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CMaster
27-04-2012, 04:12 PM
OK, so the existence of a RPS Planetside 2 outfit seems pretty much inevitable, given that Jim at least seems pretty excited about the game.

The question to get all irate about of course is which side do you want us to be on?

My Planetside experience is limited to 6 months or so serving as a reservist for the Vanu. Despite some of the crap unique variants (Aurora, I'm looking at you here) and an uninspiring heavy weapon (Lasher), I'd quite like to play as Vanu again. The way units like the MagRider were weaker than the other faction's tanks, but had the flexibility to achieve things the others couldn't was something I really enjoyed. I also feel a little closer to Technofetishism as a side philosophy, than I do to Authoritarianism or Ayn Randism, but that doesn't make a big difference to me. Also, manly purple!

Right, feel free to flame away about why we have to be NC or TR.

Heliocentric
27-04-2012, 04:36 PM
vanu have flying tanks/thread
Long form:
I don't care if I win. If my tank has 3% lower damage and that means I need one more hit to win, I am okay with that as long as I have a reason to use the weaker option. Amphibious assaults *no one else can do* are awesome. Hell you can abandon the sub standard tank for infantry combat or maybe you'll use a river to qualify a retreat or perform ambushes. Sure it might have no baring, but when it does? Thats awesome.

StrangLove
27-04-2012, 06:58 PM
I can't help but think that the aesthetic style of the VS doesn't quite fit RPS, and I'd tend towards the TR as far as looks are concerned. I have no real gameplay qualms about the RPS group being VS based though, and hovertanks are pretty cool.

Having never had the money for Planetside the first time round, I've no idea how this is going to work as far as cross-faction vehicles work. Will I be able to fly a Galaxy as the VS, or is it an NC aircraft only? I've only seen it in those colours, so that's my basis for this hypothesis.

Finally, does anyone else see a similarity between the three faction's styles and the style of the factions in Supreme Commander? Maybe the SC devs took inspiration not only from Total Annihilation but also from Planetside? It'd be interesting to see whether that was the case or not.

CMaster
27-04-2012, 08:24 PM
In the original Planetside, there were three types of vehicles - generic vehicles, available to all factions (this covers pretty much all transport units including the galaxy, most aircraft, etc), faction vehicles (Main battle tanks, BFRs, other "signature" vehicles) and unique variants - so the basic generic vehicle, with a twist - eg teh Deliverer variants (thankfully for the Vanu, very few NC players seemed to have realised that the Thunderer, their APC variant, was actually a pretty much even match for the Magrider, the Vanu MBT.

Smashbox
27-04-2012, 08:36 PM
Have they said anything about server structures yet? Geographic zones?

Harlander
28-04-2012, 09:07 AM
I can't help but think that the aesthetic style of the VS doesn't quite fit RPS

What?

Wait, what?

Heliocentric
28-04-2012, 09:43 AM
Maybe the SC devs took inspiration not only from Total Annihilation but also from Planetside? It'd be interesting to see whether that was the case or not.Dibs on the Monkey Lord.

But the RPS colours were defined in Mass effect coop as being Red maincoat, Purple sheen and Silver decals. I guess both Vanu and TC (Barney and Elmo ) are suitable in that way.

Ayam
28-04-2012, 10:35 AM
I enjoyed playing as a Terran in the original, I'm quite happy to join the Vanu if that's the way RPS will swing. Cool outfit leaders, officers/squad leaders and fellow grunts is what I'm most looking forward to, even if it is in facehugger-hugging purple.

bonkers
12-05-2012, 07:08 PM
So, to bump this as the dedicated Planetside 2 thread. It has become a bit silent around the game but as it seems more news are incoming. This weekend Total Buiscuit is visiting the devs and bringig lots of video material and info with him :)

Does anyone of you decide which side you wann play to pick up the topic of the thread? I have never really tried Planetside outside one or two free trial time. But for me Vanu seem to be interesting from their backstory and I like crazy techology stuff. The other two factions seem to be too "normal". The Conglomerate seems to have some experimental stuff too, but not fancy enough for me ;)

And, anyone able to get a beta key from PC Gamer? Tried to import it, but no chance. Or when it was possible the costs were just astronomical.

DWZippy
13-05-2012, 09:21 AM
I was a Vanu pilot in the original conflict. If I'm getting back in my liberator, ideally I'd like it to be for the VS.

bonkers
25-05-2012, 10:26 AM
So, as promissed TotalBiscuit brought some footage with him.
For those who haven't seen it already, here it is. And it's pretty, pretty awesome /imho

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6HgC6Exs0U

And as the board doesn't allow me to post more then one video in video-tags:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjsd5uouw9I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptGe-UplC34

frenz0rz
25-05-2012, 11:23 AM
What, no votes for New Conglomerate?

The JG Man
25-05-2012, 01:05 PM
I don't know which side to fight on, I never played the original, but it looks awesome and I will prostitute myself to the side that seems most fu...


vanu have flying tanks/thread


...we have a winner!

apricotsoup
25-05-2012, 01:49 PM
I didn't play the original but am highly looking forward to getting my grubby mitts on this.

