I’m not quite sure how we missed Dead Frontier 2, but there it is on Steam, happily calling itself an MMO and an MMORPG in an age when that seldom happens unless the studio has no other choice. Released to Steam’s early access program last week, the game is essential a survival MMO with a zombie theme – and I know you’re tempted to roll your eyes, but how many survival MMOs with zombie themes actually survived? Not many. This one includes PvP, character building, and a “realistic player-driven economy” rather than battle royale modes. Wild. Studio Creaky Corpse also promises an “ethical free-to-play” business model with no pay-to-win elements. Future builds of the game are expected to include outpost construction and attacks, world boss events, crafting, PvP modes – ah yeah, there’s where battle royale will sneak in – guilds, and new gear. Since it’s free-to-play, there’s not much harm in checking it out, … [Read more...] about Zombie MMO Dead Frontier 2 is in early access to scratch the H1Z1 Just Survive itch
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On August 24, 2018 Daybreak Games announced that Just Survive, the survival based spinoff of H1Z1, will be shutting down on October 24. That leaves only the more popular Battle Royale mode to carry on the H1Z1 name on PC and consoles. Daybreak Games cites the games dwindling population as the primary reason for the closure. The rise and fall of the survival genre serves as a stark reminder of how quickly trends can change in the gaming industry. Popular titles like DayZ and H1Z1 (back before the Battle Royale spinoff) were seen as a hot new genre only a few years ago. Even Fortnite, now the undisputed leader of the Battle Royale genre, was initially inspired by the survival genre. The sandbox nature of Just Survive allowed for a far more creative gameplay experience than the more condensed Battle Royale format that quickly evolved out of it. Several games in the genre continue to thrive, including Rust and Ark Survival Evolved. While the Just Survive servers will remain open until … [Read more...] about Just Survive, H1Z1’s Original Survival Mode Is Shutting Down
I’m sorry to report some Daybreak news tonight that sadly won’t come as a shock to most gamers: The studio is sunsetting Just Survive. “After careful consideration, we’ve made the difficult decision to sunset Just Survive on Wednesday, October 24 at 11 a.m. PT,” Daybreak writes. “The excitement of the game’s promise was palpable and its loyal community is still full of ideas for its future. Unfortunately, we are no longer in a position to fulfill its greatness and the current population of the game makes it untenable to maintain.” Steam purchases and cash shop sales have been disabled as of today. Apparently, some folks may be eligible for a refund on Steam, so definitely check that out. MMORPG players will recall that Just Survive was originally the zombie survival game known as H1Z1, but during early access it was quickly eclipsed by its now more famous battle royale mode, eventually leading to multiple name changes and a game split … [Read more...] about Daybreak is sunsetting Just Survive in October, and it never even really launched
Polygon has a report out this afternoon sourcing data aggregator GitHyp, both of which are casting doubt on H1Z1’s future viability as a game and as a professional e-sport. Daybreak-watchers will recall that last autumn, the MMO company dropped the King of the Kill branding from H1Z1 and the H1Z1 branding from Just Survive, splitting the two games up amidst a push for a China launch and a new pro league. In October 2017, we were already eyeing H1Z1’s falling playerbase numbers in comparison to PlayerUnknown’s Battleground’s meteoric rise – even at the time, H1Z1’s peak concurrency had fallen a full third since August. That trend has unfortunately continued, according to GitHyp, which now says the game has lost 91% of its players since its July peak. Steam Charts suggests the drop-off is almost that bad too. “During its best months, H1Z1: King of the Kill was holding strong as the #3 most played game on Steam with an all-time peak of … [Read more...] about Daybreak’s zombie battle royale game H1Z1 has lost 90% of its playerbase since July
One of my goals for 2018 was to reach a milestone of having played (over) 50% of the games in my Steam backlog. This month, I’ve been nudging closer by prompting myself to try a new Steam game each week. Last night, for the first time in years, the calculator reported that I’ve played 50% of the Steam games in my library! Given that this number is 245 games, this is no little thing! My other goal this year was to not buy a new game if I wasn’t interested in playing it almost immediately. I’ve pretty much stuck to this. This week, for example, I obtained my Project: Gorgon Steam key from the Kickstarter, so I made sure to install the game and poke around in it a little bit last night. Once I have more time to sit down with it, I’ll be sure to post about my new experiences in P:G. Aside from this, I finished Back to the Future: Episode 3 last week. I had an itch to try a city builder this week (mostly because I’m interested in Surviving … [Read more...] about Steam Challenge: 50% Milestone Goal Met!