If you’re gamer there’s no way you haven’t seen or heard of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) and Fortnite, two games that helped solidify the “battle royale” archetype of action-shooter to the mainstream over the last year or less. Before these games took over streaming services however, there was another that helped kickstart this industry-changing shift, a game that has its DNA infused into PUBG in particular.

We’re of course talking about H1Z1, a game with a fascinating history, and one that now sits with an uncertain future.

H1Z1 began as a Sony Online Entertainment clone of the at-the-time popular DayZ – a game that itself began as a mod for ARMA 2 but that found itself as a real standalone title before it was abandoned by its player base and never really finished. H1Z1 was a similar survival-based zombie game, launched in early access three years ago at the beginning of ...

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