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Game Update: Auto Royale, Season One, Match Rewards & More!

Today’s update brings major improvements and bug fixes

What’s up everybody!

The time has come for our next major update to hit our Live servers and what’s an update without all the good details provided by patch notes. We’ve got a bunch of information below but keep an eye out for our Producers Letter that will have even more insight, information, and maybe even something special. We’ll also be releasing more information soon on our next crate, the Mayhem Crate, so keep an eye out for that too.

We would like to take a quick moment and thank everyone, once again, for all of the feedback provided by the community while this build was on the Test Server. Working with you all to make sure we hit the key beats of every update has become a way of life for us on the H1Z1 team and we’re looking forward to continuing this with you in the future.

See you in the pit,


Player Spawn Selection

Players can now select the quadrant of the map they’d like to spawn in while in Fort Destiny.  Want to get right into the action?  Spawn in Pleasant Valley.  Want to take your time to loot up in peace?  Try out the Dam!

  • The spawn select map will show the first gas ring in some matches but not for other matches.
    • The reason behind showing the ring sometimes and not others is to gather data and educate ourselves on player behavior so we can make more informed decisions in the future.
  • A heat map shows the density of other players spawn selections in each grid. 
  • In team games the team leader will select the spawn point for the team and team mates will be notified which quadrant was selected.
  • If a user does not select a quadrant one will be selected by default that is somewhere near the safe zone.
  • Act fast!  Spawn Selection will be disabled for the last ten seconds before the match begins.

New Scoring Model

We are moving away from a high kill top 10 scoring model and we have implemented one that focuses on 3 different segments:

  • A users top 10 games will give them their base score.
  • A users average placement will then have a modifier value that is applied to the top 10 score.
  • A users average kills per match will then have a modifier value that is applied to the top 10 score.

Once the modifiers have been applied a user will be given their ranking. This new system will challenge the player to play more conservative and be more consistent in their play but will still require them to see kills just not as aggressively as the current live scoring model. In the new system, players can de-rank, however rewards will be earned based on the highest rank achieved for a season.

Combat Adjustments

Based on feedback we’ve received since our last update, we’ve fine-tuned some of the most used weapons in the game to make them feel a bit smoother, however none of these changes will impact timing or muscle memory.  Reset timing for tap shooting has been preserved.


  • Reset delay has been slightly reduced.
  • Recoil acceleration rate has been slightly adjusted.
  • The end result is similar reset time that feels much “smoother” and less “clunky” and was made in response to community feedback.
  • Recoil growth was reduced in order to allow the weapon to be slightly sprayable at close range.


  • Semi Auto fire mode recoil growth was increased slightly.
  • Full Auto fire mode recoil growth was reduced slightly so sprayability is in line with the AR-15.


  • Damage fall off distance has been slightly reduced.
  • Headshot multiplier has been slightly reduced.
  • Both of these changes were made to reduce the effective range of the shotgun while still keeping it potent in close quarters combat.

Armor / Bleeding Mechanics

  • Breaking a helmet no longer causes a bleed, only the intended damage.
  • Breaking armor no longer causes bleed or damage as the armor soaks up the shot completely. The sniper rifle and shotgun are the only exceptions to this rule.

Grenade Adjustments

  • Gas grenades have had their area of effect reduced back to their intended size.

Healing Adjustments

  • Bandages now heal for 3HP up front and then an additional 10HP over time.
  • Medkits now heal for 8HP up from and an additional 60HP over time.

Movement Adjustments

  • Crouch has been reworked to be more responsive when going both up and down.
  • The crouch fatigue system has been adjusted and is more relaxed to allow more movement.
  • Couch fatigue no longer penalizes movement and it no longer locks you from being able to stand.

Match Rewards

It’s been far too long that players haven’t been rewarded for just playing H1Z1 and it’s time for that to change. With this update we’re reintroducing Match Rewards back into the game.

  • Winning a match of Solos, Duos, or Fives will reward 1 Victory Crate.
  • Depending on the game mode, you can earn up to 150 Skulls for match placement below 1st
    • Skull Boosts are applied to Match Rewards.

The Victory Crate contains over 75 brand new skins that are untradeable and unmarketable, but scrap for the same amount as skins from paid crates of equal rarity.

Winning isn’t the only way for you to get your hands on some of these new skins, you can opt to do a bit of grinding and you can buy them from the Skull Store for 7,500 Skulls each. You can also earn 2 Victory Crates by completing the Tutorial Challenges if you wish.

Account Leveling

We’ve taken a pass on the Account Leveling system as it needed some love. The old system gave a crate every 5 levels and the process didn’t feel as rewarding as it could have.

  • The experience curve for Account Leveling has been reworked.
  • New users will receive a basic set of skins when leveling from 1-10.
    • Existing users already have these skins.
  • After you reach Level 10, you will be awarded Victory Crates for leveling.
  • Existing users accounts have had their level reset.
    • If you were at Level 100 you will receive a special item in the next few weeks.
  • Experience gained from matches has been normalized as the drop off in experience gained isn’t as significant until you reach 75th place and below.


We’ve seen a ton of feedback around visibility and lighting in the Arena so we’ve made some adjustments to help increase visibility at all ranges.

  • Lighting settings have been adjusted to make shadows not render as dark.
  • Fog has been removed at distances up to 350 meters.
  • Colors have been adjusted to be slightly more vibrant/saturated.
  • Flora has been adjusted for all GFX settings and reduced in general.
  • SpeedTree has been updated to version 7.
    • This helped visibility against trees and is slightly more performant.
  • Gradient map values have been updated to reduce bloom on certain types of floors and walls.

