PlanetSide 2 Annoucement Due Thursday

Not quite live.

There are rumblings in the world of PlanetSide. The worldside of PlanetSide? While we know PlanetSide 2 is in production, all they’ve shown so far has been the odd model of a vehicle, which men like me are too handsome to care about. What I want is Hard Gaming Fact. Could that be nearby? It seems possible, with Sony adding a shiny countdown timer to the official PlanetSide 2 page. There’s also a new Facebook page (sigh), which makes it even more clear that Planetside 2 news will be appearing on the 7th of July, at 7pm. I think that’s this year, rather than 2077. Oh, and it seems it’s called PlanetSide 2 now, not PlanetSide Next. Which was a really stupid name.

This information comes courtesy of the industrious folks at PlanetSide Universe, who as ever are first with information about the game. They also spotted the meta tag doodah on the countdown site, which reads:

“PlanetSide 2 is the only first person shooter that delivers truly epic, massive combat on a scale never before seen in stunning, breathtaking detail. Be a part of explosive action in a futuristic world with forces ranging from tactical squads to thousand player armies all taking place in real-time on enormous open-world continents.”

The announcement looks set to occur during SOE’s Fan Faire 2011 on Thursday. So hold onto your hats until then. Meanwhile, here’s a man explaining how giraffes have sex:


  1. Ralud says:

    I hope it’s something pleasant.

    • Fumarole says:

      Unless you’re a giraffe I’ve got some bad news for you.

  2. Crimsoneer says:

    Sorry, I have something to say.


  3. FakeAssName says:

    what the fuck, I don’t even …

  4. Alex Bakke says:

    Oof. I’ll be listening to this on a leather sofa, naked, in approximately 4 minutes. OOooohhhh.

  5. dartt says:

    Hero Squad, standing by.

  6. Joe Maley says:

    quitin is gone for one day, and now giraffe sex is making news!!!!!!!!!

    • Man Raised by Puffins says:

      Well, with both Kieron and Quinns gone, that perversion quota ain’t going to fulfil itself.

  7. PleasingFungus says:

    John Walker, you are truly a credit to the journalistic community.

  8. dsi1 says:

    This is delicious!

  9. Flameberge says:

    I’m going to watch the giraffe sex video whilst listening to Rum Doings… Late. I need John’s deep voice to get me in the mood.
    Also: Planetside 2! Yay!

  10. Nomaki says:

    So long as they don’t do microtransactions in a terrible “pay-to-win” manner, I’m definitely going to be excited for it.
    ..assuming they aren’t going to go with the ol’ monthly subscription model, either way, I hope they keep the trial-up-to-BR10 thing permanently as an F2P option.

  11. Sleepymatt says:

    Hank: “Not if I see you first, you freak!”

  12. Derpentine says:

    I’ll throw my wild guess out : DUST514 version of UE3+middleware; may even be linked in some way to DUST. Freemium as well as item shop. Release Q1 late/Q2 early 2012. Bad maps, god damn horrible maps.

  13. somini says:

    That giraffe video isn’t good by a LONG shot.

    • John Walker says:

      There’s something extremely wrong with you.

    • Wulf says:

      That giraffe video was one of the most entertaining things I’ve seen today. Sorry. It completely eclipsed the Planetside 2 news, which was probably Jon’s pun.

      You are so meta, Jon.

      (And I shall continue to misspell your name for reasons unknown.)

  14. innociv says:

    An announcement about an announcement that hasn’t been announced?

    Anyway, I’m interested in this even though I don’t have faith in SoE.

    • djbriandamage says:

      I wish there was an announcement before this RPS story! I almost had a heart attack from the surprise! His name may be Walker but apparently he’s more of a skulker.

  15. Acosta says:


  16. Creeping Death says:

    That was the best 4 minutes related to sex that I’ve experienced in a looong time!

  17. P7uen says:

    So, the thing is, I loved Planetside, it was the only game in which I was a part of those online-bloggy war-stories instead of just reading about them and wishing I could be bothered (e.g. Eve). It was great and everyone was there to experience these fantastic huge battles made of fun and lag.

    But these days (forgive me for being an old codger) I dread that anything that links to anything further than 1m from my sofa is going to be filled with incredibly dedicated and talented individuals with far more free time than I, some of whom have forgotten that just playing is fun.

    Once a year I dip back into TF2 and L4D, but I have a Walker-esque fear of not knowing every exploit on every map and letting people down, coupled with a sheer lack of fun because instead of Man-With-Gun hiding behind a crate shooting me, I see half a Man-With-Gun bobbing upside-down on his head, half clipped into a building shooting from a place with an invisible wall between us or something, and it’s not fun at all.

    tl;dr: Ah the good old days, we won’t see the likes of those again :(

    • Arcturan Megadonkey says:

      Agreed. Back when I played Everquest religiously I thought, ‘this is the future of gaming and it’s going to be awesome!’ Instead, WoW and Everquest 2 came next instead and everything else has just been trash.

  18. aircool says:

    *runs around with hands in the air*

  19. Dreamhacker says:

    Don’t go free-to-play!

  20. TimA says:


    Please don’t be shit.

  21. Dave says:


  22. The Pink Ninja says:

    See, now if Planetside 2 doesn’t suck we’ll have to name the RPS outfit/guild “Flehmen Response” or something

  23. Matt-R says:

    Well that morning RPS visit was sure damn worth it!

    Kind of forgotten about Planetside 2 though.

  24. Bungle says:

    I come to RPS for a daily shotgun to the face full of Hard Gaming Facts. Most people want news in their news – I want the kind of gritty realism that only a full week’s worth of beard stubble can deliver. I want my tea mixed with coffee and my coffee full of crude oil. I also like the giraffesex.

  25. Bungle says:

    I just actually watched the giraffe video and I’m upset. I do not endorse that video or the shocking overuse of editing to cover for a bad monologue. Every douche with a webcam and a YouTube channel does the thing where they smash cut to a new angle after every sentence. It must stop. It makes me feel like a hyper little person is shouting in my face.

  26. Frostbeard says:

    Penny Arcade in “Savannah Heat”
    link to

    The giraffe video is legal in the country it was filmed

  27. Chaz says:

    Call me a pessimist but I have visions of F2P and microtransactions plastered all over this.

  28. Surgeon says:

    Why not?
    Free to play upto say BR10, and then subscriptions after that would seem like a good combo.

  29. OldDirtyMerc says:

    Oh please be good. I have a Planetside shaped hole in my gaming life.

  30. Davee says:


    Copulating giant mammals aside, I’ll definately be monitoring the site on thursday :)

    • Quine says:

      I shall also be bumping my browser against their website until they release words which may tell me if the game is ‘ready’ or not yet.
      Then I may spend some more time fruitlessly chasing it around and after 400 *freaking days* it may produce something…