Planetside 2's Huge World Expands With a New Continent in Today's Update

You can now visit the swamp continent of Hossin and claim ownership of bases with your clan.

Sony Online Entertainment today released a huge update for its free-to-play MMO shooter, Planetside 2, the most significant aspect of which is a whole new continent for players to explore and fight over.

Known as Hossin, the new "swamp continent" will present new obstacles for players to deal with as they navigate the environment. SOE says Hossin is home to "unforgiving marshes, low hanging tree canopies, and slow-moving, boggy terrain," all of which sounds like it could get in the way when facing off against dozens of enemies (not an uncommon occurrence in Planetside 2).

"With its swamp-like terrain and natural barriers, players combat skills will be challenged like never before," said creative director Matt Higby. "Facilities and bases are scattered throughout, making infantry combat the most important it's ever been. Hossin adds an insane element to PlanetSide 2's ground / air combat strategy. We are eager to hear community feedback, particularly since Hossin will be continuously updated and enhanced for a long time to come."

Access to Hossin is free to all players on PC with the release of today's update. Its release only further expands what was already a massive game world.

Also added today are several new features, including continent locking. As battles most often take place on one of the game's three existing continents, players will now be able to prevent spawning on any continent by controlling all the points on the map.

Outfits--the game's versions of clans or guilds--also have something to look forward to today. A new, improved system for recruiting has been implemented; outfits can now equip decals; and, most interestingly, an ownership system is now in place for bases. When capturing facilities and outposts, the outfit that contributed the most will gain temporary "ownership" over it, making it so that the owner's decal is displayed above it.

Planetside 2 is currently available only on PC. A PlayStation 4 version is in development that was originally expected to have been released last year. Today's announcement doesn't provide any new word on that front; SOE only says it's coming to PS4 "later this year."

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solartiger
solartiger

...and don't get me started about the way the ground vehicles (i.e. Lightnings) now move...avoiding an attacking ESF now gives you the thrill of playing the new meta-game "Planetside - Esamir Drift"...it's grand!...not

gamingfriendly
gamingfriendly

I had fun for the 60 hours i put in this game but then i had to stop as the grind was so terrible and some exploits / glitches started to annoy me.

Halloll
Halloll

why does Sony show more love to PC than Microsoft?

AzureBonds76
AzureBonds76

@Halloll  Probably has a lot of to with the fact that they have been funding game development on PC for a long time now. I think it was '99 I started playing everquest, so if my math skillz are up to date Sony has been involved with the PC community for 15 years. May be even before that but that is the first PC game I remember Sony being involved in.

jhpiv4
jhpiv4

Is it just me, or did performance go out the window? My frames are used to be over 60 supersampling 1.4x , now I barely stay at 60 at native resolution. And my buddy's rig is down to the 30s.

jhpiv4
jhpiv4

I take it back. Turned out there were some rogue settings that I forgot to disable when I reinstalled the game. (Smoothing needs to be off).

hastati4
hastati4

This was one of the games I was hoping to be playing on PS4 around launch. Sucks that it's taken them so long. I loved it on PC, especially when I got into a good outfit, but I'm just fairly terrible at shooters with mouse and keyboard, compared to using a dualshock.

Halloll
Halloll

@hastati4 do what I did then, I rigged a script to play Planetside 2 with Wiimote and keyboard.

ShadowOfKratos
ShadowOfKratos

I imagine Aerial Combat will be interesting here...

Halloll
Halloll

@ShadowOfKratos the ceiling is 200 meters above sea levels, there are trees taller than you max altitude.

coop36
coop36

@ShadowOfKratos Im glad it will be difficult for tanks and liberators in this. Sometimes its more fun just to have a straight up infantry fight without being bombarded by daltons all the time.

Centurion95
Centurion95

@ShadowOfKratos  Saw one of our Reavers being chased by a Scythe, he dove to the deck and started weaving through trees by the Scythe followed, It was an intense 30 sec before the Scythe clipped a tree and exploded, our Reaver flying high in the sky probably doing the Lando Death Star yell. 

Zombrex
Zombrex

If it ever makes it to PS4 I'll definately be playing it.

nosloandy92
nosloandy92

Well, I guess I'm re-installing right now!  I stopped playing for a while because the locations got stale, but this was just the nudge I needed to get back in!

wiedzemir
wiedzemir

I used to play the game during the CBT and right after release but very soon after release an amount of cheaters just skyrocketed and because of that I stopped playing. I wonder how it is now in there. Did SOE manage to do something about cheaters or is it still the same.

coop36
coop36

@wiedzemir I have 587 hours in so far and cant say Ive ever had a problem with blatant cheating. They also bring down the ban hammer pretty regularly now. 

D0cs
D0cs

@wiedzemir There was definitely a period where there were a decent number of cheaters, they definitely got on top of that since it's rare to see one nowadays. I think a while back one of the big cheat developers stopped supporting the game because they fixed some of the major exploits.


It's always going to be a cat and mouse game, but SOE seem to be on top of it at the moment.

wiedzemir
wiedzemir

@D0cs  Hm. That's good to hear. Guess I'll give a second try then since I really liked the game itself.

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

Just did an op with my outfit tonight on this new continent. It was mayhem. Really fun mayhem. Hossin seems pretty good too. Unfinished, but going in the right direction.