Gameplay & UI Updates 

  • In-game user interface has been updated to be much cleaner and require less screen area.
  • Duos is temporarily disabled in place of Auto Royale
  • Added a Mini-Map on the bottom-right corner of the screen.
    • There are options to show or hide it, as well as the ability to pick a couple locations of where it is located on screen.
  • You can now move normally with the map open, similar to having the Inventory open.
  • Drop shots have been added back into the game.
    • You can sprint strafe while prone in order to roll and shoot.
  • Footstep sound effects have received another tuning pass so that they are lower volume generally but still loud enough to make sure you can hear enemies coming.
  • Magnum is no longer a starting weapon in Combat Zone.
  • Players now start with Combat Super Serums in Combat Zone, which fully heals the player after use.
  • The airdrop bomber has been updated and replaced with a jet. This was done so the bomber has unique audio in an effort to increase player feedback and clarity.
  • Bombs will no longer drop passed the 3rd gas phase regardless or when there are only 20 people remaining, whichever comes first.
  • Updated the split-stack UI element for ease of use.
    • Keystrokes now immediately input to the numerical field (no longer have to click first).
    • Number keys (keypad and keyboard), backspace, delete are all accepted, and left and right arrow keys will move the cursor.
    • Clicking off or pressing escape closes the pop-up.
  • Settings menus have been restructured and re-ordered to make more sense. 
    • Settings are ordered by usage and importance and are generally grouped with similar options.
    • Added options for Team Voice Chat and Proximity Voice Chat.
    • Added headphone and panning options to the audio menu.
    • Mute Fort Destiny Proximity Voice option updated so that off means off.
    • Changed default Interact key to “E” (was “F”).
  • Running over other players with a vehicle now shows the vehicle and skin used in the Kill Feed.
  • Debug text on the HUD and End Screens are now hidden by default.  Can still be enabled (Default: “N”)
  • The Hosted Games Spectate HUD is being updated to reflect the new in-game HUD.
  • Default look, scoped, and aiming mouse sensitivity is now set to 10%. 
  • Removed the glare from vehicle windows and windshields.
  • Vehicles no longer lose turbo or torque until the condition is less than 20%.
  • The final phase of the gas rings will now shrink to 1 meter.

Bug Fixes

  • Multiple optimizations that fix issues related to framerate drops and overall performance.
  • Fixed numerous areas with inappropriate loot distribution, such as the supermarket in Pleasant Valley.
  • Missed shots will no longer occasionally register as hits with blood spurts, despite it actually being a miss and the player taking no damage.
  • Tree Quality and Flora Quality settings now correctly set the quality level in-game and persist when restarting the game client.
  • Other players no longer occasionally appear on the wrong side of a tree when playing on low settings.
  • Falling off objects now behaves the same with Reduce Input Lag enabled or disabled.
  • Players no longer appear partially below the ground in Fort Destiny
  • Vehicle skins now show for all players regardless of distance between players when the skin was applied.
  • Recoil no longer resets below its expected position after firing while aiming high while prone.
  • First person camera angle now resets properly after releasing the free-look key while running.
  • Vehicles take more consistent damage over time when flipped, regardless of whether they are flipped onto the hood or roof.
  • Adjusted player animations when using a crossbow to keep the elbows more tucked in similar to other weapons.
  • Players can no longer shoot through ceilings that can be reached by jumping and shooting.
  • Sniper Rifle Scope now properly covers the whole screen when using an ultra-wide monitor or resolution.
  • Clicking on a throwable now properly equips it in your throwable slot, even if you already had one equipped.
  • Fixed SMG animation when crouched and aiming down sights while in first person mode.
  • The size of thrown weapons (grenades, etc.) is no longer larger than intended.
  • Map now scales properly when switching screen resolutions.
  • Speedometer needle no longer overturns when driving at high speeds downhill.
  • POI icons no longer overlap text in the compass.
  • Removed lockers from the FZMA tents (sorry Summit)
  • Campers are no longer clipping into each other in D10.
  • Players can no longer see through the world in a particular barn area in I2.
  • Fixed a few floating items near Dragan Lake.
  • Adjusted the ping threshold colors. Green now goes up to 75 (up from 50) and yellow goes up to 150 (down from 200)
  • Certain skins no longer prevent kills from counting towards Hellfire SMG challenges.
  • End screens now always show completed challenges.
  • When the group leader cancels a queue, it is now canceled for all group members.
  • Viewing another player’s Top 10 no longer shows a blank Top 10 of your own.
  • Added a prompt warning the user when they are scrapping an ultra-rare vehicle skin.
  • Rapidly scrapping skins no longer bypasses the confirmation when scrapping the last skin.
  • Sniper Rifle no longer has an incorrectly colored dot on the back of the weapon.
  • Eyepatches no longer clip through characters heads.
  • Various improvements to anti-cheat.
  • You will no longer play the “on-fire” animation after the fire has been extinguished from a smoke grenade.
  • Fixed numerous minor clipping and text truncation bugs in the User Interface.

Known Issues

  • The end screen user interface occasionally does not show up or cannot be interacted with, forcing the player to either wait for the match to end or restart the client.  This happens most frequently in team modes when dying without another player killing you (e.g. Toxic Gas).
  • Placing map markers may lower framerate.
  • In Auto Royale, the vehicle HUD occasionally goes missing.  Opening and closing the Inventory brings it back.
  • In Auto Royale, characters can appear to be stuck aiming down sights.  This is caused by switching seats while aiming down sights and can be fixed by switching seats again.
  • Average Placement and Average Kills are not represented in the score progress bar or in the player's score on the Season 1 Top 10 Matches Score Screen.
  • Match Rewards often show the wrong icon.
  • Average Placement and Average Kills are not represented in the score progress bar or in the player's score on the Season 1 Top 10 Matches Score Screen.
  • Match Rewards often show the wrong icon.