No real preference for sides.

Winged Nazgul
25-05-2012, 02:51 PM
NC4Lyfe as you can see glimpses of me running around in this old video:


http://youtu.be/rkmv8pSKZyo

Sceptrum
26-05-2012, 09:54 AM
Like JG, I've never played the original. But flying tanks sounds like a winner to me too ;)

ColOfNature
26-05-2012, 02:29 PM
Transhuman technofetishists with jetpacks and hovertanks in fabulous purple livery. What's to discuss?

bonkers
26-05-2012, 03:59 PM
Transhuman technofetishists with jetpacks and hovertanks in fabulous purple livery. What's to discuss?
Purple

;)
(10characters)

Bankrotas
26-05-2012, 07:43 PM
Purple is a royal colour. Trying to get more interested in the game.

grinn
27-05-2012, 10:46 AM
I played the original for a year or so on the TR side. Throughout that period I wished I was on the NC side. Hefty punch to the guns and tanks. TR were also fun and definitely looked coolest in my opinion. Faster rate of fire and movement than NC in the long run makes them an even match.

What about Vanu? Screw Vanu! They're quite powerful tbh, but their piu piu laser/pulse/crappy sci-fi energy weapons makes them feel plasticy and seriously - who wants to look like a slightly more streamlined version of Ireland's Eurovision entry. SO either NC or TR would do, but pleaseeee not Vanu:

http://youtu.be/O_9QaVC-NKw



(http://youtu.be/O_9QaVC-NKw)

EBass
27-05-2012, 10:58 AM
Yea I hated the vanu in the original, their whole aesthetic "pew pew we have fancy pretty light guns and our vehicles mince across the map" never appealed to me. NC vote from me, but TR would be acceptable.

bonkers
27-05-2012, 12:11 PM
NC always seems to be the least common denominator so the outfit being NC isn't unlikely ;)

Peter Radiator Full Pig
27-05-2012, 10:48 PM
Who got the fastest vechicles? I have a need for speed and a distace for travel times.

Heliocentric
28-05-2012, 01:05 AM
who wants to look like a slightly more streamlined version of Ireland's Eurovision entry

^_^

If its wrong then I don't want to be right.

Danny252
28-05-2012, 04:50 PM
Having seen TB's videos, I am somewhat depressed that I never played Planetside 1.

Oh well, I shall have to make it up and play #2 instead!

As for a team, I liked those guys with the guns. That shoot.

frenz0rz
28-05-2012, 06:14 PM
Perhaps CMaster should start tallying people's votes in the OP? There doesnt appear to be much love for TR so far, which is fine by me; I want the shootiest guns, the tankiest tanks and the heaviest gunships, so my vote is NC all the way.

Heliocentric
28-05-2012, 06:37 PM
NC rapid fire weapons often had you forced to try and maintain line of sight to be optimal. As NC I was often given to use anti tank weaponry (a 3 rocket chain rpg) for skirmishing, not a bad thing specifically as it had great utility.

grinn
28-05-2012, 08:56 PM
Would like to try something different to TR, so NC is also preferable but TR also acceptable.

Sketch
28-05-2012, 08:58 PM
After watching/reading about this, I am thoroughly excited to be killed a lot in this game. Yay!

Salix
29-05-2012, 05:34 PM
Any side would be fine, I just want to play this. :P

bonkers
29-05-2012, 07:52 PM
Who got the fastest vechicles? I have a need for speed and a distace for travel times.
If memory servers me right Vanu-specific vehicles are in general a bit faster but also more fragile. But all factions have fast vehicles. So in the end "speed" isn't really the criteria to choose a faction. But it might depend on how many "common pool" vehicles (accessible by all factions) are in the game.

Coccyx
30-05-2012, 05:13 PM
Having looked at the new mech suits, I'm definitely most interested in the vanu. Theirs is all sleek and lazery.

http://media.pcgamer.com/files/2012/05/vsmax2_2.jpg
http://media.pcgamer.com/files/2012/05/VSmax.jpg

frenz0rz
30-05-2012, 05:45 PM
Just out of interest, does every faction get Galaxy dropships? I really fancy the idea of being a Galaxy pilot and I'd hate to unwittingly pledge my allegience to a faction that doesnt have them.

Edit:

Just found a picture of the NC Galaxy. Oh my, yes please.

http://www.planetside-universe.com/media/album/ddu5pvtd3g/Galaxy_30.jpg

bonkers
30-05-2012, 08:34 PM
Yep, the Galaxy is (currently) supposed to be th primary troop transport and mobile spawn. So Galaxy pilots will be highly needed across all factions.

Heliocentric
30-05-2012, 09:02 PM
Is the Flying skip still in planetside?
http://www.planetside-idealab.com/images/lodestar_recharge_veh2b.jpg

It repairs thing in and near it, load up with an AMS, ditch a hundred meters from the engagement zone in cover, throw up the AMS's cloak and you have a stealth repair and spawn depot.

frenz0rz
30-05-2012, 09:18 PM
Is the Flying skip still in planetside?


On second thoughts, balls to the Galaxy - I want to fly that!

