The history of H1Z1 is extremely varied and in the latest chapter the developers announce that the game will be FreeToPlay.
H1Z1 - Turbulent development
Started as a survival game and released as Early Access, the game should initially be FreeToPlay anyway. At that time, however, early access cost a certain amount.
Later the FreeToPlay promise was thrown overboard and H1Z1 was split into 2 single games. King of the Hill a Battle Royale variant without zombies, which at that time could benefit from the emerging trend and a survival part, this still with zombies or infected people.
After the incredible success of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite, the battle royale genre exploded, but for H1Z1 it meant a player migration to the new games. Almost 90% the player is said to have lost the game. A spontaneous end of the Early Access phase should turn the wheel around again, but has so far not changed the number of players. The "publication" was only 10 days ago.
You asked, we heard you. #H1Z1 is going FREE TO PLAY on Steam! All the details can be found right here >> https://t.co/EFYD8x68Vq ! Been with us this whole time? We've got an Appreciation Pack waiting for you, too. #H1FREE1 pic.twitter.com/t77VEQt5pe
- H1Z1 (@ H1Z1) March 8, 2018
Now the circle has apparently come full with the announcement of the FreeToPlay mode. Whether the game can now compete with the 2 battle royale giants PUBG and Fortnite remains to be seen.