Zombie survival game H1Z1 has certainly seen its fair share of controversy since releasing in January. However, all of that doesn’t seem to have impacted its sales in a negative way as the developer has announced that sales have topped over one million copies. This is an especially interesting feat as H1Z1 isn’t even finished at this point, with the game only being available via Steam’s Early Access program.
We have sold over 1M copies of H1Z1 on Steam!
H1Z1 was developed by Daybreak Game Company, formerly Sony Online Entertainment. The game was highly anticipated, which resulted in some server issues around launch time. Following this came additional controversy with the business model behind the game. Players argued that there were “pay-to-win” elements, such as airdrops that could give players advantageous items for their character.
To quell the furor, the studio offered players an unconditional refund for the game. Some players likely took advantage of the offer, but many more stuck with the game. Apparently many more have jumped into the H1Z1 experience since then with this latest announcement, indicating that the airdrops might not have been such a big problem after all.
Other issues have cropped up, such as the Battle Royale mechanic that launched in a too broken state, but with over a million sales, the studio can’t feel too bad for their decisions. H1Z1 is still in Early Access with no set release for the final version.