PlanetSide 2’s PS4 beta ready for December

Yesterday, Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley had announced PlanetSide 2’s upcoming PlayStation 4 beta will commence sometime in mid-December. “Submitting for our first beta ( technical beta) in mid December for PlanetSide 2 on PS4. Game looks amazing,” said Smedley in a recent tweet. Furthermore, it seems like PlanetSide 2 won’t hit the previously-rumoured 60 frames-per-second achievement, although the President assures players the game’s lower FPS still offer a smooth experience. “zero way to pull of 60 in a game like this. Plays great though. Very smooth,” further explained Smedley.

For those of you unaware, know that PlanetSide 2 is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online first-person shooter published by Sony Online Entertainment and released on November 20th, 2012. It is a remake of PlanetSide, which was originally released in 2003. Officially announced on July 7th, 2011 at the Sony Fan Fair, the second instalment uses a new game engine and supports thousands of players in continuous large scale conflict. As in the first PlanetSide, PlanetSide 2 chronicles the efforts of three factions as they fight for territorial control of the planet Auraxis. PlanetSide 2 was announced for the PlayStation 4 video game console on June 5th, 2013.

As in the previous game, PlanetSide 2 features territory control in an open-world, large battles featuring up to 2000 players per continent on foot or in land/air vehicles. The territory system differs greatly from that of the original, being more free-form and based on a hexagonal territory control system. SOE has been taking into account balance issues from the first game. As stated by creative director Matthew Higby, they reward combatants on lower population empires through mechanics such as proportionally increased advancement rates and resources to aid the balance of overall empire saturation on each server as much as possible without force-restricting players from being able to play with their friends. It is a faster paced game than the original PlanetSide and holds the ability to feature potentially thousands of players.