Battle Royale game H1Z1 launched it’s open beta for the PS4 earlier this week and all signs suggest it’s gone down well with players old and new.
Better still, it has been announced by developer Daybreak that the game has attracted 1.5 million players in just two days.
Not bad going, even if, the game is technically free to download like Fortnite’s own Battle Royale mode.
Unfortatunely the side effect has seen the game experience some rather choppy server problems and login issues, something in fairness, Daybreak are well aware of and attempting to fix as fast as they can.
“We’re continuing to work to resolve login and purchase issues, and are committed to bringing you a pure battle royale experience,” the developer said in a tweet posted last night.
Eurogamer’s resident streamer and PUBG diehard Ian Higton was one such player having difficulties and naturally was on hand to explain to Eurogamer how these problems are impacting the game currently.
“During the day you can quickly and comfortably jump into a match on H1Z1: Battle Royale and have a lovely time.
“At 4pm when the kids get back from school though, H1Z1: Battle Royale becomes a very different game. As it struggles to keep up with the new influx of players its servers collapse in on themselves rendering it unplayable to the majority.
“Sometimes you’ll be lucky enough to sneak into a solo match after half an hour’s wait but you can never guarantee that you’ll get straight into another one after you bite the bullet.
“Squad matches are another thing entirely, the lobby and matchmaking systems both seem faulty and at peak times this mode is almost impossible to play.
“Even if you do get into a game you’re almost certainly going to be missing a teammate or two.
“Thankfully things calm down again at around 10pm when all the kids have finally shuffled off to bed but by that time most of my mates want to pack it in as well. The sooner Daybreak can sort some more servers out for H1Z1 the better.”
Fingers crossed Daybreak don’t take too long and put off the sizeable crowd they’ve attracted to the game since launch. Keep reading and you’ll find the most recent tracked issues from the team, as per their constantly updating PS4 Open Beta Bug Reporting Megathread on Reddit.
H1Z1 – Currently Tracked Issues
[UPDATED May 23, 2018 @ 7:00PM PT]
Some players are currently unable to connect or seeing long load times, as login servers are experiencing heavy loads due to initial launch – we are currently working on mitigating this.UPDATE: We’re continuing to spin more servers up to support the 200,000+ concurrent players we’re seeing! A power outage earlier this morning knocked out some key services, and we’re still actively working to restore them right now.
Some players are currently unable to see items they purchase in-game (like the Nemesis Pre-Order Bundle) – we are working to resolve this now. UPDATE: If you haven’t already, try restarting your PS4/relogging into H1Z1 to see if your items arrive! Our team is actively working with Sony to resolve outstanding purchasing issues and shorten the time between when a player purchases and when the items arrive in-game.
Some players are reporting that they group up for Fives matches, but then get placed in separate lobbies – we are investigating this now. (Note: Cross-region play is not currently supported.)
H1Z1 – PC to PS4 Differences
“H1Z1 on PS4 is true battle royale mayhem. We have reimagined the game for PlayStation 4 and have designed it to accentuate the essentials of battle royale that make the genre so exciting to watch and play,” said H1Z1 Producer Terrence Yee before release.
“We have added key gameplay differentiators to keep the game frantic and fun — an action shooter’s dream of fast-paced battle royale.”
The control scheme for H1Z1 on PS4 has been tailor-made to keep players focused on the action.
H1Z1 now features a grab-and-go equipment system, simplifying loot collection and inventory management; a familiar radial weapon menu so players can quickly switch between guns and grenades; and a revamped HUD that delivers vital information at-a-glance.
The crafting system has also been removed from the game.
Capitalizing on increased mobility, the PS4 edition takes H1Z1’s signature fast-paced combat one step further by introducing new gameplay progression mechanics.
The game’s gas pacing has been altered to speed up the play of the match and the airdrop system has been revamped to keep players moving and invested in fights.