More PlanetSide Sequel Hints From SOE

Over on The Escapist we get some hints from SOE’s John Smedley about the next PlanetSide game:

“We have a very big launch coming in the month of March,” Smedley said. “It’s a big first person shooter franchise that we’re really happy with.” I took a leap of logic and asked whether it was Planetside. “Could be,” Smedley said sheepishly. “We haven’t technically announced it.”

We have also received a number of anonymous hints about this being in development, something which seems to corroborate both what we speculated about last year, and what we heard about the mysterious “PlanetSide Next“. Imagine if we got PlanetSide 2 next March! Blimey.


  1. DrGonzo says:

    Isn’t it more likely it will be a relaunch and Planetside going free to play? Though I would be excited about that too.

    Oh why isn’t the new Warhammer 40k MMO like this? It would suit it a lot more. Your a soldier and there is ONLY WAR.

    • Jim Rossignol says:

      Yeah, it could be the f2p launch, but I’ve heard enough on the grapevine to suspect it might be a little more than *just* that.

    • Flameberge says:

      I’ve often thought that, it would just work so well, as you gain experience you’re able to get access to more equipment, vehicles etc. Even Dreadnoughts would make sense: You die enough times, and you’re given access to one for a few respawns as a kind of gameplay / lore related fudge to allow them to be used by players without completely ignoring the lore behind them.
      Or, after a certain number of deaths, you can be transferred to one, but from that poitn on you have to be one.

      *sigh* A 40k Planetside-style game would be the best thing ever.

    • The Pink Ninja says:

      I second this motion, though I wonder how would it work given the very different battle styles of the factions (Beyond a game of Space Marines versus Chaos Space Marines).

    • DrGonzo says:

      That could be a problem. The majority of players would probably want to pick the Space Marines, yet they are meant to be heavily outnumbered. I can only think that Imperials, Orks and Tyranids would possibly have to have characters who had a squad of npcs under their command.

      Although I would probably leave the Tyranids as unplayable and use them to balance up the maps if things were going too far one way.

    • Fenris says:

      Obviously you would just make Tyranids free-to-play in Asia.

    • The Great Wayne says:

      Hmmm, but they said FPS, not MMOFPS.

      Without the MMO part, Planetside wouldn’t be Planetside. Therefore I’ll wait some more to let the tears of joy roll on my cheeks.

  2. Flameberge says:

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    • Flameberge says:

      Sorry, nergasm finished.

      Planetside remains my best online experience by a mile. I met so many of my online friends playing that game, most of whom I am still in contact with.

    • pissant says:

      hahaha people are getting their hopes up about an SoE game oh dear haahaha

      basically the MMOG genre jumped ten sharks and turned in back in 2008 with WAR as far as I’m concerned. 40k online is going to be WoW with space marines. SoE will find some way to fuck this up.

    • TimA says:

      I agree. To date the most fun MMO I have ever played.

      I’m ridiculously excited now. OH PLEASE LET IT BE GOOD PLEASE

    • Jsnuk says:

      SOE make very good MMOs they just have a tendancy to fuck them up sometime post launch, GODDAMIT I WANT MY SWG BACK.

    • DSVella says:

      please don’t mention SWG snuck. Those wounds go deep.

    • Jsnuk says:

      Deeper than Khazad-dûm :(

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  3. westyfield says:

    Come on, come on!

  4. State says:

    Oh god yes please!

  5. duncanthrax says:

    I really hope they revive Planetside. Was a great game, but poorly managed and marketed.

  6. duncanthrax says:

    I really hope that they revive Planetside. Great game, but poorly managed and marketed.

  7. Jim Reaper says:

    I really do hope they revive Planetside. Great game, but poorly marketed and managed.

  8. clownst0pper says:

    What would make planetside different now to say Bad Company 2? (excuse my ignorance ive never played Planetside…)

    • DrGonzo says:

      It’s on a far bigger scale. You can capture points and territory that are meant to mean something. Though you make a good point, without knowing it possibly. The big problem I had with Planetside is it’s meant to be a persistent world, your actions are meant to matter. But they really don’t. You spend an entire evening capturing some territory, come back the next evening and everything has completely changed and you didn’t really feel your actions had much consequence. Still great fun though.

    • froibo says:

      Imagine hundreds of soldiers dropping out of player piloted airplanes while dozens of mech walkers siege a control point

    • Wubble69 says:

      In Planetside, when you log on and you have a top grade Commander who has earned his command points, telling you to go over there and do this and that … you do it … willingly.

