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Planetside Next delayed, dev team possible expanded

Sunday, 3 April 2011 23:53 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Planetside Next will see a delayed release, but benefit from increased investment – contrary to current trends at Sony Online Entertainment.

“Planetside Next is getting more resources and will be out a little later in the year,” SoE president John Smedley told Planetside Universe.

“But we are pulling out all the stops to make it great.”

The writer who spoke to Smedley interpreted the statement as suggesting the game’s development team is set to expand.

A producer’s letter with more details is expected shortly.

Last week, SoE confirmed rumours of massive layoffs, with one third of staff let go, three studio closures, and the cancellation of The Agency.

Planetside Next is the sequel to 2003′s Planetside, SoE’s successful MMO shooter, and is expected late this year.

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8 Comments

  1. Erthazus

    Something tells me that this game is going to be cancelled.

    It’s already delayed without proper announcement… Oh Sony, Sony…

    #1 4 years ago
  2. deathgaze

    ^ This.

    All signs point toward cancellation or being delayed by a year or more. They haven’t shown us any screen shots, any trailers or shown any reporters the game in private. All we’ve seen is a few character and vehicle models. The game was supposed to come out this summer and they expect us to believe the game exists, somehow.

    It’s a shame too. I loved PlanetSide and was really looking forward to this project. PlanetSide was unique when it came out and, in some respects still is. Too bad the project smells like vaporware.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. DSB

    I don’t see any logic in what you guys are saying.

    They’re saying they’re upping the team, and you deduct from that that it’s cancelled? Errr, what? They want to make sure they pay severance to as many employees as possible, when the company is already in trouble? I guess they could be outsourcing, but it would be pretty unlikely at this point that they aren’t betting the company on this.

    Fact is they haven’t even named the game, and I can’t imagine that this won’t be delayed, but I fail to see what SOE has going for it these days, if not this – Everquest, DC Universe? Yeah, right.

    When the first Planetside launched, the FPS was certainly popular, as it always has been, but it was nowhere near the monster it is today. If they drop this project, they’re simply dumb as shit, since the label of “FPS MMO” (seemingly with a few Mass Effect touches, according to the concept art) will pretty much sell itself.

    Also, I NEED this game, damn it.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. deathgaze

    DSB: I feel your pain. I really want to be proven wrong. But the fact of the matter is that I think it’s totally fair to say what I said. We really don’t have any definitive evidence that the game exists beyond what SOE is saying.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. DSB

    I know, and it is totally fair, but really, what future does SOE have without it?

    DC Universe is great according to people who play it, but it has no staying power in my opinion, it’s just too niche. And Everquest has been in obscurity since WoW came along, people will still play it, but enough to base a company on that alone?

    They haven’t said anything to suggest a scrap, and really this speaks for the opposite. They’ve just been very reluctant to start hyping the game, and it probably wouldn’t have been confirmed if it hadn’t been for stubborn journalists and an excited insider jumping the gun.

    If it’s heading for the heap, then they don’t really have a future, and I don’t really buy it. They have talent and potential, and I think SOE needs this as bad as I do :P

    #5 4 years ago
  6. deathgaze

    DSB: I think we can find common ground, there. These cutbacks recently amount to a major restructuring of SOE. Something happened. Something big. I can surmise that some ultimatum came down from the Sony brass. It probably looked like this: “Get profitable or get gone.”

    SOE hadn’t released it’s numbers in awhile. When a developer isn’t tooting it’s horn about it’s numbers, that’s usually bad news. It’d probably be a fair assumption to make that, amongst the 30+ games that they’re probably running right now, a good number are not profitable or faltering.

    DC Universe didn’t have much going for it, either. And I’d be willing to bet that Free Realms isn’t doing too hot. Based on the projects left in development, I’d be willing to bet that the only games that are still profitable would be PlanetSide and EverQuest (the original, not the sequel).

    #6 4 years ago
  7. onlineatron

    I like the whole ‘this game doesn’t exist officially but here’s everything about it’ tact.

    Makes a refreshing change from the usual ‘You know it exists BUT WE SAY NOTHING’ approach.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. DSB

    @6 Yeah, that’s pretty much my take on it :)

    I’d say that if they were going to dump Planetside, the time to do it would’ve been the last call where Agent was cut as well.

    Maybe I’m a forced optimist on this one, but I just don’t think they’ve started hyping it yet. Pretty much all the information to get out has been looked to me like fan service.

    #8 4 years ago

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    Namco Bandai has started offering its PC titles on Humble Store, and this includes the recently released Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin. Other titles include Dragon Ball Xenoverse, and Project Cars. “In Japan, the Bandai Namco Group companies are known for supporting different charity programs and we are very happy to be […]

  • World of Tanks: 2,000 Bonus codes to give away

    Already have a World of Tanks account? We’ve got 2,000 codes for players to top up their Gold and Premium days. This weekend sees the World of Tanks Grand Finals take place in Poland, and we’ve got a bunch of game codes to give away to celebrate. Each Bonus PC code offers 150 Gold and […]

  • Mad Max contains Top Dog camps with boss fights

    Mad Max will have bases which vary in difficulty, some of which are considered a “finale” for a particular region and feature a boss fight. Speaking in the latest issue of GamesMaster via GamesRadar, the game’s producer John Fuller said this allows players to tailor their experience by deciding how much of a challenge they […]

