There was little in the way of shock or surprise when, back in August, Daybreak announced that their long neglected zombie horror title, Just Survive, was going to go dark on October 24.
The gaming world moved on without so much as a ripple.
Then in early September came the announcement that Daybreak and NantWorks would be creating some sort of joint venture, NantG Mobile, to reboot the battle royale title H1Z1 in some way in which we might end up with a new Windows version of the game, along with a mobile version, under the name Z1 Battle Royale.
Also, EverQuest might be involved somehow.
The whole thing was more than a bit opaque as people tried to piece together all the things mentioned and the parties in play, which included, among other things, the LA Times and some sort of esports event center.
Left out of all of that however was Just Survive. It was not part of the deal. It was still dead.
Only now it might be part of the deal. Maybe. Could be. If things align.
As noted over at MMO Fallout, Jace Hall said on a twitch stream that, while Just Survive was not part of the deal as it was originally cast, they are looking for a way to bring it into the joint venture.
There is nothing set in stone yet, but it could happen and, in anticipation of that, Just Survive will be put in some sort of “maintenance mode,” though I dare you to tell me how that differs from the support mode the game has been in for the last year, until the details can be worked out. But the idea is to move Just Survive back into H1Z1… or Z1 Battle Royale… as a play mode for the game.
Jace Hall seemed mostly concerned about the skin situation and not diluting the skin market in H1Z1, from which I took that there is a skin market in H1Z1 and not much more.
So Just Survive might carry on. I am sure this is a ray of hope to the small but dedicated fan base that follows the game.
The follow on conversation also seems to makes clear that Daybreak and the joint venture NantG Mobile are two completely separate entities, so it sounds very much like NantG Mobile it trying to figure out how to get Just Survive from Daybreak in a way that makes financial sense all around.
Of course, that just brings up more questions in my mind as to what this means for EverQuest and any future title in that domain, as that was clearly mentioned back in the original NantG Mobile announcement.
Remember, as Jace Hall said slowly and clearly on the stream, Just Survive is not a done deal yet.
Hat tip: MMO Fallout