PlanetSide Arena has officially launched into early access – here’s the new trailer

    
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Delays are in the past: “Massive” battle royale PlanetSide Arena is officially hitting early access today, rolling into what Daybreak is calling the “first phase” of its test. As we’ve been covering for most of 2019, PSA was originally announced last year for a January early access this year, but it was delayed twice with refunds, followed by radio silence for six months before the company resurfaced in August with the new early access announcement. Full launch is expected in Q2 of next year.

“Our initial launch in Early Access will feature the new Squads mode (12 soldiers per Squad) and Teams mode (3 solders per Team) in epic 300-player matches,” Daybreak has previously noted. “Three initial character classes (Assault, Engineer, and Medic) and an expansive motor pool including tanks, hovercraft, and jetpacks offer players a variety of strategies and playstyles to choose from in every match, with freer movement mechanics and more explosive combat options than ever before. The new personal loadout system, a visual overhaul for the game, and character mods that add utility to your weapons and battle suits are just a few of the additional new features we’ve worked to implement since our first beta sessions.”

The MMORPG studio’s also promised to add “additional modes, vehicles, weapons, classes, events, and maps” while the game’s in early access, including the bit that makes this a “massive” battle royale: Massive Clash, described as “an intense base vs base conflict that supports up to 1,000 players.”

The game is free-to-play now, with two upgrade editions available on Steam. You can catch the brand-new launch trailer – and its interesting choice to use Blues Saraceno’s 5-4-3-2-1 Here We Go as the music track – below.

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Obi Wan

My condolences to anyone who falls for this pathetic cash grab. When a garbage company like Daybreak decides to produce a me-too battle royale game three years too late, it’s essentially the 2020 video game equivalent of a fidget spinner (please attempt to contain your excitement). For those that even cared about the genre at one point, the novelty had worn off long before those brilliant Daybreak execs decided this steaming heap of excrement would generate enough revenue to further string along its gullible investors for another year. Spare us already.

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Jack Pipsam

I’ve spent a brief time with it now. It’s… underwhelming. I mean there’s not a great deal to say, it is what it says on the tin, it’s generic Battle Royal with a PlanetSide coat of paint.

I can see why they wanted to get the heck out of the way of Apex Legends, although I don’t know what they’ve been doing in the time since. Sure it’s early access, but in such a crowded space (including their own H1Z1 within it), to come out with something which feels just a bit off out of the gate is awful.

There’s three servers, North American, Asia & Europe. I was able to find a match in Asia pretty quick, although it wasn’t full by any means.

Spawning your own buggy at any moment is kinda cool, but I don’t know if that’s a response to the huge map or the map was a response to it. Large maps are fine, but if the playerbase won’t be there, then like in my case, there’s a lot of faffing around just trying to find something to do.

I like PlanetSide, so I wish it the best, but eeeeeeeehhhhhhhhhhhhhh…

PS. Calling the death zone a “Pain Field” feels almost comical somehow.

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laelgon

Day 1 and the game is full of hackers zooming around the map flying around the map headshotting everyone. Honestly stay away from this steaming pile of garbage. The sooner Daybreak dies, the better.

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Dankey Kang

Why are you like this man? It’s not normal.

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Arktouros

Hackers were a huge problem in Planetside 2. I found it pretty useful information to hear that they’re also now in their spinoff game.

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Baemir

Hackers were not a “huge” problem in PS2. In fact I think they were never a huge problem in any online shooter. I’ve been playing these sorts of games since my age was a single digit, and I must have run into 20 or 30 hackers over all those years. Way too many people assume that players with good aim are hackers. They’re not.

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Bruno Brito

It’s DBG. Of course it’s mediocre and F2P. Did anyone expect anything different?

It’s also a moba that launched in the middle of 2019, after Fortnite and PUBG.

Good luck with that.

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laelgon

Seems to be exactly the soulless cash grab people expected, based on the Steam reviews so far. A buggy, mediocre battle royale that has none of what made Planetside unique.

Didn’t realize they changed it to F2P, so I’ll probably check it out to see how bad it is for myself. [Insert “I expect nothing, and I’m still disappointed” meme here.]

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Rialto

I played a match in teams and it was better than I expected. I was shocked it’s mostly third-person, but in a good way.

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Jack Pipsam

Downloading right now, I’m curious as heck to see what this really plays like, provided there’s enough players for it to find a match that is :P

Although that trailer doesn’t really give off the vibes I enjoy from PlanetSide in the slightest.

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Arktouros

Looks pretty yikes so far.

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Greaterdivinity

Wait…F2P? They dropped the B2P model? >.>

From the trailer it seems like the key selling points are vehicles and jetpacks? May give it a spin just to see how it is compared to PS2 since they dropped the box price.

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Malcolm Swoboda

I’m hearing word of P2W?

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Greaterdivinity

Haven’t seen anything to back this up yet, servers weren’t even up when the trailer went live (dunno if they are now).