It may come as something of a surprise to you that you aren’t waging futuristic war on a massive scale while listening to “Ride of the Valkyries” right now. Speaking personally, it’s a thought that crosses my mind every day. Thing is, it’s actually not a minor form of mania today, as PlanetSide 2’s beta was supposed to have touched down by now. It is, however, nowhere to be found, and there’s a very good reason for that: a last-second delay – albeit, a pretty minor one.
SOE’s John Smedley took to Twitter to explain the rather conspicuous blank spot left behind by his company’s planet-sized MMOFPS:
“Beta likely going to start Friday or Monday. Had planned for today or tomorrow, but we have some stuff we need to make sure is awesome. The team is working like crazy, but we need to polish some stuff and test it before we let in a massive [number] of people.”
Hm, if SOE’s trying to make it awesome, I suppose I can forgive this slight slippage. In seriousness, though, PlanetSide 2’s beta is holding to the tenets of an actual test, so even with a bit of extra polish, SOE’s definitely not expecting it to go off without a hitch. So if I had to guess, I imagine this delay is the difference between features functioning at all versus crashing and burning outright.
At any rate, here’s everything you need to know about securing access to the beta – if you’re not in already. And to those who are, well, just be patient. He says while counting down the days and obsessively studying countless reels of gameplay footage.