Daybreak just posted a PlanetSide Arena teaser after six months of silence

    
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In December of last year, Daybreak announced its next big PlanetSide venture: a massive-scale battle royale game called PlanetSide Arena with tie-ins to the PlanetSide 2 MMO. The buy-to-play title was meant to hit early access in January. Then it was delayed to March. And then in March, it was delayed to “summer” and the studio refunded pre-orders, which many gamers thought spelled the end of the game (or at least its buy-to-play ambitions). And then… nothing. We haven’t heard a peep from Daybreak about the game in six months.

That’s changed as of today, as the game’s official Twitter crackled back to life this afternoon for the first time since March with this cryptic tweet and the teeny-tiniest of videos:

Huh. Maybe they’re gonna squeak in here at the end of summer after all?

Worth noting also is that we’ve been covering some behind-the-scenes filings of new corporate names and trademarks, hinting that some sort of studio split or at least rebrand for the Daybreak game studios is in the works.

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Dankey Kang

Well at least we know it’s not cancelled now.

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Jack Pipsam

A day after they take Briggs away from me, guh!

That said, I am (or was) more willing to give Planetside Arena a go than most are, I was even stupid-stupid-stupid enough to have actually pre-ordered it on Steam haha and I don’t really pre-order anything any more, so I had put a vote of confidence in them back when they first announced it.
I want Planetside as an IP to do well, Briggs aside (although I admit they could have easily ditched it years ago, it’s just the way they did it more than doing it), they’ve put an incredible amount of effort, work & love into Planetside 2 over the last year. They’ve added AI faction, DirectX11, a whole new continent in the works, all of these in isolation no small feat and one if you had asked in a couple years ago I thought they were well beyond.

But for Arena itself? Not sure I have that same confidence in them any more, they’ve been silent too long and Daybreak is clearly up to something, whatever that thing is.

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Yaner

Same thing they’re always up to…

Making money. Why you think they jumped on the hype train for yet ANOTHER crack at making a BR game. They just need to give up and sell the Planetside franchise to a competent developer. They’ve been pulling everyone’s chain for years saying they don’t have the money to support Planetside 2 full-time, and then they popped out with this stupid game no one asked for, pouring God knows how much money and development time into it instead of just supporting Planetside 2 or making Planetside 3.

They are one of the most grubby and inept developers on the planet. They make zero sense and no intuition. It’s all about what’s in the now and popular. Hopefully this bankrupts them. I hate sounding so vengeful, but this company has really left a sour taste in my mouth. All they do is lie and find ways to drain more money from their dwindling playerbase instead of actually doing something decent with themselves.

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Dankey Kang

I think you need to stop playing video games and get a new hobby.

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Jack Pipsam

Planetside 2 is getting more support now than it has for years, many believe Planetside Arena is the cause of it, a renewed investment by Daybreak into the IP.

Planetside Arena will most likely flop, I cannot see it doing well in a market unless they’re very lucky and make it free. But it is what brought Planetside 2 an incredible amount of progress over the last year. During the last couple rounds of layoffs, the Planetside team seemed to be the only unaffected.

Planetside 3 makes no sense to make at all, overly expensive and for what? Just to split the current Planetside community in half. But a spin-off shooter removing the open-world, focusing on firefights, that could work if it’s done right. A bit like another attempt of what Section 8 did.

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Randy Savage

Rogue PlanetSide?