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Planetside 2’s creative director has resigned

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Planetside 2’s creative director has resigned

Last week SOE broke off from Sony and formed Daybreak Game Company, with the help of investment firm Columbus Nova. They retained control of Planetside 2, EverQuest, and H1Z1. Earlier this week a number of staff were laid off, including the Dave Georgeson and Steve Danuser, EverQuest’s franchise lead and lead content designer respecitvely.

Now Planetside 2’s creative director, Matt Higby, has resigned from the studio, saying “This is a move I've been considering for a while now, and the reorganization provided the right opportunity for me to exit."

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Daybreak Studios layoff Everquest Next leads

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Daybreak Studios layoff Everquest Next leads

Last week saw SOE separate from Sony and become Daybreak Studios. While they plan to continue work on Everquest Next, Planetside 2, and H1Z1 they’ve announced staff layoffs in their San Diego and Austin studios.

Among those to lose their jobs are EverQuest franchise lead Dave Georgeson and EverQuest Next’s lead content designer, Steve Danuser.

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Sony Online Entertainment, Planetside 2 and H1Z1 dev, declares independence, becomes Daybreak

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Sony Online Entertainment, Planetside 2 and H1Z1 dev, declares independence, becomes Daybreak

After years of making MMOs like Planetside 2 and DC Universe Online as a part of Sony, the “Sony Online Entertainment" studio has broken away from the electronics and entertainment giant to become independent. SOE is no more, and in its place is the Daybreak Game Company.

Don't panic. The company promises that their existing games, including the amazing Planetside 2, will be unaffected by the move.

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H1Z1 Early Access Review

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H1Z1 Early Access Review

H1Z1 is a Steam Early Access zombie game from SOE - the same chaps behind Planetside 2, Everquest and Landmark. It’s plays just like every other zombie survival game, including scavenging, crafting and merciless PVP. It has a few points in its favour: performance, even on low-mid tier machines, is excellent. The devs are quick to react to feedback. It also has some intuitive ideas when it comes to game modes; PVE servers combat the “kill on sight" mentality that often plague these sort of games. 

But H1Z1 is not better or further along than DayZ. And that’s it’s biggest problem. 

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It’s official: Planetside 2 holds the Guinness World Record for biggest FPS battle in history

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It’s official: Planetside 2 holds the Guinness World Record for biggest FPS battle in history

Over the weekend you could have taken part in a small part of history. Planetside 2 was trying to reclaim the Guinness World Record for ‘Most Players Online in an FPS Battle’. The record was held by Man vs Machine, who had managed to get 999 players into a single game.

Planetside 2 smashed the record, bringing in 1,158 players.

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The great DC Universe Online name reclaim will free up inactive hero and villain aliases

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The great DC Universe Online name reclaim will free up inactive hero and villain aliases

Like those who say a superhero (or villain) is nothing without their suit, they’re also nothing without a defining name for their ultimate persona. Well, Sony Online Entertainment are beginning an initiative to free up names on inactive accounts, allowing them to be used by active players.

If you haven’t logged in for a while and want to make sure your superheroes name stays intact, you’ll need to log into the game by January 20th.

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Hold Nick's hand tonight through the launch of H1Z1 over on our livestream

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Hold Nick's hand tonight through the launch of H1Z1 over on our livestream

Tonight, SOE’s zombie apocalypse survival game, H1Z1, is being unleashed on the public via Steam Early Access. We’ve equipped our Nick with nothing but a copy of the game, some flat pop and a half-eaten pack of mini-eggs, before kicking him out into the zombie infested wilderness.

He’ll be streaming his adventures over on our Twitch channel, and you’re more than welcome to come and watch; there’s a good chance he’ll die, a lot, all for your entertainment.

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You can help Planetside 2 get into the Guinness Book of Records

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You can help Planetside 2 get into the Guinness Book of Records

Some of us just aren’t that talented: I can’t pull a 188 tonne planeI can’t beat the highest score on Donkey Kong; and, until I grow a womb, get pregnant, and have triplets, it’s unlikely I’ll ever hold the Guinness World Record for heaviest birth. But everyone, even my crap self, can help break the record that Planetside 2 is aiming for. In fact, it’s essential that we do.

SOE want to break the record for ‘Most Players Online in an FPS Battle’ and they need you to do it.

