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Planetside 2 continent two years in development is now live in "early exploration" state

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Planetside 2 continent two years in development is now live in "early exploration" state

Hossin. If the name of Planetside 2’s new continent sounds familiar, that’s because it’s been bandied about since the game’s launch - and been in development even longer.

“We’ve figured out that creating a ‘good’ outpost in Planetside 2 takes about 2-3 weeks of level design, art playtesting and iteration time minimally, per outpost," said SOE’s Matt Higby. “Multiply that by 80 or so, and you’ll get a good idea of how much work is required for a high-quality continent."

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PC is the dominant gaming platform claims PAX East panel

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PC is the dominant gaming platform claims PAX East panel

We all know better than anyone that the PC is a vibrant, diverse, and very-much-alive gaming platform. But it’s not just living, claims a panel of PC experts at PAX East this weekend, but the dominant platform for games. 

The PC Gamer-hosted panel, made up of game designers and hardware gurus, dispelled the myth of falling hardware sales signalling the PC games apocalypse, and pointed to massively strong growth for the PC. Yes, yet again it’s clarified that the PC is the one platform to rule them all. Just incase you needed reminding. 

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Planetside 2 vehicle revealed: the Valkyrie

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Planetside 2 vehicle revealed: the Valkyrie

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.

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Planetside 2 to gain progression systems that "aren't tied to gear or player power"

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Planetside 2 to gain progression systems that "aren't tied to gear or player power"

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.

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Planetside 2 is one, and celebrating the fact with double XP til Sunday

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Planetside 2 is one, and celebrating the fact with double XP til Sunday

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.

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Planetside 2 optimisations bring up to “30% increase in framerate.” Aiming for 23 October release

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Planetside 2 optimisations bring up to “30% increase in framerate.” Aiming for 23 October release

“Overall we're running faster across all our hardware test cases, in some cases with up to a 30% increase in framerate, and we're not even done yet," said creative director Matt Higby. “We know everyone here is anxious for news so we wanted to share some tentative dates of when we expect to have some of these efforts released to you guys."

That first major patch should be released on 23 October, “assuming that our testing goes well."

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Planetside 2 PC and PS4 link prevented by poxy platform holder approval process

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Planetside 2 PC and PS4 link prevented by poxy platform holder approval process

Oh, yawn. You’d think with a new round of consoles, we’d at least get a couple of space-age new reasons why their games can’t be friends with ours. Risks associated with “high-speed platform pressure change", perhaps, or “cyber-kinetic discharge". Anything but the boring old cog in the machine that is "Sony combing updates for errant bugs or boobs".

No such luck. Planetside 2 creative director Matt Higby says that while all future PC version patches will also appear on the PS4, the slight delay necessary for official approval makes cross-platform play impossible.

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Planetside 2 Player Studio “is about having players define their games” and make money while doing it

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Planetside 2 Player Studio “is about having players define their games” and make money while doing it

Planetside 2’s Player Studio is set to allow players to create their own cosmetic items for the game: helmets, decals, camo patterns, cockpit decals, hood ornaments are all things that can be created and submitted for approval.

Planetside 2’s creative director Matt Higby couldn’t be more excited for the system. He explains how “50 dudes all getting customised because [they] have a badass artist in [their] outfit [...] enhances the teamplay, enhances the community, enhances the game."

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Planetside 2 has new continent Hossin arriving on the public test server this week

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Planetside 2 has new continent Hossin arriving on the public test server this week

SOE feel that there were just too many players for the space available in Planetside 2. As such they’re working on adding a whole new continent to their MMOFPS. Auraxis’ fourth continent, Hossin, will join Amerish, Esamir, and Indar.

While the continent isn’t due for official release until September, Hossin is being loaded into the Public Test server later this week.

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Planetside 2 alerts to become planetwide to avoid server queues

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Planetside 2 alerts to become planetwide to avoid server queues

In a recent interview with The Mittani, SOE’s Matt Higby revealed that the developer is planning on expanding its new alerts system to generate objectives across all of a server’s continents. Currently, when an alert event kicks in, say capture as much of Amerish as you can, the server will begin to struggle as all its players try to get to Amerish and pitch in for the cause. This soon leads to server queues. The new alerts will be planetwide so you can help your faction from any of the continents.

Higby also went into weapon balances and how pro-gaming will feed back into the standard game.

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SOE respond to Planetside 2 cert gain drama: "we humbly apologize"

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SOE respond to Planetside 2 cert gain drama: "we humbly apologize"

The Planetside 2 community has been flailing around in panic these past couple of days as a huge injection of certs to compensate duplicate purchases flooded the game. With the introduction of account wide unlocks, many players who had played by the rules of character bound unlocks were given extra cert points. However it was made apparent that some characters were receiving astronomical amounts of certs without any explanation. This led leaderboards being torn apart, and minute old characters being able to unlock more weapons/upgrades than someone with months of playtime.

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Planetside 2 community apoplectic as cert point compensation for account wide unlocks runs amok

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Planetside 2 community apoplectic as cert point compensation for account wide unlocks runs amok

Chaos reigns in Planetside 2 as a “cert point grant" system that was designed to compensate players who bought weapons prior to the new account-wide unlocks has gone haywire, resulting in some players totalling over 160,000 cert points. This has played havoc with everything from new characters being able to buy every upgrade possible, to leaderboards collapsing under the weight of the sudden cert injection.

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Planetside 2 Commissar hat image hints at new apparel

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Planetside 2 Commissar hat image hints at new apparelIf Valve have taught the games industry anything it's that hats sell like hot cakes, hot cakes dressed in spiffing attire, including, at a bare minimum, a fedora and cape. So it is that we see SOE reveal that the Terran Republic forces are soon to receive a Comissar's hat with which to deck out their players.

There haven't been any details released about the image as yet but the door

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Planetside 2 server merges: who will collide and when

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Planetside 2 server merges: who will collide and whenIf you’ve been playing a Planetside 2 which features the shooting of men on a massive scale, well done - carry on. Details on incoming server merges after the break.

If you’ve been engaged in a Planetside 2 which plays like an arrhythmic Proteus - all peaceful sojourns through ambient woods - then I’m afraid I’ve some bad news. There’s going to be a pretty violent shake up early next week.

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