Smedley has bright predictions for PlanetSide 2’s future

    
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It’s been said before and will be said again a few more times before it’s no longer true: Fans of Daybreak games are a bit jittery at the moment. The company’s sudden shift away from Sony and subsequent layoffs and upheaval have not inspired confidence. That jittery nervousness is what president John Smedley has been addressing, most recently with a posting on Reddit to the PlanetSide 2 community. In short, according to Smedley, good things are in the wings for the game.

The plan is simple – We are going to be taking Planetside 2 to where it needs to be and finally address the stuff should have already. The metagame. We will once and for all be getting the Meta to where it just has to be. That means a comprehensive change that will involve completely revamping resources, changing what territory control means and spending a lot of time giving you reasons to fight. All of this will be done in a fully transparent manner in which we actually put our internal design docs out there for your comment and feedback.

Smedley explains that the team is currently focusing on getting the game ready for launch on the Playstation 4, but the console launch won’t mean the end of support or diminished support for the PC:

Planetside 2 is one of our core franchises. It will be here in ten years and assuming we can make the right choices it can be 10x as big as it is right now (on the PC, not even talking about adding console users). To those who think all we care about is the console – no, no, no. PC is our lead sku and is always going to be. We are very excited to bring PS2 to the Playstation 4. It’s really fun. Our console players are every bit as important to us as our PC players, but in terms of how we develop stuff, expect the PC to be the lead sku.

There’s also a new match mode in the wings for the game and plans to really address the title’s metagame, something that he admits hasn’t been adequately done since the launch. There’s a fair amount of vagueness in the address, but it should at least reassure players that the end is not just around the corner.

[Source: Reddit. Thanks, Kinya!]
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Jack Pipsam
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jauffins Jack Pipsam 
Planetside 1 is still online and active, although I think Smed wants to give the impression it closed.

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Jack Pipsam

Planetside 1 is still around? I was under the impression it was shut down, years ago.

Lheiah
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Akami Lheiah Well, I guess we are both misunderstanding one another. I have never played BF or CoD. This is my first fps and started right after launch. My first play session was 3 hours long with 3 kills and 288 deaths! I love this game exactly how it is and have gotten many, many, hours of entertainment out of it. This is the first open world pvp game I haven’t felt like it’s a gankfest either.

I’m a Prowler driver and often have to respawn at the warpgate, but, I don’t feel the horrible run back mechanics in PS2 that I do in GW2 and ESO for some reason. Of course I don’t die near as often anymore in PS2.

Ewe, lobby game, no way! Love the open world, sorry for the misunderstanding, but I think the spawn mechanics for armor or infantry are just fine the way they are. /shrug

NoYou
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NoYou

I find it remarkable that no one tries to defend Smed these days. It’s really saying something when even trolls won’t support you to get a rise out of people.

Cyberlight
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Cyberlight

I tried this game recently. I died a lot.

Akami
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Akami

Lheiah Akami This is a perfect example of the problem.  There are plenty of games that allow similar game play, with quick respawns, and no travel time to get to the combat.  (COD, BF, etc)  Is there a reason players with your mentality feel the need to try and voice opinion’s to change one of the few games still around that caters to our niche of more tactical & slower paced gameplay?

Some of the fondest memories of both PS1 and PS2 are of galaxy and sunderer rides to fights.  Joking around with friends over voice, and having a good time.  I’ve been in so many fire fights in both games I don’t even really have fond memories of any specific ones, yet I have strong memories of actually talking with and communicating with friends between fights.  You can’t get this type of thing in COD, BF, etc…. instead planetside is one of the few games that allows this type of thing.

As far as you not enjoying GW2 & ESO pvp.  Maybe you should stop trying to play triple faction pvp games then?  Rather than trying to change these games to something that fits you personally, go play one of the many games out there that actually does suit your preferences.

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They so royally f’d up this game. They released it with no objective. There is really no point to anything you do in the game. You can capture territory but it doesnt do anything. There is no more reason to capture territory than there is to spawn camp a graveyard.

Shadanwolf
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Shadanwolf

I was hoping Smedley would have gotten his walking papers like some of the other top management. He was a key decision maker that caused PS 2 to be the mess that it is.

Reihen
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Reihen

I like the concept of PS2 but it has always bee in desperate need of a metagame. Howeverm coming from De’ll Break Games… I’ll believe it when I see it.

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Koshelkin

Planetside 2 is a game I always wanted to get into but every time I try it, I get remembered how awfully bad I am at it.