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H1Z1 shambles onto Steam Early Access with zombie infested trailer

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H1Z1 shambles onto Steam Early Access with zombie infested trailer

SOE’s zombie apocalypse MMO, H1Z1, has finally moaned and groaned its way onto Steam Early Access, ahead of a January 15th release date for its alpha. The game will be available in two bundles - Standard Edition and Premium Edition, but there’s no word on the pricing on either one yet.

“H1Z1 Early Access will be your chance to experience and make a difference in H1Z1 as it evolves throughout the development process." says the Steam store page. “We anticipate a full release later this year."

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Planetside 2 grows space pumpkins in today's update

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Planetside 2 grows space pumpkins in today's update

Did you know? Space pumpkins boast a variety of medical and scientific uses over their plainer, earth-bound cousins. If you didn’t, not to worry: you’re about to become rapidly acquainted with the orange wonderfruit’s interstellar variant.

In a fortuitously seasonal mix-up, a ship-load of pumpkins has been spilled evenly over the surface of Auraxis. The galaxy’s fruit-pickers aren’t equipped with the necessary training to enter that famous warzone, so it’ll be up to Auraxis’ soldiers to send pumpkin seeds along their way.

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EverQuest Next will let NPC groups roam the map and dynamically determine quests

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EverQuest Next will let NPC groups roam the map and dynamically determine quests

Oh, goodness. It’s time to start getting guardedly giddy for an MMO again. Throughout this 30 minute demo, EverQuest designers throw around words like “procedural" and “simulation" as if the ‘90s never ended and RPG design never grew up to lean on scripting like a zimmer frame.

In EverQuest Next, we’re told, players won’t be pointed in the direction of “NPCs with question marks over their heads". Question marks are banned. Instead, they’ll participate in dynamic geopolitical events. Events defined by AI groups who roam about the game’s map, guiding by nothing but their own motivations.

If you’ve ever sighed at the conservatism of MMO design, consider this essential watching.

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Yogscast gift Landmark to all of Yogventures' backers

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Yogscast gift Landmark to all of Yogventures' backers

You might still be feeling a little bruised if you backed Yogscast’s Yogventures. The sandbox game project crumbled away as its developers, Winterkewl, realised they’d taken on more than they could manage and their coffers ran dry. Yogscast, who lent their name to the game and endorsed it during the funding stage, have been working to heal some of that hurt since.

To that end they’ve gifted a Landmark beta key to all the project’s backers.

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Getting to know H2O: SOE explain H1Z1's dynamic weather system

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Getting to know H2O: SOE explain H1Z1's dynamic weather system

What’re the most atmospheric weather conditions under which to endure a zombie attack? Fog has them lurching from the white at an uncomfortably close draw distance. A no-brainer, as it were. But then, blazing sunshine offers that horrible juxtaposition of death and the domestic that the Walking Dead excels at.

Luckily, sandbox shooter H1Z1 can do both, and plenty in between. SOE programmer Ryan Favale's had rain, clouds, surface wetness and a host of other weather systems working for a while now - and is currently finishing up dynamic snow which forms and melts according to temperature, humidity and wind.

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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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ProSiebenSat.1 and Planetside 2 part ways; EU accounts to migrate back to SOE

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ProSiebenSat.1 and Planetside 2 part ways; EU accounts to migrate back to SOE

The division between the European Planestide 2 community and its international counterpart became much starker with the introduction of the game's Player Studio, which wasn't available on ProSienbenSat.1's EU servers.

So the atmosphere today is of quiet gratitude on the official SOE forums, and of sweary celebration over on the Planetside Reddit. SOE have announced the near-future migration of all ProSienbenSat.1 accounts for Planetside 2, DC Universe Online and EverQuest II back to SOE.

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A new you: PlanetSide 2 gets implants and gives the medic class a fresh coat of paint

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A new you: PlanetSide 2 gets implants and gives the medic class a fresh coat of paint

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. 

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Landmark’s Landmarks of Landmark contest goes live with Landmark video depicting landmark landmarks made in Landmark

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Landmark’s Landmarks of Landmark contest goes live with Landmark video depicting landmark landmarks made in Landmark

SOE’s EverQuest Next tie-in game, Landmark, allows players to construct buildings out of voxel parts. It’s something the game’s community have latched onto with a passion and used to make incredible architecture.

On top of a video showing off the creative work of players, SOE have announced a contest. The winners of the Landmarks of Landmark competition will see their work permanently added to the game’s world.

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