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Planetfall: Layoffs At Everquest/H1Z1/Planetside Dev

A name change to the awkward-sounding'Daybreak Game Company' isn't the only consequence Sony's recent shock sale of its MMOy division SOE to management firm Columbus Nova. Barely more than a week after the acquisition, Daybreak is making lay-offs, reportedly including the long-time lead and public face of the Everquest games. "The operation of current games" won't be affected apparently, so while this is sad news…

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Feature: From The Archive

Planetside: The 1%

Every Sunday, we reach deep into Rock, Paper, Shotgun's 142-year history to pull out one of the best moments from the archive. This week, Quintin's tale of Planetside heroism, originally published September 2008. Planetside, then. Do I have any veterans in the audience? At ease, gentlemen. It might not have dredged up the subscribers Sony were hoping for, and you personally might have found it…

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PlanetSide 2 Dev SOE Is Now Daybreak Game Company

Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) will now be known as Daybreak Game Company after being acquired from Sony by investment management firm, Columbus Nova. SOE is the studio responsible for games including EverQuest, PlanetSide 2, and the early access zombie survival game, H1Z1. The company notes that the acquisition will not disrupt any of its current games, but will allow them to pursue multi-platform projects.

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Feature: "Trench warfare with lasers"

After Action Report: PlanetSide 2’s World Record Attempt

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…

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Feature: Two Years Of Planetside 2

Two Year Talk: Interviewing Planetside 2’s Creative Director

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…

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Feature: Zap, boom, and level up

Planetside 2: My Favourite Game Of The Past Two Years

There have been so many beautiful and clever games appear in the past two years that I find myself surprised to be saying this: Planetside 2 is my favourite game of the past two years. Sure, I've practically lived off Teleglitch at times, and actually been made to like an adventure game via KRZ, but Planetside's bright and sparkly sequel has truly colonised my PC.…

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Join Us At 8pm UK Time For Streamed Planetside 2

Hello you. We're going to be streaming Planetside 2 at 8pm, and you'll be able to watch that in the further expanse of this post if you tune your computer to Twitch-o-vision at that time (that's two hours after the publication time of this post.) We have a special guest, Planetside 2's senior art director, the tremendous Tramell Isaac, who will be talking us through…

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PlanetSide 2 Update Adds Long-Awaited Swamp Continent

It's sometimes easy to forget about poor ol' PlanetSide 2 with all these Battleline Hardmen and Advanced Warfaces duking it out for our attention. And while the MMOFPS has still, even after nearly two years of being available in various forms, arguably not lived up to its full potential, there's nothing else quite like it. That's why we go there to ruthlessly bop PC Gamer's…

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Viral Sensation: A Sloshing Syringe Of H1Z1 Footage

A quick primer for those who've been living under a rock: 1) SOE's making a spiritual successor to Star Wars Galaxies that is also a zombie game, 2) yeah I know, and 3) zombies have transcended mere fad-dom and become immortal cultural icons for reasons I'll never be able to fully comprehend. H1Z1's impressively ambitious within a very narrow lineage, though. Think DayZ or Rust,…

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SOE’s H1Z1 Will Be F2P, Won’t Sell Weapons, Ammo, Food

So maybe you weren't expecting SOE's vaunted Star Wars Galaxies spiritual successor to be an overtly DayZ-inspired zombie MMO called H1Z1. And maybe you're not exactly shaking the sand out of your old Tatooine-scouring boots in excitement. That's fair. But as far as these things go, SOE does seem to be kind of on the right track. CEO John Smedley isn't shamefully shambling (shamebling) away…

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DayZ Of Our Lives: SOE Also Doing Zombie-Based Survival

If it wasn't already plainly obvious, survival games are all the rage these day(z), and zombies - thanks to DayZ's ever-looming influence - come part and parcel with that. The War Z/Infestation: Survivor Stories hit a little too close to home on that front, and Nether, with its possibly dubious ties to the former, also deals in apocalyptic baddie bashing, but with a slant toward the…

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Feature: Ore, really.

Impressions: Landmark

You can now join Landmark for just £14. Sony's Minecraft-esque adjunct to EverQuest Next has lowered the barrier of entry into the closed beta so even a frugal Scottish freelancer can stroll in. I've spent the weekend wandering the worlds, admiring what's being built and testing the tools. I am currently not dead, but if I died and you were to look through my search…

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I Know You Planned It: PlanetSide 2 Gets Mission System

PlanetSide 2 has been very good (or at least very impressive) for quite some time, but no one can deny that it continues to be a work-in-progress. It's a massive, multicolored jelly bean bowl of coordinated carnage, yes, but when you're not rolling with friends or a full-blown outfit, the whole experience can be a bit aimless. The solution? Well, SOE seems to think it's…

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EverQuest Next Landmark Gets Name Change, Closed Beta

I always did think that EverQuest Next Landmark was kind of a clunky name. And, true story, I know plenty of people in the gaming industry - devs and journos alike - who don't understand that it's an entirely separate experience from EverQuest Next proper. So I suppose it only makes sense that SOE's decided to shave it down into to a more prim and…

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Feature: History Is Streamed By The Winners

Rise & Stream: Nathan The PlanetSide 2 War Correspondent

If you haven't already heard, we're at war. Eternal war, truth be told, but of a friendly, (typically) only virtually fatal sort with the PC Gamer lot and also everyone else who's ever played PlanetSide 2. You can enlist right here for a giant community play session that's kicking off at 12:30 PM PT/7:30 PM GMT, but if you'd rather not risk life and level…

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United State Of Amerish: Planetside 2

The jungle territory of Hossin won't arrive in Planetside 2 until May but the Amerish region is changing right now. A major revamp was implemented just before the weekend, adding nine new outposts and redesigning those that were already in place. Most significantly, perhaps, the Lattice System is now in play on Amerish, meaning that conquest of outposts must be conducted along supply routes, as…

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Feature: The Legend Of Sky City

The EverQuest Landmark Adventure You Might Never Have

As we recently reported, EverQuest Next Landmark's paid alpha is officially up and running, and we'll bring you streaming video and impressions of it soon. But first, I'd like to tell the story of an EQNL adventure that you probably won't be able to have, despite the MMO/space-age imagination engine's formidable voxel-powered flexibility. I have seen the very limits of Landmark's evergreen realms, tunneled to…

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Good Star(t): SOE On Next Game’s Star Wars Heritage

Star Wars Galaxies was a lot of things to a lot of people. A largely barren land of infinite possibility, a janky pile of half-finished bantha poodoo, a player-driven sci-fi sandbox, a nigh-directionless walk through an abandoned Star Wars theme park. Maybe it was a little of all those things when it first came out, but people (myself included) came to love its quirks. And…

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EverQuest Landmark Alpha Out Today, What To Expect

We've played EverQuest Next Landmark and spoken with SOE about their mad (yet not entirely impossible) ambitions for the game/world creation Photoshop thing as it grows and evolves, but now it's your turn. Well, maybe. If you're willing to pay and also not talk about it for a while (hip-hip-hurrNDA, etc). EQNL's roughly 60 percent complete paid alpha will launch later today, but it won't…

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SOE’s Next Game ‘Dedicated’ To Star Wars Galaxies Fans

Back in my day, we played the original pre-NGE Star Wars Galaxies, and we liked it. No seriously, we really did, and I think the tide of public (or at least, gamerly) opinion has started lapping at those same shores over the years. Sure, the MMO was a mess when it first tractor-beamed money out of thousands of wallets, but it tried to be legitimately different.…

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