  • Just Cause 3 gameplay trailer reveal coming next week

    Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 28, because you won’t want to miss the gameplay reveal of Just Cause 3. Avalanche tweeted the date along with a teaser, as seen below. The box art has also made an appearance. Keep an eye on the game’s YouTube page, and we’ll be sure to post the video […]

  • First paid Skyrim Steam Workshop mod has been pulled

    Valve’s new incentive which allows modders to charge for their creations hasn’t been live for 24 hours yet, and already, one mod has been pulled. The mod in question was Chesko’s Fishing Mod for Skyrim, which the creator pulled after a community member questioned whether Chesko had permission from the creator of the character-idle animations […]

  • Resident Evil HD Remaster has sold over one million copies worldwide

    The HD remaster of Resident Evil has sold over one million copies worldwide since its January 20 release, Capcom has announced. The company attributed the sales milestone to producing a “great product” along with excellent word of mouth and praise from fans. In February, Capcom said Resident Evil HD Remaster was its fastest-selling digital title […]

  • The Crew: the Raid Car Pack and Raid Live Update now available for download

    The Crew players can now download the Raid Car Pack which is the last of four themes car packs. The Raid Live Update is also available, and it contains six new tuning specs. The car pack contains three new cars: the 2012 Cadillac Escalade, the off-road 2011 Volkswagen Touareg NF and the McLaren F1 supercar. […]

  • Geralt is very professional in the latest Witcher 3: Wild Hunt TV spot

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new TV spot that’s short and to the point. The latest Witcher 3 trailer comes in the form of TV spot. It’s all CGI, and it looks good. If you’re more into gameplay trailers, the latest one will serve you well. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out […]

  • Steam roguelike sale is live, offers deep discounts on a stellar collection of titles

    If you’re into challenging, procedurally-generated, and infinitely-replayable games, Steam’s current sale will hook you up. Steam is hosting a sale on roguelike games. Plenty of titles in the genre are on sale for upwards of 75% off. Highlights include Risk of Rain at 75% off, Don’t Starve at 66% off, Spelunky at 75% off, FTL: […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 finally gets online co-op in Raid Mode on Xbox One

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has been patched to support online play in Raid Mode on Xbox One. The Xbox One version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 lacked online support in Raid Mode for a long time. Until today. A new patch has been released to bring that version in line with the rest of them. […]

  • A section in Killing Floor 2′s EULA about cyberbullying is riling up some fans

    Killing Floor 2 has recently got into a bit of trouble with some fans due to a clause in its EULA that gives the developer the right to revoke a user’s license without prior notice. The Killing Floor 2 EULA – just like many others found in modern games, has a section dedicated to cheating […]

  • World of Tanks: 2,000 free tanks and in-game cash to giveaway

    To celebrate the World of Tanks grand finals this weekend we’ve got some great freebies to give away to new players. We have 2,000 PC invite codes to giveaway, with each one offering new accounts a T2 Light Tank, 100 Gold and 1 Days Premium worth around €8.00. All you need to do is enter […]

  • Marvel announces partnership with Telltale, first game due in 2017

    Marvel and Telltale have entered into a partnership that will allow the developer to work on a new game series, due in 2017. Telltale has announced that it has partnered with Marvel Games, Marvel Entertainment’s video games division, for the development of a new game series. No indication was given as to what the new […]

  • Destiny: Bungie is not saying no to a player trading system

    Bungie has not completely ruled out the idea of bringing a trading system to Destiny. Destiny does not offer any way for players to trade items amongst themselves. But ever since the game’s release, players have never stopped asking Bungie to add one in. While the developer does not have a satisfying answer, it’s still […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for April 24, 25 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    The weekend Exotics market run by Xur: Agent of the Nine is now open for business. Destiny’s bizarre vendor, Xur, has arrived at the Tower. Xur is your man if you’re looking for Exotic armour or weapons. Not only that, but he will also let you exchange your old Exotic gear for new, upgraded versions. […]

  • Warcraft movie delayed yet again

    The Warcraft movie will no longer hit theatres in March 2016. The release date of the Warcraft movie has been pushed back by three months. The movie was expected in March 2016, but Legendary Pictures announced yesterday that it is now due on June 10, 2016. No reason was given for the delay. This is […]

  • Destiny: Iron Banner returns on April 28

    Destiny’s Iron Banner PvP event will return this Tuesday. Bungie has announced that the Iron Banner, it’s once-every-few-weeks PvP event, will make a return with next week’s weekly reset. It was initially due this week, but because of the recent Crucible changes that were implemented with patch 1.1.2, Bungie wanted to wait and see. That […]

  • Deus Ex devs take the piss out of Black Ops 3

    Deus Ex developers have been having a bit of a laugh at the expense of Call of Duty’s official Twitter account. You would be forgiven to think that yesterday’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 ‘Ember’ teaser was part of an ad campaign for a Deus Ex game, with all the biohacking, wearable tech, augmentation, […]

  • Bungie weekly update: Commendations begone

    Destiny’s weekly update is here to determine the fate of all those Commendations you’ve been earning in the past few months. Bungie started off this week’s update with a recap of the details revealed during the recent livestream. There wasn’t really anything on this front that they haven’t talked about already. With the exception of […]

  • This GTA 5 trainer lets you play as almost anything and it’s the best thing ever

    Want to play GTA 5 as a monkey, a cat, a fish, a deer or some other non-human thing that we eat or keep as a pet? ScriptHook has you covered. Not only can you play as critters, it change other game values, according to an explanation from PC Gamer. These values include making changes […]