H1Z1, the open-world multiplayer zombie survival game is splitting in half. Daybreak Game Company has announced that beginning on February 17th, H1Z1 will become two separate games. H1Z1: Just Survive will retain the persistent zombie survival and crafting experience, while H1Z1: King of the Hill will focus on the player vs. player battle royale mode. Each game will be sold for $19.99 and will contain the usual assortment of in-game microtransaction offers. According to Daybreak, the split will allow the developers to give each title dedicated resources.
Gamers that own H1Z1 before February 16th will get both new games for free, and their current in-game purchases will be duplicated and carry over to each title where appropriate. Survival-specific items will only be valid in H1Z1: Just Survive.
The original plan for H1Z1 was that it would eventually become a free-to-play game. The purchase price was supposed to be only for the early access period to fund development. Daybreak has confirmed that both H1Z1: Just Survive and H1Z1: King of the Hill will retain their $19.99 price even after they leave early access.