      I’ve never played this Bad Company thing but even it’s name sounds shit house.

      Planetside was genuinely 10 years too early.

    • clownst0pper says:

      Like Bad Company 2 Froibo just with more people?;)

    • Napalm Sushi says:

      The entire playerbase is split between just a handful of servers. On each of those servers is a world split into several continents, which are linked by warp gates. On each of those continents (not really continent sized, but each at least comparable to one of the islands from Operation Flashpoint) three factions, each fielding hundreds of players, fight to wrestle military installations and control points from one another. Not all of the continents will be host to the fighting at once, as it’s actually possible for one faction to push the others back through the warp gates and “lock down” the continent, removing it from play and colouring it in that faction’s livery until the others manage to forge a route back to it again. The goal of each faction is simply to control as much of the planet as possible for as long as possible in the eternal struggle.

      So no, it’s not really like Bad Company 2 with more people, and the fact that no developer has dared attempt anything like it since makes me cry for the state of this industry.

    • Lilliput King says:

      With much more people and much, much, much larger maps.

    • clownst0pper says:

      Napalm, are there resources involved? More territory = more faction credits = better gear for the factions?

    • Napalm Sushi says:

      At the overall world level, the total territory controlled simply determines who is winning, score-wise (as far as I’m aware; it’s been a while). But at the continent level, yes, different installations provide different benefits such as reducing respawn times, extending radar range and granting access to different vehicles.

  9. Ubernutz says:

    Sticky keys turned on.

  10. Amn says:

    Never played Planetside so this would be awesome after hearing of the massive scale battles.

  11. Wubble69 says:

    My first MMO Love and the ONLY PVP game I will stomach and the ONLY game that stands a chance of taking me away from WoW.

    I.S.K. Aight!


  12. Huw says:

    This is excellent news. I loved the idea of Planetside but for one reason or another I didn’t get to play while it was popular. I won’t make the same mistake again.

    • FRIENDLYUNIT says:

      Oh god. Yes. I’m so close to being done with FPS games forever.

      All it has to do it not be very shit and it will have a piece of my wallet forever.

  13. Torgen says:

    I was briefly in the beta, but couldn’t afford the sub. Much like WWII Online, anyone that plays alone is probably going to think the game is meh. But if you play in a squad/clan, either game is some of the more memorable events in gaming.

  14. Darthey says:

    Released in March? Come on guys, you don’t go from initial-concepts to finished-MMO in a year.

    March will bring the official announcement that its in-development, a website, and maybe if we’re lucky an early trailer and closed-beta signups.

    • Gaff says:

      The quote specifically says “launch” and not “reveal.”

      Don’t forget that the core assets of PlanetSide already exist. The factions, the vehicles, the core concepts of the game are already there, they just need to be tweaked and updated for newer technology.

      So far they have been working on PlanetSide Next for approximately two years (the end of 2008 was when they first send out the survey email to many former subscribers asking for their input on a sequel to the original).

      Another point to consider is that GDC runs 28th February – 4th March 2011 and is the first big games show of the year, usually very well attended by the major players. Maybe that is the stage they will use to debut the game at?

      I actually emailed John Smedley about a month ago asking for more information about PN and he replied simply “it’s coming soon.” Maybe he actually meant soon?

      Stranger things have happened!

    • Inverness says:

      Gaff is right here. If they’re already launching the sequel so soon then that is good news in my opinion. Basically, I think PlanetSide was a great game as it was, with only a few problems such as the infamous BFRs. I don’t want them to remake everything. I just want them to update the engine and assets, remove the unnecessary extra fluff, and basically re-balance and fine-tune the whole game. Don’t fix what isn’t broken.

  15. kutkh says:

    Pleasebetrue vs. Don’tbeshit in the capture point of my heart.

  16. escooler says:

    For me a galaxy drop with another 15 soldiers (sometime multipul ships) onto a enemy bases/backdoors is one of the most thrilling game experiences i have ever had.

    • Poet says:

      Until I set off my 20 boomers you guys completely ignored on the way in killing everyone instantly.

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  18. MrWolf says:

    Everytime I see “Planetside” I think it’s the wonderful Infocom classic “Planetfall” and I get very, very nostalgic and misty-eyed about my first and best digital friend, Floyd.

  19. Rocktart says:

    Excitement & nostalgia vs cynicism and disappointment

    Which will win?

