H1Z1 goes free-to-play

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Battle Royale game H1Z1 has gone free-to-play.

As of March 8 – and as announced on the H1Z1 website – the PC game moved from a paid-for model to a free-to-play one. H1Z1 general manager Anthony Castoro said: “We are very excited to announce that H1Z1 will be free to play starting today. Not only does this decision allow us to share our version of Battle Royale and Auto Royale with even more players, but it signifies the next step in making H1Z1 a must-watch e-sport.” 

In the announcement, developer Daybreak Game Company said: “Purchase H1Z1 recently? Refunds will be provided by Steam in accordance with its refund policy”. It also pointed those seeking refunds to Steam’s customer support. Green Man Gaming will also provide refunds to customers who purchased H1Z1 from it – for more information, click here

As a means of sugaring the pill for those who purchased H1Z1 before it went free-to-play, they will be eligible for a free “H1Z1 Appreciation Pack”, containing the following items: Gasrunner Hoodie, Bloom Survivor T-Shirt, Splinter Camo ARV, 10 Victory Crates and 10,000 Skulls.” 

Daybreak was also keen to raise awareness of the inaugural H1Z1 Pro League, which is scheduled to kick off on 21 April in Las Vegas.

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Steve Boxer has been writing about videogames since the early 1990s. His first console was an Atari VCS, and he misspent most of his youth in the 1980s in the arcades. As well as for Green Man Gaming, he can be found writing for The Guardian, Empire, TechRadar and Pocket-Lint. He’s currently having trouble deciding whether his favourite console is his Xbox One X or his Switch, and plays a wide range of games, but especially RPGs (he loves a good JRPG) action-adventure titles, shooters of all descriptions and driving games. Follow him here.