[? PS4 Update] Closed Beta starts this week, and players will be let in gradually! The first wave will get access on May 9 in a limited-size group for initial testing. The second (and larger) wave will receive their codes starting May 14!
— H1Z1 (@H1Z1) May 8, 2018
Update: H1Z1 closed beta is going to take place sometime next month.
Original Story: H1Z1 closed beta was supposed to be held this weekend but as we now know, it didn’t come up. PS4 fans are not happy about the situation and understandably so. Thier official website mentioned that the closed beta weekend will start this month and the final weekend has passed by without the beta.
Players can still sign up for the H1Z1 closed beta over at the official website but no news is shared other than the following.
Fans are not happy about the situation as they were waiting for an email from Daybreak. Codes were supposed to be sent out by the developers but nothing has yet been shared. Why the beta was pushed out of April is anyone’s guess but it is being speculated that it has something to do with the recent layoffs.
The United States Govt recently froze assets of various Russian oligarchs that were believed to be involved in “destabilizing activities” in the country. Viktor Vekselberg is one of the businessmen targeted by these U.S sanctions. He owns Renova Group, a subsidiary of Columbus Nova, a company believed to be the owner of Daybreak Games. It is long rumored that Columbus Nova bought Daybreak Games from Sony back in 2015.
Daybreak denied this rumor but acknowledged the fact that its owner, Jason Espetien, is a “former member of Columbus Nova.” According to a statement provided to Massively OP:
Jason Epstein, the former member of Columbus Nova, is and has always been the primary owner and executive chairman of Daybreak Game Company (formerly Sony Online Entertainment) which he acquired from Sony in February 2015.”
The layoffs came after the alleged ties to Columbus Nova. And these layoffs are the most likely reason as to why Daybreak never held the beta in April, as they announced.
In any case, an official announcement and detailed at this point would be highly appreciated by the community.