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http://www.planetside-universe.com/


The Best Site out there concerning anything Planetside 2


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In case you didn't know the people and what they are kinda like that are making what should be game of the year for 2012.



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New Conglomerate...Independence through Force.


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http://www.pcgamer.com/2011/10/31/planet...-to-eve-online/

Straddling the fence between MMO and online shooter cant be easy, especially when it comes to character classes. Weve spoken to Planetside 2 creative director Matt Higby about the roles available to each faction, and how SOE have taken steps to ensure that Planetside 2′s classes are flexible, and easy to identify at great distance on Planetside 2′s vast battlefields. Youll find plenty more information in our six-page Planetside 2 preview in the latest issue of PC Gamer UK.

On top of its three factions The Vanu Sovereignity, The New Conglomerate and The Terran Republic there are six character classes each to choose from. Each faction has specific gameplay implementations that basically make each faction feel like a unique game, says Higby. Terran Republic isnt always going to beat Vanu and New Conglomerate isnt always going to lose to Vanu, but they have a unique approach that theyre going to have to take to take those guys out.

Planetside 2 keeps the classes fluid, rather like Team Fortress 2s approach. Youre not locked into a class when you play, says Higby. So when you create your character youre dont select a class an then youre always that class you can switch back and forth any time you respawn, any time youre at an equipment terminal. You can constantly try out each one of those classes and figure out what about the classes you want or what your empire needs.

Like its predecessor, Planetside uses a certification system to power up players abilities- which makes it easier to switch specialisation and classes mid-game. Our advancement system is time based, so its similar to Eve Online, says Higby. I can go here and I can start earning these certs and theyll just start to tick down over time whether Im online or offlineYou can definitely tailor make each one of these classes to fit your specific playstyle.

Higby demonstrates the classes themselves with the Infiltrator, a spy-type character. You can really spec out in different ways, you can spec out this infiltrator to be a really sneaky gadgety, sabotage focused guy, or you could spec him to be more recon focused. And youll be able to say, hey this time when I get my loadout Im going to bring my sniper rifles and a few gadgets and Im going to be a very dedicated wilderness sniper character. But then next time you respawn you might say okay cool Im going to bring a bunch of C4, Im going to bring motion detectors and now Im going to be a subterfuge/obfuscated kind of ghost recon character.

Working alongside the Infiltrator is the Engineer. Hell be sort of like an analogue to the medic, says Higby. He can use combat engineering abilities to be able to able to place barriers, to be able to place emplaced guns, repair vehicles. But he can also beyond just doing cool support stuff he can do a lot of offensive stuff too.

Each faction uses unique colours and sounds to distinguish themselves on the battlefield. If youre being attacked by a blue thing making a bassy noise, you can be pretty certain that its a New Conglomerate person with a light machine gun. A hundred metres away its hard to tell, but the sound is always identifiable, says Higby.

On top of the classes and certificates, there are what Higby terms sidegrades. If Im less of a precision player and more of a spray and pray type I could be like Im going to configure my weapon to have a larger clip, more recoil, less damage but Im going to be able to fire 50% more bullets per second, says Higby. Those sort of customisations are kind of the heart of what were doing with weapon customisations and vehicle customisation. So you create it, not so that you get a power advantage, but so that youre tailoring for you.

Tellingly, when Higby started out in Planetsides quality assurance department he played mostly as the New Conglomerate, because they appealed to his rebellious nature. His faction of choice having moved up the ranks? Now Im more in a management role I kind of find myself leaning more towards the ideals of the Terran Republic, like discipline, order and the rule of law, he says.


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http://www.pcgamer.com/2011/10/30/planetside-2-preview/

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This article originally appeared in PC Gamer UK issue 232.

Matt Higby isnt surprised there arent more massively multiplayer shooters out there. Theyre fucking hard to make. What surprises PlanetSide 2s creative director is the lack of attempts by other developers to emulate 2003s ultra-ambitious PlanetSide. You talk to anyone who was a PlanetSide player, theyll go all misty eyed.

Fellow ex-players, please join me in a spot of eye-misting. I played PlanetSide for a year after the games launch, seeing the same potential in the game that Higby still eulogises today. Its an excellent team-based game, it has a lot of action and its just cool being able to hold a tower with 50 people when 200 people are coming in to it. You cant compare it to anything else.

