Daybreak is delaying PlanetSide Arena’s early access launch to March

    
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Daybreak has announced that it’s delaying PlanetSide Arena’s planned early access launch from January 29th to March 26th.

“What we’ve discovered during playtesting is that while we’ve made significant strides towards that goal, there are crucial feature enhancements and core systems improvements we can make that will lift PlanetSide Arena to the level it deserves,” Daybreak writes today. “This game is a passion project for our team, with massive potential to occupy a unique space within the PlanetSide series and the overall shooter genre. And while we agonized about this decision down to the deadline, we ultimately decided taking extra time to supplement our feature set, fully optimize engine performance, and improve server infrastructure was absolutely necessary to deliver the quality, polished game the PlanetSide community deserves.”

The closed beta will, however, begin on January 30th; Daybreak says it’ll have more info on how to join tomorrow. And if you already preordered the game, you’ll want to pay close attention to what the studio is calling its Founders Season.

“Along with our Closed Beta news, we’re also excited to announce an additional bonus for those of you who pre-ordered: the Founders Season! The Founders Season will begin on February 20, 2019 and will feature an exclusive Battle Pass with items you can only earn during this season. Everyone who pre-orders PlanetSide Arena will immediately gain access to the Founders Season and Battle Pass on February 20. It’s our way of thanking all of you for hanging in there while we prime the Arena for launch. Between the unique items, specialized content, and exclusive Battle Pass, we’re excited to get you in for this very special Founders Season while we pave the way towards our full launch with Season 1 on March 26, 2019.”

DBG revealed the game just ahead of the holidays in December and just after laying off a sizeable portion of its studio working on a different title. It is indeed a battle royale title, though with a more “massive” angle than some of its competitors.

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Dankey Kang

I’m actually quite happy about this. Video games only get one first impression and as our boy Miyamoto would say “a delayed game is a eventually good, a rushed game is forever bad” or something along those lines. I’d rather it release in a state that doesn’t leave a bad taste in peoples mouths.

Anyway closed beta is next week so I’ll give it a shot then. I’m sure it’ll be fun.

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Armsbend

Miyamoto was not talking about Daybreak that much is sure.

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Mark Mealman

Seems like a lot of things are releasing in March. Not a good push back date.

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Armsbend

They extended the time so they could raise some capital before they tuck the money and run.

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Bruno Brito

I’m shocked, SHOCKED, to find out that PSA is being delayed.

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Armsman

Guess what happens when you lay off Devs…projects take longer.

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Ironwu

“…there are crucial feature enhancements…” == It’s not much fun to play.

“…core systems improvements…” == It does not run very well.

“… a passion project for our team…” == Succeed, or else!

“…decided taking extra time to…” == Get it somewhere, anywhere, above the waterline.

“…polished game the PlanetSide community deserves…” == Yeah, like they have EVER had that.

What a bunch of marketing garbage. ‘We can’t get it done. Please give us more money. We will deliver, honest.’

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Jack Pipsam

I knew this deep down. Considering it was only a few days from launch with not even a single word on beta, it was highly likely they’d delay it. I’m just surprised they got this close to the date before announcing it.

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Reht

There has been closed testing going on for some time. I am in it but beyond that can’t say anything else because of NDA.

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rafael12104

Ok. And so it begins. We dance!

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Greaterdivinity

I totally didn’t spend the better part of my day last weekend listening to/watching a 10 hour loop of that part of the song. And I totally didn’t bring that back up and am totally not listening to it right now because it’s just so catchy and amusing.

You monster.

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rafael12104

Lol!

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Gnomeland Security

Let’s dance!

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rafael12104

It’s the Daybreak Shuffle.

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rafael12104

Heh. The Badger. You have to give that one some respect.

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Armsman

Damn, that’s actually a catchy tune (but I’m NOT bookmarking the video….oh, wait….)

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Greaterdivinity

Was reading player concerns over the fact that apparently many who preordered haven’t received beta invites despite it’s previously imminent launch date.

Normally I’d say this is a good thing that they delayed rather than rushed out the game…but it’s just hard to view this as an actual positive given how rushed the initial announcement/release date were and what appears to be pretty minimal info dumps since then.

The Founders Season will begin on February 20, 2019 and will feature an exclusive Battle Pass with items you can only earn during this season.

And damn if it’s not hard to view this as a cynical grab for more blind preorders.

Still waiting for any updates on DX11 integration on PS2. May actually give it a spin again when that finally rolls out.

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Armsbend

“What we’ve discovered during playtesting is…”

we don’t know how to make video games. Sorry.

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Armsbend

Lol just re-read this gem
“This game is a passion project for our team,”

Ok. It totes isn’t a hail mary pass that everyone is counting on or you go bust. I’ve always been so very passionate about Arena – right after Fortnite made 40 trillion dollars. The Passion.

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Eliandal

No…..nothing like that, what they meant to say is “ooooops, we laid off our programmer”!!!