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Donnerstag 27. 10. 2016

Hello Survivors!

My name is Landon Montgomery and I’m celebrating my second week here at Daybreak as the new General Manager of H1Z1: Just Survive. I wanted to say hello to the community and take a moment to give you some detail on me and my role. As GM, it’s my job to oversee Just Survive top to bottom and deliver on the existing and future promises of the game. Speaking of which, we have some really cool design plans forming up as I write this that I’ll be stoked to share with you in the coming months. Right now however, I’m focused on getting the live build to a solid, high quality state for the Just Survive community.

Leading up to and during the short time I have been here, I’ve been able to assess the Just Survive history both internally and externally. And, while I recognize that the past year has been a little frustrating for the loyal crowd, I know that the internal team is excited to push forward and do right by you, the players. It’s one of the reasons I’m here and why we’re actively building up the Just Survive team. We’ve added several key roles and we are excited to introduce these additional team members in the coming weeks.

In addition to forming a solid team, my main objectives for the development team are to communicate with you on a more frequent and consistent basis while also delivering against what we have communicated. Collectively, we want to focus on solid updates and quality content. The team is actively reading and listening to your discussions on Reddit and social and we have lots of ideas that we want to implement, but our key focus will be consistent delivery of well tested updates that don’t break other things.

Easy to say, right? So, why should you listen to me?

I’ve been in the game industry since 1996. I joined a studio back then by the name of Virtus where I co-developed the first id authorized third-party Quake level editor, Deathmatch Maker. After that, I spent time as a level designer and artist at Bethesda Softworks before moving to join the startup Rebel Boat Rocker. We worked on a FPS in the late ‘90s for EA called Prax War, but it was eventually cancelled. This turned out to be one of the luckiest moments in my life, and as a direct result, I was able to co-found Gearbox Software.

I did a bit of everything at Gearbox. By day, I was the COO. By night, I was an artist/animator/director/producer and so on. We all wore many hats those first few years. I spent some of the best years of my life at GBX. We’d worked on so many great IPs, from Half-Life to Halo, Tony Hawk to James Bond, and we’d successfully launched our own original IPs, Brothers in Arms and Borderlands. I’d accomplished so much of what I’d dreamed of doing at that point in my life, but decided it was time to shift focus to another important job– I just wanted to be a good dad. As a result, I was able to spend the first years of my little girl’s life right there with her. I got to see all of the magical first moments in person and I loved every minute of it.

Eventually I started to miss the gaming industry and took a contract gig with Nintendo that reignited my passion for developing games. It is my default setting and I knew it was time to come back.

When I started talking to Daybreak I came out here to San Diego to see things in person and realized almost immediately that I had to join this team. My past two weeks on site have solidified that the people here are amazing, the talent pool is deep, the passion and energy is through the roof, and the opportunities and abilities of the studio are super compelling. I’m really excited to be a part of this family.

We have so much planned for the Just Survive community and I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t believe in what we have in store for you all. In the coming weeks and months, I’ll be able to share some of these things with you. For now, I want to focus on stabilizing the live game and moving forward from there. You all deserve that and so much more to boot. I’ve seen what lies in store of for you guys. It’s beyond what’s been discussed to date and its cool stuff.

As we onboard new team members, we’ll likely do an AMA in the coming weeks so stay tuned for that. For now, I hope that the team and I can demonstrate our absolute dedication to Just Survive and you, the fans.


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