PlanetSide, one of the first massively multiplayer online first-person shooters, has been chugging along for over eight years now. While that’s impressive, fans have been itching for something more substantial than the random update for quite some time. Today, Sony announced that they are planning to deliver just that with PlanetSide 2. Auraxis will continue to host the war between the Terran Republic, New Conglomerate, and Vanu Sovereignty in their struggle for the planet’s remaining resources. Players will get to unlock traits and skill sets in a “free-form class-based” system as they level, as well as gain access to new squad options and vehicles. Days’ long battles will return as well, with hundreds of troops battling it out in the air, on the ground, and at sea.
Tech-wise, physics will be handled by Nvidia’s PhysX technology, while SOE’s own MMO-centric Forgelight engine will be used for most else. In addition, Vivox integration will allow players to communicate with their squads via keyboard and voice chat.
PlanetSide 2 will be available both on store shelves and through digital outlets. For more information on the original, and if you can forgive how rough it is, our review from 2003 is still up.
Official Site: PlanetSide.Station.Sony.com