Rumor: Daybreak might be building a new PlanetSide game

    
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So who else had “the PlanetSide franchise gets a class-based battle royale” in the predictions pool? Welp, looks like it’s happening. We’ve gotten several unsubstantiated tips on this now, but the trademark filing for something called PlanetSide Arena, as linked to us by tipster Scott, makes them all look a lot more legitimate.

Of course, MMO players will recall that Daybreak has filed trademarks that as yet haven’t gone anywhere, but it looks like those odd lore additions in PlanetSide 2 this summer and the uptick in game development this year weren’t a happy accident. We’ll be filing this one under rumor until we know more.

Source: Trademarkia via Twitter. With thanks to Fantmx, Scott, and Anon.
Update Dec 5
A reader named Daniel has also pointed us to what looks like Daybreak’s official YouTube channel for the new game too. Now there’s something fun to sub to.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXZNafwGxh0ONGJdv0Ugk5A/

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Yaner

I absolutely love Planetside, but if DBG tries to make another piss poor feeble attempt to enter the Battle Royale market and use Planetside to do it I’m going to flip. Seriously quit DBG, you already failed with H1Z1. Planetside 2 is really the only franchise you got left going for you, don’t alienate and piss off the only fans you have left with a BR game.

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Jack Pipsam

It kinda makes sense. Planetside 2 never stopped development, but it always a trickle over long periods.
But suddenly, new map in the works, lore,, AI robots, no layoffs on the team and all kinds of stuff. There had to be another reason.

I just hope it isn’t Battle Royal, that would be stupid. What could work is a scaled back game though, put it on Steam.

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wratts

If it’s got a cash shop for their Russian financiers to launder money through, might as well do a cheap asset flip and clean some money

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Alyn

comment image ah ha! another Putin caper!

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budtoker420

Yet another copy cat attempt now with a mediocre franchise by a bottom-feeding publisher. I’m so tired of this cycle of just copying whatever the current gaming fad is rather than doing something completely new and interesting. How many BR games do we really need?

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Degen Atron

Evolution happens through iteration. If you don’t want to play it, then don’t. It will fail and die through natural selection. But iterating on proven concepts is how we get better games. Should any game developer been booed for using ingame assets to drive story without cutscenes after Half-Life 1 was released?

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Alyn

Battle Royale? How “new” is that?

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Degen Atron

I’d be interested in a 100v100v100 arena style “event” that occurs on a regular basis. In fact, it was something I advocated in 2013 – back before all of the resources were rolled into a single resource “nanites”. The idea was to battle over “offline” bases – instanced arenas – that would provide global bonuses to infantry, air, and armor resources. I’d feel pretty vindicated if they rolled out something like that.

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Ittybumpkin

They are running out of existing games to ruin, so they are making a new one to ruin in fun and exciting ways

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Mr.McSleaz

lmao :)

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laelgon

I’m 99% sure the this will be a Battle Royale that almost exclusively uses existing assets from Planetside 2.

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Weilan

What will be the backstory of this? The three factions have been fighting forever and the battle seems nowhere near its end so they decide to have a Battle Shityale and the one who is #1 depending on which faction they are from wins the war? xD

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Degen Atron

I’d already written a backstory to this five years ago. There are facilities which are far from the global resource network – “Offline Facilities”. These facilities must be reconnected to the network on a regular basis – examples I gave before would be a oil derrick far out in the ocean, a mining site surrounded by vast dessert, or a space station in orbit. Empires must dispatch elite teams to secure these valuable remote resources via the HART shuttle. The facilities are on a time-lock, secured by the last winner. When the time-lock runs out of power, the facility becomes vulnerable. Empires stage their forces to retake the base when they become vulnerable. Because these facilities are offline, there is no ability to respawn. The only way to stay in the fight is to be revived by a medic. When the locks drop, a 100v100v100 “Battle Royale” ensues.

I retype this here because my original post was lost on the old Planetside Forums – so at least maybe I can point here to say “I told ya so.”

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Weilan

Cool, I didn’t know that was doable. I wrote it as a joke. But still, if they plan to do a BR game, that’s not good.

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IronSalamander8 .

Daybreak actually making something new? I can’t see it happening. This sounds like them trying to keep people spending money on their dying IPs before selling off the assets.

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Armsbend

Re-use art assets to build a quick BR and get “new” game publicity out of it. Laziest of lazy moves by one of the worst developers in the business.

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IronSalamander8 .

So basically PUBG but with the added ‘fun’ of Daybreak!

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Degen Atron

It’s easy to sit on the sidelines and critique the players on the field.

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Adam Russell

Who do you imagine them selling their assets to?

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traja

This is not for me but I guess it makes sense. Planetside 2 already has so many of the things that you need for BR. Large map, weapons, attachments, vehicles… Umm, I guess that’s pretty much it. Not the most complicated genre.

Also there is room in the market still. Fortnite has BR for kids and casuals on lock but outside of that no game has taken over in a similar way.