Daybreak Game Company has announced that H1z1: King of the Kill has been delayed for consoles, but will get a full-fledged release on PC September 20.
“We were just as excited as our players with the idea of King of the Kill on their PS4 or Xbox One. As we started to execute against that plan, it became apparent that the schedule was just too risky,” Daybreak Game Company said in a producer ‘s letter. “We were spread too thin trying to fix areas of the game while simultaneously getting the game to work on the console hardware. It became clear that to best line up the game for success was to reduce the number of variables in the equation.
“As a result, I have decided to pause our efforts on the console versions and put 100% of the focus on to the PC version of the game for right now. It was definitely a tough decision, but I think it was the right one to make. We have been able to make essential updates to the gunplay, combat, and vehicles, get the new map in a state to go live, and add lots of polish to the core areas of the game.”
H1Z1: King of the Kill will finally leave early access on PC after launching in February. The official release comes with new features such as scoring. Scoring is available in the solo experience where each match track your finishing positions and number of kills. The system was designed to be a “real measure of success,” rather than relying on an overall number of kills, said the developer.
Scoring will also feed into the implementation of leaderboards. Leaderboards cycle thorough seasons, over a predetermined period of time, where players try to climb to the top before the season resets.