Except, now you can compare it to PlanetSide 2. Like the first game, PlanetSide 2 is set in the midst a global war between three factions: the freedom-loving New Conglomerate, the totalitarian Terran Republic and the alien-fancying Vanu Sovereignty. Each of the factions has access to a wealth of guns, gadgets and vehicles, used to wrest control of the continents of the planet Auraxis. From hundreds clashing over a base in the centre of the most contested continent, to five-man scraps over a tower out in the wilderness, all this will be familiar to players of the original PlanetSide.

But for me, that PlanetSide, for all its glittering potential, never quite worked. Playing it in 2003, I wasnt just fighting off Matts 200 attackers from my tower, I was also fighting against two more powerful enemies: my lethargic computer and a 56k internet connection.

Higbys very conscious of the games context. It sounds kind of arrogant, but PlanetSide 1 was just ahead of its time. When it came out, there were only 400,000 subscription gamers in the US. Plus, broadband adoption was low and a lot of players didnt have hardware that could support the game.

Going back to the game now, it feels too old and too clunky to repackage and shove out of the door rebranded, but as Higbys boss, SOE head John Smedley, confirms, the plan wasnt to do a proper PlanetSide sequel: The original idea was to make it a free-to-play version of the original game.

That scheme didnt last long, though. As Smedley explains, We fell in love with what we were making.

The result is a hard reboot of PlanetSide. Higby says: PlanetSide 2 has the spirit of PlanetSide 1. Its got the same locations, the same factions, in a lot of cases the same vehicles and the same weapons.

However, the team felt uncomfortable pushing out a carbon copy with some spruced up textures. They wanted to dig into the foundations of the game and yank out PlanetSide 1s problems at the root. Primary among these was the shooting.

Our biggest change is the complete modernisation of the FPS mechanics, says Higby. Firing a gun in PlanetSide 1 felt as lethal as coughing gently on your target. The technology of the era forced each of your bullets to be subject to a hidden dice-roll mechanic: on your end, it could look like youd pinged every shot into a foes eyeball, but if the games fickle rules said you missed, you missed. That process has been stripped out.

Someone who is familiar with Modern Warfare or Battlefield will feel very comfortable playing PlanetSide. The way the weapons work in terms of kick, aiming, recoil and iron sights feels very modern, like other current shooters.

As in Battlefield 3, hit judgement is split between server and client-side, meaning where you shoot will be where you hit. The game has a realistic ballistics model: When you fire a weapon it takes time to hit the location. If you fire a sniper rifle from a distance, youll have to aim your headshot a little above your target.

That mental calibration wont always be the same, dependent on the rifle variant you use. PlanetSide 2 is big on customisation. Higby describes a few potential changes players can make to their loadouts. You can unlock anything from transmissions for your tank that allow you to go up hills faster, to squad leadership, a cool branch that lets your squad respawn directly on you in the battle.

Each weapon and vehicle has its own skill tree, with stages along it unlocked through experience. But branches arent solid upgrades. Instead, theyll be variants of the base model weaker armour making for a faster tank, or a larger clip at the expense of stopping power. Matt uses the Cycler assault rifle as his example, explaining how the Mk. 1, 2, 3 and 4 versions vary slightly in characteristics, but that key to this concept of sidegrades is balance. If youre accurate and want to be fighting people from longer range, youll take the Mk. 3. Its balanced against other models one thats more spray and pray, for example so youre not getting an actual power advantage.

Earning the experience points to unlock new toys is a matter of time. Higby describes the mechanic as being similar to EVE Onlines: players can queue skills to train while theyre not playing, but theres a bonus for those who can spend more time on Auraxis. The hardcore guy thats on for 12 hours a day will train skills a bit faster. If youre actively playing, attacking and defending objectives, you get a small bonus to that offline skill system.

Those hardcore still wont get a definite boost to their power. Instead, theyll have a wider pool of vehicles and weapons to swim about in and kill people from. PlanetSide 1 only let you call up vehicles from dedicated stations and pilot them once youd earned the certification, and that system looks likely to continue in the sequel. PlanetSide 2s top end will be able to scoot into battle on a quadbike, hop off to climb into a tank, eviscerate enemy defences from behind and jet out in a fighter gunship.

