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After Action Report: PlanetSide 2’s World Record Attempt

By Nick Rush-Cooper on January 26th, 2015.

I’m being flown westwards in a Galaxy dropship transport along with the 11 other players in bravo squad. A couple of dozen friendly fighter planes pass below us, heading north east, moving to support another battle elsewhere. Red tracers begin to fill my screen as we take fire from enemy flak positions supporting a battle in the north. Veering left, our pilot moves to approach our destination from the south.

I ask for a sitrep: delta squad have arrived in advance, and are watching enemy positions for activity. Alpha and charlie squad leaders report that they now have ground support vehicles en route. Seconds later I arrive with bravo and we drop onto our objective; a small building in the east of this base. Alpha and charlie squad begin finding placements for Sunderers (mobile infantry spawn vehicles) and I see another platoon drive up with support vehicles, take up positions and begin assaulting the western side of the same base.

Over half an hour ago we broke the world record for the largest number of players in an FPS battle, but there’s still an hour of laser war left in Planetside 2.

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Zombie A Go-Go! H1Z1 Launches Into Early Access

By Alice O'Connor on January 16th, 2015.

Eight-one seven nine ten dollars? Nice try, Johnny Oil. I'll take my business elsewhere.

Let’s get all this out the way first: yes, this post is about paying to access a beta of a DayZ ‘em up that will be free-to-play when it properly launches. This may not appeal to you; that’s fine. For the curious, let’s continue. Sony Online Entertainment yesterday launched their open-world zombie apocalypse survival multiplayer game H1Z1. SOE are bigger and have more resources than many folks making OWZASMPs (aʊ-sə-smʌp), so I’m interested in how this might end up.

Well, part of the answer at launch is “a bit buggy and making some grumpy about monetisation.”

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PlanetSide 2 Aims To Break Record For Most FPS Players

By Alice O'Connor on January 9th, 2015.

Not pictured: 1,100 players.

It’s all full now. Go home. Go break your own record. Or start planning your attempt to break this one.

“Dedication’s what you need if you wanna be a record breaker,” goes an old song. But ugh dedication is such an effort! Trying is a real hassle! No thank you. No, what you need is to find someone dedicated to organisation, then ride their coattails to a world record by joining in a ‘most people…’ attempt simply by turning up in a place at a time. Far easier.

And why, here’s just such an opportunity! PlanetSide 2 players are aiming to break the Guinness World Record for Most Players Online in an FPS Battle, and you could be one of them. The current record is 999 players, held by a game created solely to beat the first PlanetSide’s playercounts.

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Two Year Talk: Interviewing Planetside 2’s Creative Director

By Jim Rossignol on November 20th, 2014.

Planetside 2 is two years old today and still going strong. It’s a Planniversary, if you will.

Ahem. I’ve written a bunch about my time with the game, including this. Yes, I like it a lot. One person who has been at the forefront of that long campaign of making me like something for two whole years, and who was also implicated in the complex saga of development beforehand, is Matt Higby. He’s headed up the SOE team throughout the twenty-four months of the game being live, and still seems to have plenty of energy for the future of this peerless F2P shooter. With those two years in mind, I had a chat with him.

Read on below for a myriad of thoughts on the game that does a war of red, blue, and purple like no other.

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Wonkyvision: H1Z1’s E3 Trailer Is Honestly Rubbish

By Alice O'Connor on June 9th, 2014.

SpooOoOoOOoky.

We expect E3 trailers to be showy, bombastic, and entirely unlike the actual game they’re advertising–that’s how it works. So I have no idea what Sony Online Entertainment think they’re playing at with their H1Z1 E3 trailer. It’s clearly little more than lightly-edited snippets of gameplay from an early development build of their free-to-play open-world zombie ‘em up, janky animations and all, with some text and a song over the top. Haven’t they heard of E3 before?

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Contintental Gift: PlanetSide 2 Roadmap Updated

By Graham Smith on January 23rd, 2014.

I love a bit of Hossin sauce.

