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

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"The gas, which is dynamically based of the population, also moves faster to speed up the pace of the game, ensuring that matches don't last more than 15 nail-biting minutes", he said.

H1Z1 could be considered somewhat of an underdog in the battle royal communities that have caught the wind of success, but that doesn't mean it's lagging by any means, in fact, innovation and player engagement seems to be the focus.

Calling itself "the original standalone battle royale game", H1Z1 for PS4 features totally reworked UI, a new weapon progression system, and a host of new gear and equipment to use in your quest for glory.

Daybreak was one of the first to the Battle Royale scene when the game launched into Early Access on Steam back in 2015. The HUD has also been simplified and the PS4 version of the game will not feature any type of crafting system.

H1Z1 is coming to the PlayStation 4 in May as a free to play game on the console.

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

'We have added key gameplay differentiators to keep the game frantic and fun - an action shooter's dream of fast-paced Battle Royale'. Vehicle spawns have increased to encourage greater mobility.

Mass airdrops are released throughout the map, through which players may pick up familiar weapons like the AK and AR, as well as the new KH43, Marauder, Combat Shotgun, CNQ-09, Scout Rifle and MK46. The game will run at 60 frames per second on PS4 Pro, too. Before it officially launches on Sony's eighth generation system, gamers will get a chance to play H1Z1 in the form of an open beta, which will commence on Tuesday, May 22. You can sign up for that here. This also grants you a dynamic theme at the time of purchase. PlayStation Plus Members will receive 20% off their preorder purchase.

Be on the lookout for my interview with Lead Systems and Combat Designer, Tony Morton, where I asked him all about the PS4 version, the Fortnite-elephant-in-the-room, and more.