To hear PlanetSide 2’s lead designer Wrel say it, the devs have plans. Plans and schemes. Plans and schemes and ideas. Or at the very least something to look forward to at the beginning of 2020 related to giving player outfits of the online shooter something to chase – as well as reason to quell worries over the fact that PlanetSide Arena is toast.
In a dev letter last night, Wrel announced that the team is “crafting something exciting for a first quarter 2020 release,” which will focus on “the tenets of coordination, camaraderie, and conquest.” Details are a bit slim right now, but the letter hints that this new update is going to improve on outfit progression in some way.
“For the past seven years, we’ve seen many examples of highly motivated outfit leaders who are capable of commanding legions of devoted soldiers into battle. Over time, many of those skillful leaders (and their outfit members) have left the game. A common point of feedback for those players is that there wasn’t a greater goal worth pursuing with their outfit, and that an outfit felt more like a glorified friends list than an integrated part of the core experience.
This is something we’d like to correct in 2020.”
Information is going to remain limited for the time being, but players should expect a January announcement. Of course, you’re free to speculate on just what this update is (or what it should be) yourself. Go nuts.