It’s the greatest tragedy of our capitalist system that our economy can’t yet support a world in which I just sit around all day and play PlanetSide 2. Instead I need to live with the guilt of never playing it enough, and assuage that guilt by writing about it coming updates. The game’s public roadmap was just updated to outline the next six months of development, and it looks like the massive, multiplayer shooter will be getting a new continent called Hossin in May.
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But Can I Craft A Mine? Everquest Next – Landmark

By Ben Barrett on August 22nd, 2013.

Tomorrow, the world! Bwahahahaha!

Talking to the monsters just isn’t enough any more, things must be more complex. Gamers the world over cry-out for not only deeper interaction with their digital worlds but the ability to terraform them as well. Thus when earlier this month Sony Online Entertainment shocked the world by revealing Everquest Next might actually be relevant to the wider gaming community, its world-building utility Landmark was yet another pleasant surprise. Gamescom’s provided a platform to preach a little more information regarding the project and it’s just past this oddly destructible barrier.

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Cast Your Eye Buffs On EverQuest Next

By Craig Pearson on August 7th, 2013.

Doors too big for those shoulder pads? Smash them with a hammer.
Until very recently, if I’d walked up to someone and asked them if they were excited about the new EverQuest game, any positive response would have seen the authorities rush in. The Pod Person would then be gassed and caged, the area evacuated and nuked, and humanity would feel just a little bit more vulnerable. Even now, when I look in the mirror and someone excited about EverQuest Next is staring back, I flinch a little bit. Am I a Pod Pearson? SOE’s work in revitalising their MMO as a world that I want to explore and smash is baffling. To be honest, I thought Adam was playing an elaborate prank, but the video of SOE’s live reveal is proof that they’re onto something.
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First Look: Everquest Next

By Adam Smith on August 2nd, 2013.

Yesterday, Sony Online Entertainment significantly altered my entire outlook on the next twelve months of gaming. When I sat down, along with a small gathering of journalists invited to see the reveal of Everquest Next, I wasn’t expecting to have my line of thinking about MMORPGs to fundamentally shift, but that’s precisely what happened. From being a game in a genre that I have only the occasional interest in, Next immediately became one of the most fascinating and exciting games on the horizon.

And that’s just the half of it.

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Forging Worlds: Everquest Next – Landmark

By Adam Smith on August 2nd, 2013.

Along with the first full reveal of the hugely exciting Everquest Next, Sonly Online Entertainment announced another title, Everquest Landmark. Quite how they’ve kept its existence a secret I don’t know. If I’d been working on it, self-trumpet blower that I am, I’d have been shouting about it from the rooftops. To be released later this year, preceding Next, it’s a construction and exploration game drawn from the same vein as Minecraft. It’s also the entire toolset used to build worlds and assets for Everquest Next.

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Free For All: Aion And Everquest

By Craig Pearson on March 19th, 2012.

Aion and on and on
I’m starting to view the paid-for period of an MMO’s life as the pre-pubescent stage: the inevitability of growth into F2P is starting to look like it’s in the DNA. Both Everquest and Aion are noticing other MMOs, worrying about their acne and taking an interest in clothes. Aion in particular is experiencing a growth spurt, finally readying version 3.0 for everyone to play.
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Three-Way: PlanetSide 2 Footage

By John Walker on January 5th, 2012.

Oh, hello there, let me introduce you to the magical world of PlanetSide 2.

Probably the most sizable amount of PlanetSide 2 footage appears in the video below, intercut with team members explaining why the game is going to be so brills. But I suspect they may be biased. However, if it can be more PlanetSide, spruced up, and with a larger player-base, then yes, there’s a good chance it will be. You can also see the design aesthetics of the three factions, should that slice your cake.

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KAPOW! DC Universe Revenue Up 700%

By John Walker on November 22nd, 2011.

Revenue POW!

Just in case there were any doubt left that the owners of Lego Universe were completely bonkers to just close down their subscription game without trying a free-to-play model, DC Universe is reporting a slight increase in revenue since they made the switch. The small matter of an extra 700% per day. Eurogamer spotted that the very enthusiastic Sony Online Entertainment president, John Smedley, tweeted his good news. News that will surely be yet another blow to the subs model.

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