Man, I love this game.

bobbo888
bobbo888

This is one of the best FPS I've ever played AND it's an MMO. Can't get much better. Can't wait to check out the new continent.

thread-of-red
thread-of-red

I'm getting fairly certain that the PS4 version of this is slowly getting the last guardian treatment. "At some point!"

mattress805
mattress805

Well at least we know Planetside 2 will be running in 1080p and 60fps. I've never played the game but I look forward to trying it on the ps4

Sozialminister
Sozialminister

great news! will try it out, when world cup is over :p

coop36
coop36

The continent locking is a big deal if youve played this game much. It will be an extremely difficult task, but man this will create some even more fierce fights between the factions.

Setho10
Setho10

One thing I like about Planetside 2 is that many games say they will have massive PVP battles, but at least in the shooter space I never feel like I am taking part in a massive battle even in something like Battlefield. In Planetside 2 you regularly get into battles involving dozens upon dozens of players (sometimes hundreds) that really feel like an actual battle. And moving the front lines forward, holding key points, and so on makes the whole thing feel like an actual military campaign. On the same token, battles with 100+ players really requires a beefy PC if you want to run the game at higher settings, so I sadly can't see the game in all its glory on my lower end system.

xantufrog
xantufrog moderator

@coop36 @Setho10 This kind of feedback is what makes the game sound cool

hystavito
hystavito

@Setho10 Wow, maybe I should try it.  I always complained about modern shooters like BF3, that there were no lines and it never felt like an actual military battle, but rather just a big team deathmatch from any other game.

coop36
coop36

@Setho10 Agreed. Sometimes I have to stop and look around at the huge surges of people and vehicles rushing past me when zergs will counterattack and charge a base. Its pretty awesome.

D0cs
D0cs

@coop36 @Setho10 It really is one of those things that never gets old.


I've played the game for almost 2 years and I still have to stop and just stare in amazement sometimes when a massive wave of players are battling their way towards an enemy.

xantufrog
xantufrog moderator

This game really looks great - I'm always tempted to give it a try, but I have too big a backlog of finishable (single player) games to dive into it

pongley
pongley

@xantufrog It always felt a bit too "plasticy" for my tastes. The gunplay feels pretty artificial and most of the fights I've found myself in usually involve 3/4 of the players huddled around one choke point firing pot shots at each other while the rest zip around trying to kamikaze the vehicles into people.

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

TitanBot: 6 v 6 against stupid AI bots on small stale maps

Planetside 2: Thousand player servers battling it out over an entire continent

pnova
pnova

@eternal_napalm Titanbots also has an generic story while you play on your 6v6 maps and that's suppose to mean something lol

AzureBonds76
AzureBonds76

You guys that play on the PC...on average how much have you spent on buying stuff in game?

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

@AzureBonds76 

Zero, then again I only played it casually till I got bored of it. 

Setho10
Setho10

@AzureBonds76 It's entirely possible to have fun without spending money as long as you are willing to invest the time into it. Like most F2P games that claim they are not pay 2 win you can unlock and use almost all worthwhile weapons, vehicles, and upgrades just by playing, but you'll have to play for dozens of hours to do so. Still, even lower level gear is fun to use and with smart play you can make a difference even without a high level character. I've spent nothing but only played 20 or so hours of the game. That is more because of how demanding the game is graphically though. It can look truly stunning but you need a monster PC for it to look that good when there are dozens or even hundreds of players fighting for a single base. It's a lot better than it was at launch though. Back then I could barely run the thing. Now my computer can at least handle medium sized battles.

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

@AzureBonds76 I bought the alpha back a couple years ago. 40 bucks. Came with all sorts of goodies. Well worth it, and I haven't spent a penny since.

pissant_77
pissant_77

@AzureBonds76 The great thing is, the only thing you MUST pay real money for is only cosmetic stuff. All weapons etc have the choice of real or in game earned currency. People who choose not to pay are not at a disadvantage. You may see a weapon and just have to have it right now so you elect to spend real money. Or you decide you can wait and save up in game currency.

coop36
coop36

@pissant_77 @AzureBonds76 Yeah, I couldnt comprehend this at first. But theres no catch. You can put in the time and earn the loot or spend a little money instead. I dont mind earning it though since I enjoy playing anyway. But everyones time and priorities differ of course.

Oh and sometimes they even give away the cosmetic stuff too. Got 2 new camos from the World Domination Series. Some people even were given free weapons. GOOD weapons.

pissant_77
pissant_77

@coop36 Too true. I got 1 camo and they're worth $5. Sometimes they'll have a sale of an item for 1SC (Sony's Station Credit) which = 1c

Halloll
Halloll

@AzureBonds76 the only worthwhile thing money can get you is boosts, in game items are well balanced that the only deciding factors is how many Cert (skill point) you spend to upgrade your abilities.

blackace
blackace

I'll have to try it. Haven't really played PS2 for awhile now.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@godhand1942 @dannydopamine8 What and Planetside 2 is an improvement over those? They are all terrible. I think I'd honestly rather not play FPS at all than play this boring piece of trash.

godhand1942
godhand1942

@dannydopamine8 Ya quite a lot do. Hossin is also pretty great. Frankly, what other shooter game can I play after playing Planetside? 


BF4? Hah....

CoD? .....

Titanfall? Why would I play against bots?

D0cs
D0cs

@Dannystaples14 @godhand1942 @dannydopamine8 Each to their own. PlanetSide 2 is a pretty unique experience, especially with a good outfit. There's not really any games that can quite compare, so that's its selling point.


BF4/CoD games are a dime a dozen these days so they don't tend to offer much new.