Since it launched on Steam Early Access earlier this year, H1Z1 has mostly been received quite well. It dealt with the loot drop controversy well, it survived as Sony sold its developer and people are no longer calling the game a DayZ knock off either, despite initial suggestions that the two zombie MMOs would look like clones.
People are also singing its praises since developer Daybreak Game Company does a pretty good job of updating regularly, with new patches being released at least once a fortnight. This latest H1Z1 patch adds new weapons and an unusual damage fix as well. More info on that after the break.
H1Z1 Patch – May 20, 2015
The latest H1Z1 patch is available now and it should automatically start downloading once you fire your Steam client up. The patch includes the following:
- H1Z1 now has crossbows. Daybreak notes that “sometimes the Scope view will get stuck for a couple seconds during reload”, however, the developer is aware and the dev team is working on a fix.
- Smoke grenades have also been added to the game.
- Corn will now properly disappear after you harvest it.
- Doors will no longer do damage to your character if you’re in motion.
- Landmines will no longer “continually” explode on PVE (Player Versus Environment) servers.
Additionally, H1Z1‘s servers will be down for 2 hours tonight, starting at 4PM PST (11PM GMT) so if you have some trouble getting into the game around that time, now you know why.
24,837 have been banned for cheating.
— John Smedley (@j_smedley) May 18, 2015
As for other goings on in the H1Z1 sphere, Daybreak’s President John Smedley has also revealed that they recently kicked almost 25,000 cheaters out of the game for using things like aimbots and instant-kill weapons. Though Smedley is nothing if not fair so if players had been banned for cheating, he told them to make a sincere apology video (addressed to players, not the company), put it on YouTube and email him the link for a chance to get their ban removed.
Meanwhile, the game will also get getting varied skin tones at some point. Previously, H1Z1 added female characters to the game and in an interview with Gamespot, Daybreak art director Sebastian Strzalkowski confirmed that they will soon allow people to make characters of different races too. There’s no word on when that feature will be released, but we’ll let you know once it’s available.
H1Z1 crossbow image via Mako on Steam.
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