Heliocentric
30-05-2012, 09:20 PM
F@[K, everything vanu looks terrible in the reboot! I used to like a bunch of their aesthetics but now its rubbish, here's glad its a first person game :P.

Edlennion
31-05-2012, 12:20 PM
I never played the original, but this is looking incredible so I can't wait for this to release!

As for faction, looking at the pics, my vote would go for the NC. But I'm not too bothered really.

frenz0rz
31-05-2012, 04:45 PM
Got my PC Gamer VIP beta access code in the post today, wooo!

Coccyx
31-05-2012, 05:08 PM
Also got my golden ticket, which means this decision needs to be made soonish rather than laterish. What's the best way of creating a (preferably rigged in favour of the vanu) poll?

jimangi
31-05-2012, 05:13 PM
I know little about the differences between the factions, but the Vanu have the cool, sleek, lazerey mechs so they're the ones I'm most interested in.

Winged Nazgul
31-05-2012, 05:27 PM
Quite simple really. Do you want to be known as a Barney, Elmo, or Smurf?

apricotsoup
31-05-2012, 06:51 PM
The more I look, the more I'm interested in using weapons with a solid punch instead of lasers.

Not that I still have huge preferences either way, but I'm leaning a little against the pinkpy purple bleeper people.

Coccyx
31-05-2012, 06:53 PM
But... what did the pinkpy purple bleeper people ever do to you? Pinkpy purple bleeper people are the backbone of our society! Salt of the earth, those Pinkpy purple bleeper people. Shame on you.

Bankrotas
01-06-2012, 10:30 AM
I give thee 1h long info about the game.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onvySU5NkFo&feature=g-u-u

StrangLove
01-06-2012, 12:32 PM
Having watched that, my vote is with NC. Guns, Guns, Guns.

frenz0rz
01-06-2012, 02:06 PM
Just watched that video and I am now giddy with excitement.

Also, while my vote is still very much for NC, that Vanu fighter looked absolutely superb.

frenz0rz
06-06-2012, 01:02 AM
I am... THE NEW CONGLOMERATE!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=r_htNqTRnv0

Winged Nazgul
06-06-2012, 01:06 AM
TB livestreaming PS2 at E3 right now:

http://www.twitch.tv/totalbiscuit

frenz0rz
06-06-2012, 01:17 AM
TB livestreaming PS2 at E3 right now:

http://www.twitch.tv/totalbiscuit

Is that still going? Just getting a black screen here.

Winged Nazgul
06-06-2012, 01:18 AM
Sorry, just ended. Didn't realize it was only going to be a 2 hour event when I posted that.

frenz0rz
06-06-2012, 01:26 AM
Sorry, just ended. Didn't realize it was only going to be a 2 hour event when I posted that.

Ah ok no probs. Hopefully he'll post the footage on his channel or something.

apricotsoup
06-06-2012, 10:52 AM
Whilst I do like the way the vanu vehicles handle.

I think I'm falling more for the NC. Smurf or no smurf, I like hitting hard :]

bonkers
06-06-2012, 11:54 AM
I am soooo hyped! That's all I have to say right now :D

Winged Nazgul
06-06-2012, 07:20 PM
Ah ok no probs. Hopefully he'll post the footage on his channel or something.

Yup. Part 1 just showed up:


http://youtu.be/fLakXgelJGY

apricotsoup
06-06-2012, 07:33 PM
I have to say, I keep bouncing back and forth between factions I like.

I should like the NC more but I really don't like the look of them, I know a lot of the colours can be altered with camo and things but they still look a bit too power ranger-y.

frenz0rz
06-06-2012, 08:04 PM
I have to say, I keep bouncing back and forth between factions I like.

I should like the NC more but I really don't like the look of them, I know a lot of the colours can be altered with camo and things but they still look a bit too power ranger-y.

Thats odd, I always thought Vanu looked like more power rangers, what with the skin-tight lycra suits and garish purple.

Winged Nazgul
06-06-2012, 08:07 PM
NC are Power Rangers by way of The Flintstones.

bonkers
08-06-2012, 10:21 PM
Jump to minute 11 for awesome night-time fighting. Just started watching so cant redirect you to other awesome timecodes ;)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xcmHYuUbn0

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xcmHYuUbn0)I realy need beta key. Sooooo badly!

Coccyx
09-06-2012, 12:09 PM
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xcmHYuUbn0)I realy need beta key. Sooooo badly!

How Badly? 6.00 of badly? I got my key with the latest issue of PCGamer magazine.

postinternetsyndrome
09-06-2012, 02:31 PM
I'm voting for New Conglomerate. I'm not a fan of lasers. Projectiles and exposed joints all the way.

bonkers
09-06-2012, 08:54 PM
How Badly? 6.00 of badly? I got my key with the latest issue of PCGamer magazine.
Nah, not that badly. Especially since closed beta won't be that long until the game goes into open beta. At least from what was said during the livestream.

Heliocentric
09-06-2012, 09:01 PM
Nah, not that badly. Especially since closed beta won't be that long until the game goes into open beta. At least from what was said during the livestream.

