It was only last month that Planetside 2 received a huge update in the way of the Hossin continent, but that won’t stop Sony Online Entertainment from bringing us another. This coming Tuesday will see the deployment of a huge patch that will bring in new features and improvements, such as the Directive system and resource revamp.
Auraxis, the location of PlanetSide 2’s global war, is a large, diverse globe - expanding still with the introduction of a new continent, Hossin. But it’s one where the weather never changes, unless you count drop pods raining down from above as a weather phenomenon.
Weather effects have been teased by SOE since before launch, and it’s one of the things the team’s been wanting to add for a long time. Amid all the new content, it’s still not been forgotten, as CEO John Smedley revealed on Twitter earlier this evening.
It’s been in development for a long time, but Hossin is finally available for players to wage war over in Planetside 2. A swamp-like continent, players will be faced with natural barriers that will make traversing the terrain a challenge in itself.
You’ve got a sneaky Vanu soldier in your sights, and she hasn’t spotted you. You take a deep breath, look on either side of the ridge you’re perched on - just to make sure you’re alone - and then you fire, right at the Vanu’s skull. Nothing happens. She scarpers, and you’re left without a kill.
If this has happened to you, then you might have been a victim of dodgy hit detection. SOE’s John Smedley explained, on Reddit, that it may have affected up to 20 percent of players at one point or another. A fix is up on the public test server at the moment.
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PlanetSide 2 has been in for a spot of surgery, and has come out with some implants. Not pert buttocks or enhanced pecs, but bits of tech implanted into soldiers that allow them greater flexibility, improving loadout choices.
Three tiers of implants are available to players, and everyone will receive a tier-1 implant: Enhanced Targeting to kickstart the body modification craze. More implants can “drop", a bit like a traditional loot system but absent the actual act of looting, or can be purchased for certs or Station Cash.
Along with the new Mission System, SOE implemented some changes to its in-game notification system in the latest PlanetSide 2 update. These notifications were directed at certain players, essentially serving as adverts.
Nobody wants to get pestered with ads when playing a game, and yesterday it all got a bit out of control. The changes to the system meant that on top of offers and special deals, players were being notified about events - which would normally be pretty convenient - but with multiple events going on, deals still being promoted, and a game update that reset who should get notifications, players ended up getting bombarded.
With the latest PlanetSide 2 update, the first phase of the Missions System has been introduced. Like the invisible hand of a friendly general, it nudges players towards objectives. Enter a new area, and the Mission System will assign you a goal based on your proximity to the various bases and fortifications, giving you the impetus to invade territory or shoot men in the face from behind the safety of walls.
There’s no end to these objectives - when you finish one, another will appear. And while there’s not tangible rewards for completion, you will still get a 15 percent XP bonus if you succeed while in a squad. Slap your eyes below for full Mission System details.
There’s an itch in Planetside 2 that needs to be scratched. It’s helicopter shaped and there’s a tinge of Norse mythology to it. Yup, we didn’t know it but till this day we’ve been wanting the Valkyrie, a fast attack aircraft which is designed for dropping small squads of troops at the front line.
Planetside 2 is like one big Michael Bay movie; a massively multiplayer first person shooter with explosions as far as the eye can see. It’s a brilliant mix of troop combat, vehicle warfare, and ridiculous aerial assaults. Sometimes you need to take a step back from the front lines and admire the carnage. Thank Auraxis, then, for YouTube.
Here’s what we think are the best videos to demonstrate why Planetside 2 is just so exciting. There’s glory, failure, rage, and bombers falling out fo the sky. And don’t forget: you can join in the action. Planetside 2 is free to join, and free to play. There's no reason not to try it.
PlanetSide 2’s Amerish continent is about to leave surgery with a facelift. SOE’s crack team of cosmetic surgeons have been busy implementing the lattice system - changing base layouts and adding six new outposts - and fiddling around with the mission system for the whole game.
The first update is due out on Wednesday, according to Shacknews, overhauling Amerish, and a second update will drop a week later, bringing changes across all of PlanetSide 2.
SOE has kicked off their second World Domination preseason event in PlanetSide 2, tasking soldiers to fight for their empire on a global scale. With it comes new rules and new rewards, altering point values for capping, score values and a slew of other things.
But this meta event hasn’t been welcomed by everyone, and dissent is brewing as some Corps feel that it’s ruined their experience and have scaled back their involvement.
One of the primary complaints, expressed by PS2 player DeaconOrlov on Reddit, is that the World Domination Series has turned PlanetSide 2’s conflicts into massive zergs, with huge, poorly organised groups legging it across the map swallowing up the most lucrative bases.
By all reports the Europe was development hell for God. Her work was set about with delays, budget cuts, and layoffs. It’s been 4.54 billion years but the department of continental creation still won’t release the records of how exactly Slough was commissioned.
With that in mind it’s somewhat more understandable how SOE still haven’t released Hossin, the new continent for Planetside 2 which was due for release in April last year.
Well, it has a new deadline. May, 2014. And that’s not the only thing.
With over 6 million players shooting out over 110 billion bullets, PlanetSide 2 has done pretty well out of 2013. To celebrate, Sony Online Entertainment joined forces with cinematic designer Robert Stoneman to put together a flashy, frenetic video showing off the chaos of the war that rages across Auraxis. And there's also a guy standing on a tank's gun. There's always a guy standing on a tank's gun.
If you stick around to the end, you'll spot SOE teasing what's coming up for PlanetSide this year, including the delayed Hossin continent and the first battle island, the alpine battlefield of Nexus.
Last week, SOE announced a change to PlanetSide 2 Premium subscriptions, revealing that by Feburary, the 500SC per month bonus given to members would be scrapped in favour of a new system, where every member would be given the opportunity to select an item worth up to 2000SC. Reactions were mixed, so CEO John Smedley took to Reddit to clarify a few things, particularly why SOE decided to go down this route.
Sony Entertainment Online are on the verge of adopting a new subscription plan to replace those they’ve had in place individually for each of their games. For a fixed fee of $14.99, PC players would gain access to all of the MMO developers’ games.
“That's a benefit most companies simply can't offer because they don't have our portfolio of games," said CEO John Smedley.
The one feature Call of Duty has unquestionably glued to the contemporary first-person shooter is the personal player upgrade system - a simulation of actual modern warfare, in which soldiers are granted necessary equipment for survival in piecemeal fashion based on how many murders they’ve committed.
It’s difficult for a game like Planetside 2 to accommodate that kind of expectation - it’s a massively multiplayer game designed to be played for years on end, and players are already beginning to ‘cap out’ on the existing unlock system. SOE have a sort-of plan, though.
Planetside 2 is one-year-old. You can tell, because it’s starting to run a lot faster, and its parents are getting an awful lot more sleep than they did 12 months ago. SOE are commemorating the year past and the six million players who’ve pledged to-the-death allegiance to either Terrans, Vanu or NC with double XP and, um, a $39.99 USD anniversary bundle - home to special camos, weapons, decals and a six-month heroic boost.
Regardless of whether or not you buy into that, however, you can enjoy a look back over the massively-multiplayer man-shooter’s short history.