Sony Online Entertainment’s president, John Smedley, announced on his twitter that the long awaited Planetside 2 beta will begin on Monday at 2PM.
For those who may not have heard of the game, Planetside 2 is a free-to-play MMOFPS developed by Sony Online Entertainment. In Planetside 2, players will pick between three factions, the Terran Republic, New Conglomerate, and Vanu Sovereignty, each having their own respective lore, abilities, and technology. After choosing your faction, players will fight for control of various territories around the continents of Auraxis, the planet where the game takes place, in an never-ending war. To give an appearance of a real war, the amount of players in these continents will reach two-thousand, a player cap that’s been unprecedented in a shooter. To give a sense of immersion to the game, these battles of control will take days, as opposed to hour-long matches. If your faction is victorious in control of the territory and its resources, your team will be rewarded with a plethora of bonuses.
As soldiers, players will be able to pick between several classes, each with their own combat roles, advantages, and drawbacks. To give players a sense of individuality, players will be able to pick skills from numerous skill trees, to better suit their play styles. Gaining experience in the game will lead to unlocks in the form of customization options, which will extend to numerous weapons, vehicles, and clothing.
If you’re interested in a more in-depth summary of game mechanics from a developer of the game watch the video below:
As someone who prefers a more sci-fi/fantasy approach in their shooters, Planetside 2 seems to be a winning formula in the eyes of this gamer. I can’t wait to play on Monday. Thoughts on Planetside 2? Comment below.