H1Z1 to bring free-to-play battle royales to PS4

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Today, Daybreak Games announced via press release new information regarding a console port of H1Z1.

The control scheme for H1Z1 on PS4 has been tailor-made to keep players focused on the action.

Additionally, the UI has been streamlined for the PS4 in order to make it more accessible to play with controllers.

H1Z1 now features a grab-and-go equipment system, simplifying loot collection and inventory management; a familiar radial weapon menu so players can quickly switch between guns and grenades; and a revamped HUD that delivers vital information at-a-glance. Seeing as H1Z1 is only now finally being adapted to the PS4, it may take some time before the game is officially released in its completed state. Matches will now only last as long as 15 minutes, as the gas will move faster to increase the speed of the game and allow for more intense matches. Players will only have access to six level one weapons upon dropping, and must peruse airdrops for better loot. "Airdrops serve as the primary way to secure higher powered armor, which have been retooled to provide players with a health bonus".

Anyone interested in taking part in the upcoming beta tests for H1Z1 on PlayStation 4 can sign up now on the game's official website. PlayStation Plus subscribers will receive 20% off their preorder purchase. No word yet on a Xbox One release, though. But with the full version of the game now on PC, Daybreak Games is looking over to the PlayStation 4 for the battle royale game's next destination.

To kick things off, H1Z1 will host an open beta on PS4 starting May 22.

Described by its creators as "the original Battle Royale experience", H1Z1 will join juggernauts such as Fortnite and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on console.

It all sounds great in theory and just might be what Daybreak Games needs to return to their once pride and glory, but it seems only PS4 players will get the chance to play this new version of the formerly dominant battle royale game.

H1Z1 on PS4 is designed specifically for the console and focuses exclusively on the core elements that make battle royale exciting.