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PlanetSide 2 announced

Thousand-Player Battles promised in this newly announced MMO FPS

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Sony Online Entertainment has announced PlanetSide 2, the reimagining of the massively multiplayer online first person shooter (MMOFPS) game, PlanetSide. PlanetSide 2 takes all the features from the original game – massive multiplayer battles, distinctive empires to rally around, and enormous continents to support ground and air combat – and adds features that modern gamers have come to expect out of the FPS and MMO genres.

Across the continents of Auraxis, thousands of players will come together in battles to win control of territory and resources for their empire. With an extensive skill tree and a free-form class-based system, players will be able to customize their soldier, weapons and vehicles to match their play-style, or the needs of their squad, outfit or empire. Battles can last for days or weeks, so players will need to build real alliances and combat outfits to take on long-term strategic and tactical initiatives.

“For years we’ve talked about creating another PlanetSide game, and we’re thrilled that technology has caught up with our vision,” said John Smedley, President of SOE. “I’m incredibly impressed by what our team has done with PlanetSide 2. They’ve made everything as big, bold and brutal as possible. PlanetSide 2 is truly representative of what a next generation MMOFPS will look and feel like.”

PlanetSide 2 will harness the power of SOE’s next-generation Forgelight MMO engine; as it is specifically created to bring all of the best in class features from the single player arena to next-gen MMOs. Forgelight equips SOE developers with the power they need to create the massive, vibrant worlds, intense combat and immersive experience.

“With huge war zones populated by thousands of fighters at once, the size and intensity of PlanetSide 2 are simply unequaled. Both longtime players of the series and FPS fans are going to be blown away by the massive scale of PlanetSide battles,” said Matt Higby, creative director of PlanetSide 2 at Sony Online Entertainment. “The immense scope, powerful vehicles and wealth of character customization options means players must think tactically and act as a team to conquer the battlegrounds.”

SOE has also partnered with NVIDIA to provide the game’s physics engine, utilizing its PhysX technology to allow art and design environments in PlanetSide 2 to become truly interactive. This technology along with SOE’s Forgelight MMO engine create a development platform for ensuring that players experience the online MMO with stunning visual effects.

PlanetSide 2 is currently in development and will be available on PC systems via digital download and retailers. No release date is currently projected.

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