I used to adore PCG, 6 for a thinner and thinner magazine which cant even argue that the disc drives up the price after ditching it?
*le sigh*
Edge is a nice read, cheaper and chunkier, but it keeps going on about obviously terrible games because the publishers pump so much anabolic graphics into them, but I'd happily subscribe to both magazines if they could sort out their bloody digital pricing.

Coccyx
09-06-2012, 09:15 PM
I used to adore PCG, 6 for a thinner and thinner magazine which cant even argue that the disc drives up the price after ditching it?
*le sigh*


3 if you subscribe. I may be wrong, but haven't the issues been longer since they got rid of the disk? It was supposed to be more of a swapping focus thing than a lowering the price thing.

Heliocentric
09-06-2012, 09:55 PM
3 if you subscribe. I may be wrong, but haven't the issues been longer since they got rid of the disk? It was supposed to be more of a swapping focus thing than a lowering the price thing.

Credit/Debit Card 2 Years
107.99
Thats 4.50, Show me 3 and i'd subscribe

bonkers
09-06-2012, 10:06 PM
At least it's good to know that it's not a German issue that it's getting harder and harder to find good print gaming magazines (or digitals which dont require a tablet). The last one I read was called GEE, a very good read with articles about topics you would never find in all the other mags. But they went completely digital because they could no longer afford the high quality printing they did. I would still read them, but I don't have a tablet so this little gem is lost for me.

Heliocentric
09-06-2012, 10:08 PM
I would still read them, but I don't have a tablet so this little gem is lost for me.
Touch screen phones can often emulate tablet readers, just a thought.

Coccyx
09-06-2012, 11:12 PM
Credit/Debit Card 2 Years
107.99
Thats 4.50, Show me 3 and i'd subscribe

Ah, I recall now that they run specials roughly every year which allow you to subscribe extra cheaply as a reward (you can pick one of several if you sub for a year or over). I've been getting mine that way for 3 years now.

bonkers
10-06-2012, 10:58 AM
Touch screen phones can often emulate tablet readers, just a thought.
I dont own one of those either ;)

frenz0rz
14-06-2012, 07:08 PM
Looks like a few clever people figured out how to download the beta client early, consequently leaking numerous art assets and the entire original soundtrack. And what a soundtrack.

Terran Republic:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V53SA09lj_s

frenz0rz
14-06-2012, 07:09 PM
Vanu Sovereignty:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cdv13cHWl4U

frenz0rz
14-06-2012, 07:11 PM
New Conglomerate:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbAZp0hAfyY

Im getting a very Frank Klepaki vibe with a lot of this music. It feels very House Atreides/Harkonnen/Ordos to me, for those of you awesome enough to have played Emperor: Battle for Dune.

Edit: Just listen to that NC Main Theme at 6:12. Hot damn.

frenz0rz
14-06-2012, 07:17 PM
And another:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDKWcyUkIhg&feature=youtu.be

Coccyx
14-06-2012, 10:58 PM
This may just be wishful thinking, but does that mean the beta is nearly upon us?

StrangLove
14-06-2012, 11:21 PM
Shit, that Vanu soundtrack is outstanding. A pity they look like neon disco-troopers.

EDIT: the NC one sounds a little hawaii 5-0...

http://youtubedoubler.com/?video1=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3 Dr_htNqTRnv0&start1=6&video2=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D hwhvByj8YG8&start2=5&authorName=meahwahwah

bonkers
14-06-2012, 11:54 PM
This may just be wishful thinking, but does that mean the beta is nearly upon us?
Well, they said on E3 that closed beta is not that far away. Whatever that means. But I would suspect closed beta to start around end of July or mid-August. But thats just me and my magic 8ball.

frenz0rz
15-06-2012, 12:17 AM
Well, they said on E3 that closed beta is not that far away. Whatever that means. But I would suspect closed beta to start around end of July or mid-August. But thats just me and my magic 8ball.

I cant find the video now, but one of the devs said in an interview at E3 that closed beta would start within the next few weeks, with open beta starting a few weeks afterwards. First access to closed beta goes to PS1 vets, E3 key holders and PCG key holders (yay!).

Its probably also worth noting that the whole reason we have this music is that some people figured out how to download the beta client early, and by doing so have extracted music, models, maps and all kinds of fancy shizz. SOE are currently banned anyone on the forums who says how it was done, but this clearly shows that the beta is coming soon.

Oh, and for those interested, apparently a dev on the forums mentioned that some of the NC music is actually placeholder, and that the synth guitar riffs have since been recorded properly with, y'know, a guitar. Not sure how true that is but it sounds fairly plausible.

postinternetsyndrome
15-06-2012, 01:00 AM
That NC music actually put me off the faction a bit.

Aerothorn
15-06-2012, 05:46 AM
Also an NC vote here, with TR as second place. I was in a Vanu outfit for a while in the original Planetside, and while I very much appreciated them as one of the game's factions, it ended up that I liked fighting against them much more than fighting for them. And now that everyone gets jumpjets, they've lost one of their draws.

