Planetside 2's next major update plans to add a massive amount of new content, not limited to flashy empire-specific rocket launchers, changes to accounts and cert gains, and new Rumble Seats for the Flash ATV. We'll now be hooning around with passengers on the back of our quad bikes, dishing out drive-by rockets, C4 and resurrections... it's going to be glorious. Anyway, this new video explains what to expect from GU04, such as being able to simultaneously equip rumble seats and mounted weaponry [you can probably shut up about those rumble seats now - Ed].
Planetside 2 fans should probably keep an eye on the official Roadmap page, where SOE lists their goals and ambitions going forward.
Planetside 2 may be an excellent free-to-play FPS, but a fair few major issues crawled out of the woodwork since its November launch. Because of the bizarre Christmas release date, SOE have been on holiday rather than patching their brand new MMO, so a major imminent patch will come as great news to the player base.
SOE has revealed that the January update will overhaul experience to shift the priority from farming to support, while defender spawn rooms will now be connected to other parts of the base via tunnels to get rid of some of the more egregious spawn camping. We've got the full list of planned patch notes below, many of which we feel are long overdue.
Carl described Planetside 2 as "most intense, and arguably exciting FPS experience available on the market today" in our 9/10 review, and we've both been crushing it for the TR.Click here to read more...
You'll need to join one of three factions to get involved in Planetside 2's war for total conquest: the glorious and honourable Terran Republic, treasonous New Conglomerate or blasphemous Vanu Sovereignty.
Erm, not that I'm biased or anything.
Anyway, to make your choice even easier (TR, obviously), Sony Online Entertainment have released three videos showing off the three factions to advantage. Be sure to read Carl's 9/10 Planetside 2 review for more details on the massive-scale MMO shooter, before choosing duty, freedom or enlightenment.Click here to read more...
Numerous European players (myself included) were been unable to play Planetside 2 at launch, due to the ProSiebenSat-hosted client crashing when connecting to the servers. Luckily, Sony Online Entertainment have fixed the problem (it's now working fine), and admitted that it was a fault on their end.
"Prosieben players - if you were crashing at the launchpad it's fixed now," SOE President John Smedley tweeted. That was SOE's fault. sorry. We fixed it." Game on.
While you're waiting for the hefty download and install procedure, why not check out Carl's Dealspwn Playthrough videos? The massive free-to-play vehicular MMOFPS is looking mighty tasty indeed.
Quite update for you all; SOE President John Smedley took to the PlanetSide 2 forums to announce that during a livestreamed keynote on Thursday we would finally be learning the official release date for the upcoming Free-To Play MMOFPS. In addition, we will be getting our first look at the third continent of Amerish. You can read the post in full, which also discusses the current state of development, by clicking here.
We’ll be sure to have all the details from the keynote as they are announced. In the meantime, you can still apply to join the on-going beta test or purchase a Founders pack for PlanetSide 2 by heading over to the official website.
Planetside 2 is currently in closed beta, and every time we mention the game to Carl he turns into a gibbering wreck of ecstasy and falls over.
Anyway, the latest Command Center (sic) episode has gone live, and it takes a closer look at the snowy lands of the recently revealed Esamir, not to mention a glance at the Heavy Assault class, and some feedback from creative director Matthew Higby and senior art director Tramell Isaac on how the beta is going.Click here to read more...
Planetside 2, the upcoming free-to-play MMOFPS from Sony Online Entertainment, will be rolling out a new continent to battle for this weekend. Esamir is a cold and frosty place, all ice flows and snowy plains, a potentially perfect canvas for massed vehicular battles and desperate defensive measures. We've got a trailer and details below.Click here to read more...
Sony Online Entertainment has slightly changed the Planetside 2 premium membership benefits, removing the increased resource caps that were deemed overpowered by the community. As things stand, you'll be able to play SOE's multiplayer PC shooter for free, but a monthly $14.99 payment will speed up your progression by 25-50% depending on how long you maintain your subscription. We've got more details below.
Planetside 2 is currently in beta and on track to release before year's end.Click here to read more...
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The latest episode of Planetside 2's Command Center (think a dev diary, presented like a TV show) gives us a look into the currently-running tech test, showing off the Light Assault class and answering some community questions. The beta began yesterday after a short delay.
After a minor delay, Sony Online Entertainment has confirmed that the Planetside 2 beta will start next Monday (August 6th) at 2PM GMT. The latest 'Death Is No Excuse' trailer explains exactly why we're rather excited about SOE's MMOFPS. Sorry, that's a lot of acronyms.
You might still have to register for the beta on the official site - registrations are still open.
As of today, Sony Online Entertainment has started the process of amalgamating the myriad DC Universe Online servers into four massive 'MegaServers,' which will allow players to interact with a "greatly expanded" population of fellow heroes in Gotham and Metropolis. The update will provide a larger pool of people to join in alerts, duos and raids - and make it easier for friends to find each other and play together.