  20. Oxide says:

    I hope they will keep the resource mechanics, driving an ANT with tanks and Reavers covering my flank was one of the most fun experiences I’ve had in games. Then again just seeing the SOE logo makes me angry…

    • Dr Chi says:

      I liked it a lot better before they introduced the resource management of the bases. Constantly having to send ANTs out to refuel bases, etc. But ultimately it was the Underground expansion and Mechs that did it in for me and I lost interest because of that.

      However, Planetside was by far my most favorite MMO experience, with EVE coming in second.

  21. Chaosgabe says:

    This was the bloody best game ever. I just hope SOE doesnt fuck it up too fast. Problem is they hate games, as you probably know:
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  22. Vindicore says:

    PS2 could be fantastic; no other MMO or FPS comes close.

    Forget gear, forget stats and forget grinding.

    COD you just need skill to play while in BF you also need tactics. While in PS you need strategy, tactics and skill to succeed.

    There is NOTHING like the feeling you get when you are part of a battle with hundreds of troops on either side, knowing that your actions can lead to victory if you pick the right strategy.

  23. Tei says:

    This is exciting news, Planetside is the very high bar all other MMOFPS get compared, and very few (none?) is even near to compare to it. It would love to see something done to give it more life.

  24. Gaff says:

    Well this is freaky, I just posted a blog entry about PlanetSide Next only last night:

    link to

    I wouldn’t ordinarily promote my own stuff here but it’s eerily directly connected.

  25. Davee says:

    Great Scott!

    While I think it’s unlikely the next PlanetSide that gets launched, it could be the free to play version or – probably something entirely different…

    If they make a second PlanetSide, they sure need to be careful not to mess it up.

    But I’m not getting my hopes up too much.

  26. Sigma Draconis says:

    So what would be done with the original PlanetSide if this sequel were released? Perhaps SOE would make it free to play (LOLNO) so people could get an basic idea of the gameplay, what to expect from an upcoming installment, and possibly grab new subscribers for PlanetSide 2?

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  28. MrSpandex says:

    I don’t know if I’m ready to quit my job in March :(

  29. bill says:

    As someone who is put off by monthly subscriptions and has a slight underpowered pc, i’d be much happier with a free-2-play version of the old planetside than a sequel which i wouldn’t pay for and couldn’t run.

    Though no reason not to get both. It’s almost christmas!

  30. Dave says:

    Could it be?

  31. Inverness says:

    By the way, I don’t get the feeling that a free to play game would be very good. Because in a game like PlanetSide, being able to buy anything that would affect gameplay would be an issue with a lot of people I think. If it doesn’t affect gameplay, I wouldn’t see any reason to buy it either.

    • jon_hill987 says:

      Yeah, but there are plenty of people who do want to buy things that have no effect on gameplay. Look at the idiots that are paying to have Valve ruin TF2…

  32. Obliter8 says:

    This game is the closest thing to PvP perfection ever created. The weight of expectation is vast…

    My outfit is still here, ready to spank some fish-heads :o)

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  34. mavvvy says:

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  35. DrNickRiviera says:

    As long as SOE remember to put in some anti hack software then maybe there’s some hope for PSNext. The rampant hacking in the game was what killed it for a lot of players back in 2007 /08. It would be a shame to see the same problem spread to the sequel.

  36. Lost says:

    I think what will happen (if they release planetside next) is that it will absorb the old Planetside. Atleast I think that is what Smedley is hinting at with the naming policy with its MMO’s.

  37. Michael says:

    If Planetside went free to play, I would suddenly lose all of my free time.

  38. Surgeon says:

    PlanetSide is without doubt my favourite game of all time.
    Back in the day, although games were growing more complex, I’d play things like X-Wing, and lament the lack of scale to some of the battles.
    Yes, you’d be fighting against waves and waves of enemies at times, but never alongside an equal number of friendlies in gigantic battles.
    And then along comes PS and everything I’d ever hoped for in terms of twitch gameplay and scale was answered.
    And even better, against humans.
    It’s unequivocally the best game I’ve ever played.

    The only thing that caused it to lose its shine over the years for me was the dwindling player base.
    I didn’t mind BFR’s or The Bending (snigger), or all the buffs and nerfs, but once the Sanctuary started to resemble a ghost town, and 5 Galaxy convoys of Hot Drops were just a distant memory, that’s when it started to turn stale.
    Re-subbing was always fun for a while, but left a sour taste compared to the assaults of old.

    Since then, every new online component of the latest FPS just disappoints with its lack of ambition. The Battlefield series is the only thing that comes close to sating the habit.

    I’ve been clamouring for some news since the survey came out in 2009, but a March 2011 release sounds too good to be true.
    I’m actually hoping it will be announced in March, but will still be a few years off.