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DayBreak Games announce H1Z1 open beta for PlayStation 4

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DayBreak Games must have had a torrid time seeing PUBG and Fortnite Battle Royale cruise past them in the pecking order, but let's face it - this is not an industry that's particularly forgiving should you choose to rest on your laurels.

So, PlayStation 4 owners will be able to take DayBreak's free-to-play survival title come May 22, when H1Z1 is expected to hit Sony's consoles.

DayBreak Games claim to have completely reimagined the game, with a fully reworked interface, new weapon progression system as well as a slew of new gear and weaponry.

The devs have done away with H1Z1's original crafting system and even simplified the loot system, ensuring the PS4 experience isn't lagging behind that of its PC master race brethren.

H1Z1's controls have also been tweaked to better fit PS4 controllers and the game should run at smooth 60fps on PlayStation 4 Pro consoles. We're not sure whether this implies that the regular PS4 consoles will be stuck at 30fps but we should know soon enough.

The team reportedly focused "exclusively on the core elements that make battle royale exciting." H1Z1's producer Terrence Yee said that DayBreak Games have added "key gameplay differentiators to keep the game frantic and fun."

Of course, the trailer doesn't show much that we haven't seen already. After all, the game launched in Steam's early access way back in 2015, before there was even talk of your PUBGs and Fortnites.

Unfortunately for DayBreak Games, who have in the meantime earned themselves a nickname "They Break Games", H1Z1 hasn't had the greatest of times, much like its predecessor Planetside 2.

Interestingly enough, H1Z1 was supposed to be a premium game but all the in-house stumbling blocks coupled with stellar success of PUBG and Fortnite pushed the game almost into obscurity, prompting the devs to announce H1Z1 going free-to-play.

Even though it increasingly seems like the company are diligently ignoring all the lessons they should've learned while making Planetside 2, let's hope that DayBreak's and H1Z1's foray into PlayStation 4 waters fares better than its PC escapades.

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