Planetside 2 officially launches

Nearly 10 years after the launch of the original Planetside, Sony Online is going to try again to launch a sci-fi shooter MMO on a massive scale. The developer has now officially launched Planetside 2 today to the general public.

The game's official press release reveals some of the features of the sequel, which lets players pick from one of three factions (Terran Republic, New Conglomerate or Vanu Sovereignty) and then one of six player classes. Thousands of players at once will be battling to control the territory and resources on the game's three continents (Indar, Esamir and Amerish).

The original Planetside launched in May 2003 as a monthly subscription MMO game, but ultimately the game failed to reach a mass audience. For the sequel, Sony Online is putting a lot more emphasis on competitive online play. Indeed, Planetside 2 has support to broadcast live matches in the game via its integration with the Twitch.TV streaming video service.

While the game is free, players do have the option of signing up for a $9.99 a month premium subscription which adds more content and features. Sony Online is also selling a $15 Planetside 2 game card at GameStop stores which offers either in-game cash or membership time, along with an exclusive in-game item, the NS11 Rifle.

Source: Planetside 2 website

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I tried this last night for about an hour. I didn't bother to read any info about it beforehand or watch any videos or training to learn stuff about the game and how to play before launching in to it. My opinion after about 30 minutes - This game is rubbish
BUT there was my problem I hadn't played the original and I didn't bother to learn anything about this game beforehand.
30 Minutes after that I had changed my mind slightly to this game could have potential so now I am going to go and learn more about the game before I play it again as I think that this REALLY needs to be done first so you are not completely overwhelmed the first time you step in.
I'm looking forward to giving it another go as I think it could be good what with the massive nature of the game

Everyone needs to be playing this game. Now. The scale of the combat in this game is unrivaled, and is a load of fun despite bein released too early. As time goes on it's only going to get better and better, the devs have been wonderful listeners and actually respond to the community.

Chicane-UK said,
So does this play like a modern version of Tribes 2? If so, it could be seriously interesting..

If you want Tribes 2-type gameplay, you want Tribes: Ascend (which is also free to play) or ShootMania Storm. Both of these also have lower system requirements than Planetside 2.

Deranged said,
...another DX9 game it seems heh. Seriously, Sony, at least pretend...

Hmm minimum requirement is DX9, but recommended is DX11... in their specs.