And yeah, OP should tally these. I want to know who to join the minute beta launches.

apricotsoup
15-06-2012, 10:27 AM
My vote atm is for TR or VS, probably leaning towards the vanu now I've seen more footage with them having some beefier guns.

Also the VS has the best music score :]

Would be quite nice to see a vote for faction though I get the feeling people are getting quite into certain factions and may refuse to play together :D

StrangLove
15-06-2012, 10:54 AM
Whichever way it goes, there's gonna be a Rock, Traitor, Shotgun group :P

Salix
15-06-2012, 01:42 PM
That is some very very nice music although I think the TR stuff isn't quite as good as the others. Guess that's as good a reason as any to change my vote to NC or VS.

Coccyx
15-06-2012, 03:57 PM
I went ahead and made a poll over at http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/forums/showthread.php?5254-Rock-Paper-WHICH-SIDE-ALREADY-(with-poll). In the accompanying post I suggest we go with the leading faction when the closed beta launches.

StrangLove
15-06-2012, 04:07 PM
Will there be a stat-reset, or character-reset at the end of the closed beta? I really think we should try out all the factions in the closed, and possibly open betas, before choosing to stick with one properly.

Coccyx
15-06-2012, 04:16 PM
I suspect there won't be any resetting. Still, you have a point. What if we have two more votes after this one, once for the when it goes from closed to open beta and another when it's released proper? People could still try out the factions on there own or even in organised groups.

bonkers
15-06-2012, 06:15 PM
I suspect some resetting during beta, but that depends on how much stuff they are gonna change during beta and how long it's going to last. But I think they wont reset from a certain point on so that new players can profit from beta players equipment. Especially with stuff like the Galaxy.

Winged Nazgul
26-06-2012, 04:39 PM
Calling all vets:


http://twitter.com/mhigby/status/217640050379341824



Want to join in on the 7/1 PlanetSide day but haven't played in years? All past PlanetSide players are getting 30 days game time this week!

bonkers
26-06-2012, 05:07 PM
Out of the Facebook App thingy
Just Facebook users but still interesting in terms of the "faction distribution" discussion that came up earlier.

apricotsoup
26-06-2012, 06:44 PM
That's a lovely image.

Surprised to see NC behind but I still have no desire to play them even if I usually like the underdogs.

Aerothorn
26-06-2012, 11:55 PM
I don't think population balance will be an issue; I suspect they'll just reuse or modify Planetside's system of giving bonuses (experience and otherwise) to the popular with the lowest population at any given time; most people have alts and will use that alt at the time.

Of course, the difference is that instead of leveling up a single character on a given side, we'll now be leveling up six characters (that is, it sounds like each class will have its own skill tree, etc). So that might make alts less appealing, though one could simply specialized in different classes. Each one of them looks really appealing to me, though I suspect I'll be spending a disproportionate amount of my time as an infiltrator, combat medic, AA Max, and pilot (because it sounds like they have a real flight model this time and I can lug out the joystick).

StrangLove
27-06-2012, 12:12 AM
Pretty sure (not rock solid) that cert points will be universal for that character, and usable on anything you choose, so you won't be leveling a class at all, unless you really commit.

That said, I may be misinterpreting what you've typed, so I'm sorry if that's the case. I personally expect to roll Pilot (Lib or Reaver), Heavy assault (certing into AA missile launcher type things, if at all possible), Light assault (Jetpacks + Shotguns? Yes please!) and some dabbling with AA tank type builds. I'm really looking forwards to both playing the game, and toying with the customisation options, the game is really looking excellent.

frenz0rz
04-07-2012, 08:27 AM
Just a heads up - the first technical test apparently starts in a few days according John Smedley's twitter feed (https://twitter.com/j_smedley/status/220213796185186305).

I assume some of you got the email requesting PC specs last week?

Coccyx
04-07-2012, 08:57 AM
YES!

-insert more obligatory words of excitement in order to go over the minimum word count'

StrangLove
04-07-2012, 09:15 AM
Bear in mind the technical test will be a very small selection of people. That said, it does mean we're a little closer to beta.

bonkers
04-07-2012, 10:56 AM
I assume some of you got the email requesting PC specs last week?
Just. But when I click the link nothing happens, with nothing as in: there is no option when I log in... Or does it only apply for people who already have a beta key?
The info on this issue are rather confusing. Thought it would be one of those "add your specs to be able to get beta access someday" kind of thing.

apricotsoup
04-07-2012, 11:02 AM
Aw, I didn't receive the email.

Hopefully we're moving towards beta soon.

Danny252
04-07-2012, 01:38 PM
Just a heads up - the first technical test apparently starts in a few days according John Smedley's twitter feed (https://twitter.com/j_smedley/status/220213796185186305).

I assume some of you got the email requesting PC specs last week?

Wait, that was legit? The fact it automatically went into my spam folder, came from "e-sonyonline.com" (totally not a suspicious-looking url or anything), wanted me to click on a link with a pile of random letters in it, and had a pile of awards for a game not even in beta had me thinking I really shouldn't touch it!

