H1Z1 Invitational and New H1Z1 Updates

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    Have you been checking out all the H1Z1 action? What H1Z1 Invitational moments have been your favorite so far?

    The H1Z1 Invitational is going on right now. This marks the biggest event of the year for the massively multiplayer online survival game. However, just ahead of the special tournament, H1Z1 was revamped, and the King of the Kill title is gone. H1Z1 developer/publisher, Daybreak Company, has opted to re-dub the game as just H1Z1.

    In other words, the "King of the Kill" subtitle has been excised. So if you were never a big fan of that subtitle, you can rejoice because H1Z1 is now just H1Z1 again. However based on the official statement from the developers, it seems the decision to remove "King of the Kill" was more one of accessibility than one of simplicity, brevity or nostalgia. The official website stated on the title, "We're also working to ensure that H1Z1 can be enjoyed by players around the world, and having the word 'Kill' in the name of the game can be limiting with some global audiences."

    The decision to play it safe with the title is somewhat understandable in light of current events and online sensitivity. However, this is still a fairly adult game filled with gore and zombies, and you do in fact kill zombies in the game. So in that respect, being overly sensitive about having "kill" in the title comes off as more than a little strange.

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    This weekend's H1Z1 Invitational consists of an All-Stars Tournament, featuring 75 of the top online H1Z1 and Twitch personalities. These players will compete in a tournament for a special prize pool. Top players include past tournament favorites such as CDNThe3rd and ANGRYPUG taking on such Invitational newcomers as Crispy Concords and Cizzorz. This year's prize pool for the Invitational totals $500,000. That's not bad for a game title that's only available as an Early Access game on Steam for Windows PC and hasn't even received it's full launch yet.

    The winner for the Invitational this year will score a top prize of $15,000. The second-place runner-up will receive a prize of $10,000. Third place will take $8,000. The lowest cash prize for the tournament goes to the rank No. 10 player of $400. However, $1,000 will be awarded to the player with the Most Kills in each of the three matches in the tournament.

    The event kicked off on Friday, October 20 at the H1Z1 Arena at TwitchCon, and runs through today, Sunday (Oct. 22). One exciting aspect is that there will be a Qualifiers Invitational Challenge, and all TwitchCon attendees are eligible. So even attendees will have the chance to compete for up to $50,000 in prizes at the H1Z1 Invitational.

    Daybreak also provided a number of gameplay tweaks to the core H1Z1 game to improve the overall experience. The developers have restored user interface elements to make them look how they used to. According to the company's website, the goal here is to make those elements align with the game's new style. However, players who are training for the Invitational or Challengers Qualifiers will be happy to know that everything has been left the same for the competitions. There aren't any other changes to the game other than the UI, the logos and the in-game artwork.

    As far as the game leaving Early Access, that still doesn't appear to be happening anytime soon. According to the official website's statement, "These updates definitely take us a step closer, but we still have to polish up the core gameplay (with your feedback) before we’re ready for a full launch." So, it seems as if the actual full launch for H1Z1 is still a ways off.

    In terms of the new changes, players can now preview new skins on their characters in the Marketplace. This will work similar to the in-game Character Customization feature. Also, Daybreak Company has opted to remove the "Watch" section of the game.

    Here's a breakdown of some other known issues that have been tweaked with the latest update (Courtesy of Daybreak), which went live on October 19:
    • Selected emotes will not update until the player enters a match.
    • The “Scrap” button can become non-functional after cancelling scrapping an Emote or Rides skin
    • Some language text in the front end menus may appear cut off
    • Occasionally, certain image assets in the front end menus will load slowly
    • Occasionally, after selecting DUOs/FIVES, the match queue will not appear in the top left corner of the screen
    Most of the changes seem like minor tweaks for the most part and don't appear to be all that major or significant. But, changes like this are to be expected from an Early Access game that is still a ways out from its full launch.

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    Fans interested in checking out the 2017 H1Z1 Invitational can check it out online at H1Z1.com. Tournament matches started Friday (Oct. 20) at 1:00 pm local time with the Challengers Qualifiers. After another round of Challengers Qualifiers, the All-Stars Invitational began on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 2:00 pm local time. The Legends Invitational and Challengers Invitational take place today at 11:30 am and 3 pm respectively.

    H1Z1 is currently available as an Early Access title for Windows PC via Steam. The game is also in development for a PlayStation 4 and Xbox One release later on. Players who haven't yet checked the game out are in luck. Daybreak is currently offering the game for a 50 percent off discount on Steam. So, they can pick up the Early Access title for $9.99 instead of its regular price of $19.99. There's also the option for waiting for the game's full launch as well.

     

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