PlanetSide Arena shores up early access bugs as Steam reviews hit ‘mixed’

    
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Credit where credit’s due, the folks at PlanetSide Arena appear to be on top of their game in terms of keeping major issues with the large-scale battle royale shooter at bay. Shortly after a Reddit post noted some serious bugs were on the developers’ radar, a hotfix was kicked out to mitigate at least most of them. That said, the speed of these fixes may not be much in the face of some withering criticism and lax player populations.

The bugs in question were pretty severe, including one that made players invulnerable on rare occasions, client crashes on certain hardware and driver setups, and FPS hitching during certain UI-related events. A couple of hours after the Reddit post, a hotfix was deployed that should correct the client crash issue and invulnerability bug. Those who are experiencing the FPS hitching are being asked to disable the Recursion Stat Tracker and report in if the fix works. Additionally, the game has also been taken down for maintenance to apply some server improvements. The Reddit post mentions that a number of other issues are being looked at and will be addressed once release notes have been published.

As of this writing, PlanetSide Arena appears to be stumbling out of the gate, with SteamCharts reporting a peak concurrency of 1,481 players in a game that touted the ability to host 300-player matches and 1,000 player fights. The game is also seeing “Mixed” reviews on Steam, with some reviews calling it a “battle royale game built from PlanetSide 2 assets” and others saying it’s “a solid foundation” with “potential to grow and improve over time.” Of course, you’re welcome to write your own not-Steam reviews if you’ve had time in-game in our comments!

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Jeremy K

Maybe look at a good majority of the negative reviews and realize that half, or more, of them have less than 1 hour of playtime.

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Denice J. Cook

Right from the start, the very thought of Everquest franchise Lifetime sub money being snagged and redirected to slap this thing together irked me.

Steam reviews are not making this idea any less cringe-worthy.

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Jeremy Barnes

If only there was a platform that didn’t allow reviews so they could hide the terribleness of the game and trick people into paying for it.

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Jack Pipsam

It hasn’t really gotten any serious attention, it’s really just been shunted out of the blue with only a couple videos prior after months of deathly silence. I’m sadly not surprised by the low numbers, people either just don’t know or don’t care. Daybreak shot themselves in the foot, I surely hope they didn’t expect like 50k+ players right now in the state it’s in.

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Fisty

BR sadness :(

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Dankey Kang

I feel the majority of the negativity is from disgruntled PS2 vets, which is kind of strange since they’re basically shooting themselves in the foot with that behavior.

Played a few games of Squads last night, it is fun but it definitely does not have the je ne sais quoi it needs to stand up against Apex/Fortnite etc.. People are sick to death of BR and PS:A is in the unique position to bring back team based objective shooting, but on a scale that no other games are capable of. They really, really need to shake off the BR and show the people something new.

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NecroFox4

Anybody who’s played PS2 has played PSA. It’s such a shame that they chose to chase the BR fad, instead of investing the time, effort, and cash into PS2.

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François Verret

Looks like setting the game in the PlanetSide universe was both a curse and a blessing. The latter because they could just use existing PS2 assets, and the former because PlanetSide players are angry the game was even made.