StrangLove
04-07-2012, 02:00 PM
Wait, that was legit? The fact it automatically went into my spam folder, came from "e-sonyonline.com" (totally not a suspicious-looking url or anything), wanted me to click on a link with a pile of random letters in it, and had a pile of awards for a game not even in beta had me thinking I really shouldn't touch it!

It's legit, according to the dev's twitterings.

If it doesn't work for anyone, set your browser's language to EN-US. That fixed it for me.

Those awards are all from E3, so it doesn't really matter whether the game is in beta or not.

Danny252
04-07-2012, 03:56 PM
Well, it didn't eat my computer, so I guess it was for real. Now to sit and cross my fingers, hoping that I can get round to some good old shooting times soon...

Cooper
04-07-2012, 05:28 PM
Just. But when I click the link nothing happens, with nothing as in: there is no option when I log in... Or does it only apply for people who already have a beta key?
The info on this issue are rather confusing. Thought it would be one of those "add your specs to be able to get beta access someday" kind of thing.The issue seems to arise if your computer language is set to antyhing other than English (US). Either change that in the control panel, or add US-Eng to Firefox's list of languages.

As for the desired faction for an RPS outift? The Vanu have laser firing purple hover tanks. End of discussion, surely?

Aerothorn
05-07-2012, 06:39 PM
One issue that has worried me is how we are going to organize this in closed beta. Due to the NDA we won't be able to discuss it on the forums here. I suppose the best we can do is just post our character names (surely that's not an NDA violation?) here and on the steam group when/if we make it in before open beta so we can contact eachother.

But yes, they have said the technical test will be very short (it's just checking a bunch of boxes for different hardware configs) so I would expect closed beta to start in about a week.

Cooper
11-07-2012, 10:49 PM
If the rumours are anything to go by, beta starts tomorrow before midnight (GMT). Has anyone volunteered to create the outfit yet?

frenz0rz
12-07-2012, 08:33 AM
If the rumours are anything to go by, beta starts tomorrow before midnight (GMT). Has anyone volunteered to create the outfit yet?

Nooooo! Why oh why do I work night shift?!

Cooper
12-07-2012, 03:42 PM
My "shift" finishes at midnight (and by "shift" I mean the latest I can leave the office and still get a train home, given I'm a stinking postgrad who keeps his own time, which, actually, is the reason I'm working until midnight because I've spent the last 3 years keeping my own time and have got shit all writing done...)

So I - if haircuts are anything to go by - I plan to go home and play this.

StrangLove
12-07-2012, 03:51 PM
So I - if haircuts are anything to go by - I plan to go home and play this.

If by 'play this' you mean 'play planetside 2', I wouldn't count on it. No-one knows whether thursday signals the start of the tech-test or the actual closed beta, and in either case the number of selected people is gonna be very low. Even if you have a priority access key, you're not definitely gonna be in the first wave of people in the CBT. Still, here's hoping.

Aerothorn
13-07-2012, 02:44 AM
Actually, it is well known and has been made clear many times on twitter/at PSU; this is all about the start of external testing, i.e. the tech test. E-mails to the select group are going out tomorrow, wave 1 of closed beta will follow shortly after (one or two weeks probably).

However, this is currently USA only. Europe beta will follow.

Also there is a very, very high chance that progress will be wiped at the end of closed beta, both for balance reasons and to not let closed beta people "have an advantage." So any formed outfits will have to be re-formed.

http://www.planetside-universe.com/showthread.php?postid=780912#post780912

frenz0rz
13-07-2012, 08:17 AM
However, this is currently USA only. Europe beta will follow.

Havent seen this mentioned, where'd you see that?

If so, that sucks. I was really hoping to go give it a go this weekend as I have practically no free time midweek. Ah well... at least the Steam deals are up.

StrangLove
13-07-2012, 08:17 AM
However, this is currently USA only. Europe beta will follow.


http://www.planetside-universe.com/showthread.php?postid=780912#post780912

Got a quote on that?

Aerothorn
14-07-2012, 02:47 AM
Got a quote on that?

95% I saw this from a dev, lemme try and dig it up.

[10 minutes later]

Found it! From John Smedley (SOE CEO) twitter account, July 9th:

Some dude: "Is the tech test NA only?"
Smedley: "We will be doing a European one as well.. very soon."

I had previously read the EU beta will be a joint operation between SOE and whatever company it was that is handling EU servers. No official announcement yet, but expect it soon. Plus, only a tiny fraction of American players are in the current tech test. It will be a while till it opens up, and even then they are doing genuine testing, i.e. only at specific times and with specific scenarios ("Everybody use tanks!"). It's not one of those "beta test as demo" things until open beta at least.

StrangLove
14-07-2012, 10:31 AM
Ah, cool, thanks. That's a pity, I guess, but as long as we get in the beta at some point, I'm not massively fussed.

bonkers
14-07-2012, 01:14 PM
I had previously read the EU beta will be a joint operation between SOE and whatever company it was that is handling EU servers.
Just to pick that up: Euopean servers will be hosted by Sevengames.com (http://www.sevengames.com/) which belongs to ProSiebenSat1 Media AG, a German Media (TV) Group. They only have experience with F2P so I still wonder if they are the right choice for a game of this magnitude as they have absolutely no experience with a game of this scale. Let's just hope that SOE provides them with enough data on what is needed and Sevengames is willing to provide it accordingly.

