There’s no doubt that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is one of the most successful title of this year available on Steam via Early Access but according to the general manager of Daybreak Game, H1Z1 is the reason behind game’s existence.
Daybreak’s General Manager Anthony Castoro during his recent interview with IGN was asked about the success of PUBG and it’s possible effect in development of H1Z1 in any form, for which he replied that “there would not be a PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds if there wasn’t an H1Z1”.
According to the manager Castoro, PUBG is helping in expanding this kind of game genre to expand and also helping in ‘creating opportunity’ so that H1Z1 can have much larger audience. While during the discussion, he was asked whether he anti-cipated this huge success for the PUBG and he debunked the idea by saying H1Z1 actually ‘pioneered this idea’.
Furthermore, he said that the game is a fast follow opportunity.
“[PUBG] is a clear fast follow opportunity: take an existing game engine, find someone who has worked on this kind of idea that established it already, and do a decent job with the game, and guess what? [The battle royale mode] really is fun and exciting and engaging. So, from a business perspective, that’s just a fast follow scenario.”
He also said that the PUBG desginer Brendan ‘PLAYERUNKNOWN’ Greene has learned alot while working in Daybreak for H1Z1 as it was the first time for him to work on a commercial game. Previously, he had worked on game mods so therefore, it was actually due to H1Z1 that he started working on a new title.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is now available on PC via Steam’s Early Access program and will be released on Xbox One via Early preview later this year. While the developers are yet to confirm a final release date for the game. Stay tuned for more updates!