Legends hanging around? Sound off in the comments section below, and be sure to follow DFTG on Twitter for live gaming and entertainment news 24/7!


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