More details - including the server downtime schedule that will affect the PC and PS3 versions on different days - after the break.Click here for the full story >>
Merry Christmas, Star Wars Galaxies fnas. You've had to suffer through a lacklustre initial release, deal with the server jump and watch as your the experience hemorrhaged players to other MMOs... and now, the world is coming to an end. SOE will be pulling the plug on December 15th, prefaced by shutting down the Trading Card store and deactivating subscriptions ahead of time.
We are extremely grateful to all of the SWG fans. We have had the rare opportunity to host one of the most dedicated and passionate online gaming communities and we truly appreciate the support we've received from each and every one of you over the course of the past eight years.
Note that SOE are planning one last hurrah, so stay tuned over the next few months for a "galaxy ending event." What's more, existing subscribers will be given a free two month trial to DC Universe Online. [SOE]
It's a crying shame, because without Star Wars Galaxies, there won't be a Star Wars MMO on the market. Oh, except BioWare's Star Wars: The Old Republic. Which still hasn't got a release date. So... early 2012 or even holiday 2011 then?
Just a quick PSA for you MMO players: Sony Online Entertainment has announced that their servers are back online. This means that the likes of DC Universe Online, Everquest and Free Realms are now playable again - and you can hurry back to your (much better) virtual worlds after being stuck in this mediocre real one for so long.
In a press release, SOE thank users for their patience and clarify that each game will carry its own "Welcome Back Program" that will include extra subscription time and extra swag. Oh, and don't forget to change your password.
We are pleased to be back online and deeply apologize for the inconvenience caused by the recent data breach and subsequent outage.
To thank you all for your patience and understanding, we have prepared a Welcome Back Program that includes complimentary identity theft protection, free game time and special in-game items and events.
Reminder: As an added security measure, we require a password reset for your Station Account - we recommend you do this immediately.
We could take a dig at how long it's been. We could cast an unwary glance at the horizon. But for now, we're just immensely glad things are getting back to normal.
Sony Online Entertainment released a statement yesterday thanking their player base for their patience, and reassuring them that they would be committed to compensation, although the service would remain offline - rendering SOE's MMOs rather unplayable - for 'a few more days'.
In light of the recent outage of Sony Online Entertainment's game services due to April's cyber-attack, we are committed to compensating our loyal player base for the inconvenience caused by the data breach and lost game time while we improve our security measures.
We are currently in the process of an extensive upgrade to our network to further protect your information from future attacks. It will likely be at least a few more days before we restore our services.
This follows SOE's announcement on May 2nd of an intrusion into their systems and the theft of 24.6 million customers personal details. SOE also announced that it 'will provide its U.S.-based Station Account holders with complimentary enrollment in an identity theft protection program through Debix', with similar programmes for Station Account holders outside of the States to be announced once formalised.Click here to see the full list of compensation packages...
Sony Online Entertainment's service's have been temporarily shut down due to unauthorised outside intervention, a statement issued today has revealed.
'We have had to take the SOE service down temporarily. In the course of our investigation into the intrusion into our systems we have discovered an issue that warrants enough concern for us to take the service down effective immediately. We will provide an update later today (Monday).'
As the statement suggests, we'll keep you posted should an update be issued later, and we've also emailed asking for comment.
Remember the epic Mortal Kombat pitch that featured Geri Ryan and Michael Jai White that hit the internet with a resounding OMG last summer? Of course you do. Whilst Warner Bros unfortunately didn't option the idea, director Kevin Tancharoen has confirmed that he'll be filming a 10-part webisode that follows on from the gritty pilot.
You'd better believe that we're excited about this. Jai-White will reprise his role as Jax, but for now, we don't know much beyond the fact that filming will commence next month. Watch this space! [Bloody Disgusting]
Several videos have resurfaced (from way back in the mists of time) of Hero: Midway's superhero sandbox game. It appears to be a solid yet generic mashup of inFamous and Prototype, featuring third person combat and nifty upgradeable abilities. Unfortunately for Hero, the project was canned when Midway hit the skids last year.
However, there's still hope. Many Midway veterans fled to Phosphor Games Studio, where a new (as-yet-unannounced) "3rd person action-adventure title" is in the works. Concept artwork seems to suggest that the two IPs are one and the same. We've reached out to Phosphor Games for comment. [Phosphor Games Studio]
DC Universe Online has hit with massive critical acclaim and fan support, requiring SOE needing to bring two more servers online to cope with the massive demand. However, not content to rest on their laurels, Director Chris Cao has promised that monthly updates will continue to bring tweaks and improvements to the experience at no extra cost to players.
The first update will contain new auction houses to facilitate item trading, as well as several improvements to group chat and social interactions in general. Apparently auctions were redacted from the retail release due to problems with the user interface, but these issues have now been addressed. We're looking forward to seeing how the expanding virtual world evolves over the coming months. [Massively]