Watch The Dying Seconds Of PlanetSide

“This is the way the world ends,” wrote T. S. Eliot, “Not with a bang but a whimper.” They didn’t have video games then, see. The world of PlanetSide [official site?] ended on Friday with meteors raining from the skies, and… then a whimpering “Connection Error” message. Say, this ‘poetry’ jazz really is timeless, isn’t it? Here, watch a world ending.

Steven Messner (our Canadian pal) was one of those the scene when it all ended, recording this:

Ta for capturing that! (Hope it’s not weird I’m using something you didn’t make for RPS in an RPS post?)

Sony Online Entertainment launched the MMOFPS 13 years ago – that’s 13 years of endless attacks, counter-attacks, occupations, and takeovers across virtual continents with hundreds of players, aircraft, mechs, and other shiny warfare devices. I haven’t played in years myself but was awed by the scale when I did.

The SOE gang kept PlanetSide running after they split off to become Daybreak Game Company, but announced in June that they couldn’t do it any longer. “While we have run the game for free since 2014, due to evolving business needs and technical requirements it has become necessary to conclude this service,” they said. They’ll also close Legends of Norrath, the EverQuest spin-off card game, in August.

PlanetSide 2 is still going, mind.

Maybe now’s a good time to revisit The 1%, a report from an impossible battle by that nice boy Quinns.

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9 Comments

  1. Eschatos says:

    It’s a damn tragedy. Planetside 2 made the graphics prettier and the man-shooting meatier, but didn’t have the magic of the original. I’ll never again join a column of magriders on an hour-long spree of vehicular destruction, or drop a dozen squadmates onto unsuspecting BFRs. RIP in peace, friend.

  2. Steven Messner says:

    Haha, not weird at all! Glad more people get to see those final moments.

    • TheAngriestHobo says:

      Not sure if you care, but PCGamer is also using it.

      • Steven Messner says:

        Yup I saw that. Happy to let as many people share it around.

  3. Morte66 says:

    I wonder how long guild wars 1 will last.

    • Thurgret says:

      Oh gosh. Now you mention it, I keep wanting to replay all of its thoroughly weird set of stories.

  4. int says:

    Mistah Planetside—he dead

  5. Dachannien says:

  6. Tei says:

    o7

    GG