What is the first Battle Royale game that started it all?
The first game that used battle royale as a genre is not easy to pinpoint, as the concept evolved from various mods and modes of other games.
However, one of the earliest examples of a standalone battle royale game is Z1 Battle Royale, formerly known as H1Z1 and King of the Kill1. It was originally released on Steam’s early access program on January 15, 2015, as H1Z11. The game was developed by Daybreak Studios, and it was inspired by the popular mod for ARMA 2 called DayZ, which also featured survival elements in a zombie-infested open world2.
Z1 Battle Royale is set in a post-apocalyptic world where players have to scavenge for weapons, vehicles, and supplies while fighting against other players and zombies. The game has a shrinking safe zone that forces players to move closer together as the match progresses. The last player or team alive wins the match. The game also features different modes, such as solo, duo, fives, and auto royale, where players can drive cars and shoot at each other1.
Z1 Battle Royale was one of the first games to popularize the battle royale genre, and it influenced other games such as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) and Fortnite Battle Royale. However, the game also faced many issues, such as bugs, glitches, hackers, and declining player base. The game underwent several changes and updates over the years, including changing its name multiple times.