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Planetside 2 vehicle revealed: the Valkyrie

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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.

It’s coming this Summer.

The Valkyrie was revealed through a rundown of upcoming updates in development for Planetside 2. There’s been no hint of the Valkyrie prior to this, all the changes scheduled for the game were (necessary) engine optimisations and class balancing. But necessary isn’t always fun, the Valkyrie looks fun:

The inspiration for the vehicle comes from Apocalypse Now’s Ride of the Valkyries sequence in which a wing of helicopters fly in low over a Vietnamese village firing their miniguns and dropping soldiers to clear the ground.

A group of Valkyries could easily form a solid forward attack group for any faction, getting troops behind a base’s defensive line faster than the defenders can collect themselves. Still, with weak armour and largely ineffective weapons, the Valkyrie will be like flying strapped to a petrol can for the players on board. Before landing the squad will be very dependent on the pilot’s ability to dodge ground fire and the front gunner's accuracy.

The Valkyrie is due out this summer. I can’t wait.

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Looks fun! I might have to get back in to this game.

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It's like a flying Harrasser. I am going to be dying so many times in that.

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I think aircraft that are able to drop light armor into a battle would be really cool. Sort of like the clone dropships in Star Wars: Episode II.

Aside from that, I think the Vakyrie's should have room for 6 people all together, pilot, gunner, and 4 ride-alongs. Sort of like a small squad insertion vehicle instead of a two person team.

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Has somebody told Games Workshop about this...

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Apparently the name comes from the Air Cavalry scene in Apocalypse Now, where they play Ride of the Valkyries.

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I really can't get into this game, it just seems a massive leap backwards from the original to me.

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