Released in 2012 for the PC, Sony's own PlanetSide 2 seemed like a shoo-in for the PlayStation 4, especially with Sony's announcement that the console would fully support free-to-play games. In fact, we even commented on the fact that PlanetSide 2 would hit the PS4 on our rumors game page. A week before E3 2013, Sony made it official that PlanetSide 2 was on its way for PlayStation 4 and that the game will see improvements over the PC version.
At first glance, PlanetSide 2 looks like just another online first-person shooter; however, look a bit closer and you'll find something much more. Yes, PlanetSide 2 is a first-person shooter, where players will permanently align their character with one of three factions when the game begins. What PlanetSide 2 does differently is dropping players into a persistent open-world featuring a constantly updating map as all three factions fight for control of territory. Make a successful push and a territory is yours along with the bonuses it confers or defend your territory to repel enemy soldiers.
Add in both ground and air vehicles and the best way to describe PlanetSide 2 is like Battlefield but on a much more massive scale. PlanetSide 2's maps are absolutely huge, with one map equaling more than 10 Battlefield 3 maps side by side! PlanetSide 2 offers squad and clan support, giving you the option to be a lone wolf, team with a squad of friends or ally yourself with a clan all in an attempt to defeat your opponents.
Whether it's fighting alone or with a group, there is always something to do in PlanetSide 2 and the thrill of combat never wears off. The game features unlockable guns and skills but the starting weapons are already powerful, so you never feel like you're at a disadvantage.
PlanetSide 2 will remain a free-to-play game on the PlayStation 4 and a PlayStation Plus account is not required to play online. Guns and skills can be unlocked via gameplay or you can purchase them with real money to unlock them early. Cosmetic options can only be purchased with real money but do not give you an edge in battle, so players who pay have no advantage over those who don't.
PlayStation 4 Advantages
Adam Clegg, game designer for PlanetSide 2, has confirmed that the PlayStation 4 version of the game will look much better than the PC version. This is because the developers are optimizing the game for one specific platform instead of many different PCs. Likewise, the game's controls will be reworked to take advantage of the DualShock 4 controller, as you would expect: more in-depth information is provided below.
Game updates will hit the PlayStation 4 and the PC at roughly the same time, however the PS4 version may lag behind by a few days just due to the certification process.
Unfortunately, characters on the PC version of the game will not transfer over to the PlayStation 4 version due to separate login servers, or at least not initially. It has been mentioned that this is something that has the potential of happening, but Sony wants to see if the interest is there before integrating this feature.
No Cross-Platform Play
Not only will characters possibly not transfer over, but PS4 players and PC players won't even be able to play together. Creative director of Planetside 2 Matt Higby confirmed this with Eurogamer in a recent interview:
"Because of the update cadence, and the additional steps you have to go through to be able to release an update on the PlayStation network, we're not going to be able to keep our servers in sync, so you won't be able to just play with the same people."
DualShock 4 Features
Higby also confirmed in the same interview that PlanetSide 2 will take advantage of the DualShock 4's motion sensing capabilities:
"Motion control for things like the flight model is going to be in there. In terms of things like the light bar I'm not sure exactly how we're going to use it." Higby then elaborates on other potential features of the controller, as he states "but we have talked about having things like using the microphone and the speaker. We've talked about having things like your squad voice over IP coming out of your controller, and then you have the sound of the game coming out of here. For people who don't want to use a headset maybe, it's kind of a neat thing.
"And then yeah, the touchscreen," Higby concludes. "Since we haven't done our UI revamp to be able to get the game a bit more console-friendly, the touchscreen right now allows us to use it in the user interface and we'll have some of the same functionality."
It's been confirmed that you will be able to use the DualShock 4's touch pad to navigate PlanetSide 2's interface.
We've now learned that PlanetSide 2 will make ample use of the rumble features of the DualShock 4, with each weapon providing a different degree and pattern of rumble. Sony believes this will make every weapon in the game feel even more unique than they already do.
You'd expect a PlayStation 4 game to look good, right? According to PlanetSide 2 creative director Matt Higby, in an interview with Gamezone, this game won't disappoint.
" The PS4 version will be nearly identical to the PC version, with the exception of the User Interface. If you turned up your PC version to Ultra, that’s how it’s going to look on PS4."
The below video is the PC version of PlanetSide 2 running at Ultra settings just to give you an idea of what to expect with the PlayStation 4 version.
Bonuses For Switching to PS4
In an interview with PlayStation LifeStyle, Senior Art Director Tramell Isaac mentioned that players who switched from the PC version of the game to the PS4 version will receive some kind of reward:
"We are talking about doing some porting of the characters or something like that for the people who are already playing the game, but we don’t have any definitive details on that. But, we are definitely trying to make sure the PC players who want to play on PS4 get something in return"
What do you think the crossover reward should be? Also see our PS4 vs. PC article.
PlanetSide 2 was not available at the PlayStation 4's launch. As mentioned earlier, the game will be a free download on the PlayStation 4 Network.
A rumor was swirling that the PlanetSide 2 beta will begin on June 20th, 2014 (which didn't pan out) and be open to all PlayStation 4 owners, with the "final" version of the game releasing by the end of the year. It looks the game is still on track for that release date, as Sony has made comments in September 2014 that the game is "undergoing the final polishes for UI and controller support."
As 2014 draws to a close, it seems PlanetSide 2 may not make it out on time, but Sony has mentioned that a public beta will definitely be occurring before the end of the year. Expect the beta to likely drop in December, since November is almost over and we don't expect Sony to deliver it before or during the Thanksgiving holiday.
We now have a confirmed date for the beta -- January 20th, 2014. It will be a closed beta, and Sony will invite "a few thousand" gamers to test the game out. Keep an eye on your inbox!
Will you be getting PlanetSide 2 or has another free-to-play game caught your eye?
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Article by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 6/18/2013