At least I heaven't heard anything bad about the service yet. But that might be related to not really knowing anyone who is heavily into on of the provided games. Also ProSiebenSat1 is heavily investing into the platform and (as it seems) they really want to push for being THE eu publisher for F2P games. Which might be a good thing, if they are investing into quality at least.

I stilly remember the chaos that was Warhammer Online while running with GOA. Let's just hope PS2 runs fine with 7games.

Tei
14-07-2012, 01:43 PM
I use to play Planetside in the New Conglomerate faction.

To me the vanu are this weird group of people using alien weapons or alien looking stuff, my faction is terran, represent home, the humanity.

The red guys (forgot the faction name), is like a evil red communist army, his weapons are usually ugly, and looks like made by the soviet army.

Anyway theres more than one reason to use floating tanks. Specially if theres water bodies and can hover over the water.

StrangLove
14-07-2012, 05:50 PM
Just backing up what Aerothorn quoted: http://www.reddit.com/r/Planetside/comments/wju1y/a_ps1_beta_testers_impressions_of_ps2_after/c5dye6p

The rest of that thread is worth a read, Smedley answers a few interesting questions in there.

Aerothorn
14-07-2012, 07:20 PM
Just backing up what Aerothorn quoted: http://www.reddit.com/r/Planetside/comments/wju1y/a_ps1_beta_testers_impressions_of_ps2_after/c5dye6p

The rest of that thread is worth a read, Smedley answers a few interesting questions in there.

Between Twitter and Reddit I'm amazed this guy gets any work done ;)

bonkers
18-07-2012, 07:34 AM
One hour of unedited PS2 footage by TB. With Jesse yelling helplessly in the background. So basically it's their Terraria series ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjdloVQZ56M&feature=plcp

Also PSU has a Walktrough posted which the damn board doesn't want to post directly so follow this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTKM5CX5SWQ&feature=player_embedded) link.

Aerothorn
20-07-2012, 09:44 PM
EU servers are now up and running in beta!

http://www.planetside-universe.com/showthread.php?postid=794088#post794088

StrangLove
21-07-2012, 12:19 AM
I think that post means that the servers are working, not that the actual beta is happening currently, but either way it means we're one step closer to some awesome fights.

Alex Tru
21-07-2012, 12:55 AM
Yeah, they are currently just doing the Tech Test. The only people in now are the ones they had picked for their hardware specs.

egg651
21-07-2012, 08:57 PM
"we'll be holding where we are at for a bit on the tech test. Beta will likely start in a little over a week if things go well" (https://twitter.com/j_smedley/status/226535306604732416)

...

"that isn't a promise though. We still have issues to work out." (https://twitter.com/j_smedley/status/226535366113492992)

Aerothorn
21-07-2012, 09:31 PM
Sorry, terminological confusion. They consider the tech test to be part of the "beta process" so sometimes I refer to it as such, even though it's not.

WHAT I MEANT WAS: This is no longer NA exclusive. EU and Australia folk are now playing in the tech test, and the EU servers are running. Woo.

Wafflynumber
22-07-2012, 12:20 AM
Am I the only one getting overexcited about this game?

Aerothorn
22-07-2012, 03:45 AM
Am I the only one getting overexcited about this game?

Not even remotely, you should take a look at the Planetside: Universe boards. They have gone mad with desire and would probably sell their mother to slavery to get in the tech test.

bonkers
23-07-2012, 11:48 AM
Not even remotely, you should take a look at the Planetside: Universe boards. They have gone mad with desire and would probably sell their mother to slavery to get in the tech test.
So hard to read the forum these days. Everybody crying why they aren't in the tech test when they have priority to get into beta. And nobody caring about the elephant in the room...

westyfield
23-07-2012, 11:50 AM
So hard to read the forum these days. Everybody crying why they aren't in the tech test when they have priority to get into beta. And nobody caring about the elephant in the room...

...which is?

bonkers
24-07-2012, 10:21 AM
Maybe elephant in the room isn't exactly the right term (not a native speaker) but the thing is that PS1 veterans got ensured and "priority access to beta". Now many vets are upset because they are not in the techtest, which was said to happen before beta and be randomly chosen. For some strange reason a lot of them don't seem to understand that techtest is not beta and for a even stranger reason think that having "priority access to beta" includes "curanteed access to techtest". Maybe I missed something but for me this doesn't make any sense. At all.

westyfield
24-07-2012, 10:50 AM
Maybe elephant in the room isn't exactly the right term (not a native speaker) but the thing is that PS1 veterans got ensured and "priority access to beta". Now many vets are upset because they are not in the techtest, which was said to happen before beta and be randomly chosen. For some strange reason a lot of them don't seem to understand that techtest is not beta and for a even stranger reason think that having "priority access to beta" includes "curanteed access to techtest". Maybe I missed something but for me this doesn't make any sense. At all.

