PlanetSide 2 beta delayed

Sony pushes back beta start date for PC shooter to "Friday or Monday" to give more time for polishing and testing.

A beta for PlanetSide 2 was supposed to launch early this week, but it has been delayed to "Friday or Monday," Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) president John Smedley has tweeted.

PlanetSide 2's beta has been delayed, but only by a few days.

Originally scheduled to arrive on Monday or Tuesday, the beta for the free-to-play PC shooter was pushed back to give the development team additional time to polish and test it, said Smedley.

"We have some stuff we need to make sure is awesome," he wrote.

Sony first opened beta sign-ups for PlanetSide 2 back in December 2011, and gamers interested in test-driving the game can register today for access through the game's official website.

PlanetSide 2 is successor to SOE's original subscription-based MMO shooter released in 2003. The studio is hoping to dramatically expand on that game's scope with this sequel, which will run on the newly built Forgelight Engine.

The game will be a "reimagining" of the original, which chronicled a futuristic conflict on the embattled planet of Auraxis between three different factions: the Terran Republic, the New Conglomerate, and the Vanu Sovereignty. Players will advance through battle ranking levels while acquiring equipment certifications for both different weapon types and different classes of vehicle.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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FragileTag
FragileTag

It looks fun it has a combination of Halo, Battlefield, call of duty, and command and conquer and the gameplay combat and movement is like BF 3 

Raeldor
Raeldor

Loved the original Planetside, but was the original an MMO by today's standards?  I mean, it had a quite limited amount of players per map (64?), but was considered an MMO because it had a leveling system and the ability to improve your character and equipment and persist those improvements.  Now though, it seems most FPS games have that functionality.  I wonder then what does it take to consider this an MMO today?  Is 64 players per map really MASSIVELY multiplayer?

Altares36
Altares36

At least we're seeing more news on Gamespot. I was starting to wonder if they were intentionally ignoring Planetside 2 to cater to a console crowd or something.

REZOWNO
REZOWNO

>_< FFS im heading off to Paris on Friday for a week and now im gunna have this on the back my mind

sirkibble2
sirkibble2

Just signed up. I'm looking forward to it if I get in. Never played the first one but it looks interesting.

SolidTy
SolidTy

I have some friends that are dying for this, I hope it delivers.

Mog32Kupo32
Mog32Kupo32

NC4LIFE!Can't wait to see this game in action 

Halloll
Halloll

Now I know what keys I want from free to play friday

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

Maybe SOE will send out more beta invitations during the delay? That will be even more awesome than the awesomeness they are working on.

Crevox
Crevox

Hoping for a beta key ;\

Hellswrath99
Hellswrath99

I think everyone who is into FPS games and isn't completely tied to CoD/MW is at least keeping an eye on this game.  Personally, I'm keeping both eyes on it with a side hope of squeezing into the beta.

 

Judging from some of the other comments, I'm not the only one.

hobotech64
hobotech64

I wish I had a beta key to sympathize with this news!

Stormbringer91
Stormbringer91

I'm in the early technical testing portion of this game, I'd love to talk about it. that is all

Hiliary
Hiliary

I wouldn't mind beta to this awesome game if anyone got a spare key to give away. Thanks a bunch. GG.

Nepherate
Nepherate

Still hoping for a key to this awesome game.

JimmyJimJim
JimmyJimJim

I'll sell a few of my extra beta keys if anyone wants one

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

Beta Key Activated!  I'm just waiting for the download now.

Halloll
Halloll

I would happily accept a beta key from anyone not feeling like trying it :)

Havock06
Havock06

The original Planetside had a player per map count of 133 per empire. 3 empires X 133 = 399 Players per Map.

reimen
reimen

 @Raeldor I think the limit for each continent (map) was 399 ish. The maps were too big for only 64 players.

chaosarmor
chaosarmor

 @reimen oh yeah i loved that so much where you'd get around 200+ peeps fighting in one area over a base it was epic!

Raeldor
Raeldor

 @reimen Wow, was it really that many?  That's pretty impressive technology for back then!  I never remember seeing that many in one game, but maybe over a large enough area it was hard to tell.  I suppose that's how they can keep it fast enough to be a twitched-based shooter with that many players, by making sure the game mechanic spreads the players out over the map.

Raeldor
Raeldor

 @Tylendal  @reimen Wow, that's a lot of players for a small area.  I'd love to know how they can have that many players and still keep it fast enough to be an FPS.

Tylendal
Tylendal

 @Raeldor  @reimen Just a few weeks ago, I was running with my outfit, and we had over a hundred members, all working together in a small area.