The games potential customisation makes that process even more exciting. Maybe a players invested in a cloaking suit to let him wreak havoc behind enemy lines after hes hopped off his quadbike. Maybe hes outfitted his Reaver gunship with faster engines to whizz out of trouble before anti-air MAX suits mini-mechs with men inside lock their flak cannons on target. Or he couldve given his Reaver extra firepower: instead of fleeing, he support his squads push from the air with barrages of air-to-surface rockets.

The glee of charting a Reaver gunship over scurrying humans below is one Matt Higby knows well. Weve been playing with a lot of the air mechanics so Ive been playing air vehicles the most. Each of our fighters has its own skill tree that lets you customise it to be an air fighter, an air-to-ground fighter, a super fast reconnaissance craft, all from one plane.

Matt satisfies his aerial fixation with his other favourite class: the light assault jump-jetter. He doesnt have a jetpack, but he can jump over walls; a counter for snipers. You can jump-jet behind them and take them out with assault rifles.

Matt leans heavily on Modern Warfare and Battlefield as combat touchstones, but theres space on Auraxis for people whove never before raised a gun in anger. Were an FPS first, but we have a lot of support roles. The Medic and Engineer are focused on healing and support.

Our mission system does two things really well. Theres a lot of people who want to play an FPS. They just click their high-imperative attack mission or important defend mission and pop, off they go. But these objectives are created by players. If youre a commander, squad leader or even a guild leader, you can just place objectives in that mission system and people who arent interested in any of that leadership stuff will complete them.

PlanetSiders interested in leadership progress up the ranks of their guild the higher they rise, the higher priority missions they can create. You might spend much of your time under the command of a squad leader carving a swathe across one of Auraxis continents, before getting the call from your guilds top brass, asking you to reinforce a push half a world away with 200 of your brothers.

Leadership is still important at squad level. Different ranks can set different granularities of objectives. During the high-priority attacks, the squad leader can say, Were going to attack this turret, that gate, this generator.

Leaders at any level get experience for creating and completing missions, just as grunts get similar boosts for doing the legwork. If thats not incentive enough to join up permanently with other players, Matt explains the exciting guild mechanics. Our guilds are called Outfits and have their own progression. You could have a tank guild thats unlocked specific tank advantages. That creates an aspirational thing where new players want to drive a tank and join this guild because theyre the best tank drivers in the game.

Imagine calling in the rest of your outfit to roll in on an enemy-held base, and seeing a tank column as long as your draw distance rolling over the horizon. Thats potentially the kind of gaming moment you tell your grandkids about.

On top of outfits, SOE are adding a faction-based metagame to keep the endless battle interesting. Factions now earn resources from capturing bases. Hold one of these for a long time and youll start to see the benefit in your armoury, as Matt explains. The Vanu Sovereignty might need Araxia a rare resource in order to put railguns on their Magrider tanks. You really dont want to deal with Magriders when theyve got railguns, so you and your leadership might think that the best tactic is to go and take over all the places on the map that have Araxia and take the bases back.

Even eight years later, PlanetSides core concept is exhilarating. SOE havent changed too much for PlanetSide 2, but the idea of an MMOFPS is still so fresh and unexplored that the reincarnation of these mechanics is welcome.

And the future of the game looks bright. PlanetSide 1 suffered from blinkered development as designers took it underground. Matts adamant the sequel wont suffer the same fate. He spoke about a three-year plan for the game, discussing the potential for sea battles and player-built cities. But key to any future movements is community input.

Maybe well think its a really great idea for us to put satellite-launching into the game, right? And maybe theyll think that thats bullshit, but everybody really thinks its an awesome idea to have mountable Tyrannosaurus Rex in the game. Everyone really wants that. Thats a really cool opportunity to do what the community wants to to do with those long-term plans. Theres a calendar, but its not set in stone.

Wait, how do you get a certification in Tyrannosaur riding? I can totally see the guys on Something Awful voting that to be the top thing and then being all pissed off when we dont put it in the game!


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Game of the Year 2012

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When is this coming out 12/12/12?

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No definitive answer from SoE yet. They have been taking an ArenaNet (Guild Wars) approach by saying they don't want to release it until its ready for prime time.

That being said, Higby has let out that sometime between Dec 11 and Feb 12 there will be a beta. My expectations are an April of 2012 Live Launch.


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