Ok, I see what you mean. There's a lot of whining about the tech test, the multiple beta stages (PS1 veterans, PC Gamer priority keys, normal keys, etc.) seem to have confused a lot of people, and everyone thinks they should be playing the game already.

Wubble69
21-08-2012, 11:43 AM
If the Beta existed I might just possibly have installed a peice of software ... possibly.

Anyways can I get a clarifications on the RPS Oufit situation.

I would assume that since most of the RPS founders were Vanu in PS1 that the RPS Outfit is Vanu? Also it just makes sense.

Is this the only thread for PS2 things?

I'll be Vanu regardless and if there's no RPS Outfit side I'll head back to the Immortal Serial Killers I guess.

Winged Nazgul
21-08-2012, 12:03 PM
If the Beta existed I might just possibly have installed a peice of software ... possibly.


You can drop the needless obfuscation. The current NDA states you can say you're in the beta or not.

Wubble69
21-08-2012, 12:45 PM
Have we heard anything from Swiss about his intentions?

I think with all the Vets getting their invites last night we need to get a Planetside folder structure or something sorted out.

I'm terribly excited so will propably post 1000 times today.

Cooper
21-08-2012, 02:51 PM
If the Beta existed I might just possibly have installed a peice of software ... possibly.

Anyways can I get a clarifications on the RPS Oufit situation.

I would assume that since most of the RPS founders were Vanu in PS1 that the RPS Outfit is Vanu? Also it just makes sense.

Is this the only thread for PS2 things?

I'll be Vanu regardless and if there's no RPS Outfit side I'll head back to the Immortal Serial Killers I guess.Check the other Planetside thread.

Cooper in game. Vanu. Euro server. Have held off creating the outfit until as and when outfit / character deletion is announced. There's a few of us in and "Rock, Planet, Shotgun" will be rolling soon enough.

Edit: Scratch that. Outfit controls seem to be disabled for now. Still, friends list is working fine for now.

Yargh
22-08-2012, 04:08 PM
Have we heard anything from Swiss about his intentions?

I think with all the Vets getting their invites last night we need to get a Planetside folder structure or something sorted out.

I'm terribly excited so will propably post 1000 times today.

Ah so it wasn't just me. Time to group up then.
I had fun last night, despite crashing out a few times.

Coccyx
22-08-2012, 10:52 PM
PCGamer keys in on Friday, apparently

https://twitter.com/j_smedley/status/238336410782941185

We should finally be able to get a proper squad going!

frenz0rz
22-08-2012, 11:23 PM
pcgamer keys in on friday, apparently

https://twitter.com/j_smedley/status/238336410782941185

we should finally be able to get a proper squad going!

yesyesyesyesyesyes

bonkers
23-08-2012, 09:21 AM
"Twitter priority keys will be within the next two weeks"

then we should finally be able to get a proper outfit going ^^

Acidburns
23-08-2012, 07:22 PM
Yo, for those of you in the Beta already my username ingame is Acidburns.

Cooper
23-08-2012, 07:56 PM
PCGamer keys in on Friday, apparently

https://twitter.com/j_smedley/status/238336410782941185

We should finally be able to get a proper squad going!Note: That's 5PM Pacific Time.

Which will be gone midnight UK time.

Aerothorn
25-08-2012, 07:41 AM
Note: That's 5PM Pacific Time.

Which will be gone midnight UK time.

Sadly, no Euro/USA cross-polination allowed during beta, so I think I'll be on my lonesome.

Sounds like NDA will be lifted within two weeks, though, which will make coordinaton easier. And even though it's a silly beta, PS2 has been the straw that broke the camel's back...I just ordered a new rig.

grinn
25-08-2012, 12:07 PM
Have we settled on Vanu as the RPS outfit? I really hate their purply pinky zippy guns.

Wafflynumber
25-08-2012, 12:27 PM
Is it true you can only dload the beta when the servers are up?

grinn
25-08-2012, 12:36 PM
Downloading mine now - will post alias once I m in. Only have a macbook to play it on till my desktop arrives in two weeks time.

Cooper
25-08-2012, 02:06 PM
Is it true you can only dload the beta when the servers are up?Smedley asked on twitter that incomers wait to download it until servers are up; as you'll just have to download it again when they do go up.

westyfield
25-08-2012, 02:18 PM
Smedley asked on twitter that incomers wait to download it until servers are up; as you'll just have to download it again when they do go up.

Can anyone explain why that is? What's different for someone downloading it this afternoon compared to someone who downloaded it last week?

frenz0rz
25-08-2012, 03:06 PM
Smedley claims that the servers will be up at 10am PST, which is 6pm GMT.

Cooper
25-08-2012, 05:48 PM
Can anyone explain why that is? What's different for someone downloading it this afternoon compared to someone who downloaded it last week?
No idea. But it's what they've said. Might be ok now.

bonkers
27-08-2012, 10:31 AM
So I'm finally in. Yay for that.
So servers while hopefully go up soon(ish. tm)

DWZippy
30-08-2012, 02:50 PM
Yeah, I'm in too.

Flying with the RPS NC crew though, really not sold on Vanu.