The original PlanetSide was a massively-multiplayer online first-person shooter game published by Sony on 2003, and for many the game was ahead of its time as battles usually involved hundreds of players. These battles allowed them to control different strategic points and territories, causing repercussions to the three included factions. Also, the game had a basic experience system, allowing character progression in the form of ranks and new special abilities. Along with Neocron, PlanetSide is one of the few MMOFPS ever created.
Now, almost eight years after PlaneSide’s release, Sony Online Entertainment has officially announced a sequel at an event in Las Vegas. The new game will be developed with the Forgelight Engine, created by Sony Online. Allegedly, the game will also use Nvidia’s PhysX software for some realistic models and special effects.
Additionally, SOE revealed that the three preexisting factions will return to this sequel (Terran Republic, New Conglomerate and Vanu Sovereignty) and the fact that both land and air fight will be featured in the game. The game’s business model has yet to be announced and even though a subscription-based service is possible there are rumors about the game being free-to-play.
Furthermore, there isn’t a release date yet, but a Beta was confirmed. The game was announced for the PC, but most people are expecting a PS3 release as well. After all, SOE developed both Free Realms and DC Universe Online for the console.