“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.
— PlanetSide Arena (@PlanetSideArena) January 24, 2019