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SOE on PlanetSide 2 in 2025

Smed's Blog has word from SOE's John Smedley on their goal of supporting PlanetSide 2 for more than a decade in a massive update about the MMOFPS sequel, following a tweet showing off concept art for a Bastion Fleet Carrier being designed for the game (thanks VG247 where they also note a post on Massively discussing plans to make Station Cash purchases in the game available account-wide). Here's a portion of the post on the game's future:

We have games that have run for over 13 years, so when we're making Planetside 2 we aren't looking at what it's like in 2012. We're thinking about a game we plan to have running in 2025. Yeah. Really. I plan on doing a lot of direct comparisons to other games. When I'm doing that in no way do I want any of this to be viewed as me slamming other games. I've played the heck out of Battlefield 2 and 3 as well as BFBC2. I've also played a ton of MW2 and MW3 as well as TF2. I am primarily a PC gamer. I've also played on teams extensively. All of the above games are amazing and are made by people with tremendous talent and passion that I have the utmost respect for. We're making Planetside 2 to be a game we at SOE want to play. We've gotten a lot of inspiration from elements of the above games as well as many other games.. including our own and especially from the original Planetside which we released back in 2003. Well ahead of it's time. This isn't meant to be a super comprehensive FAQ on Planetside 2 - just some things I wanted to get out there after reading a lot of questions and comments. Also - it's late.. I'm not spending a ton of time formatting this too well, so sorry for the wall of text in many spots.

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13. Re: More Big Picture Details Dec 1, 2012, 18:04 J
 
Crustacean Soup wrote on Dec 1, 2012, 17:44:
J wrote on Dec 1, 2012, 17:32:
I've yet to see any real benefits to being in a squad in PS2.

  • Squad bonus XP
  • Squad organization and teamwork (waypoints; nearest deploy point near leader is Green; you can see squad members on the HUD; squad text and voice communication; etc.)
  • Squad spawn beacons
  • Squad/platoon-locked vehicles are open to you (and a number of squads do lock their vehicles, even if they're open squads)

  • You can solo, but it's definitely more rewarding when you're squaded.

    If you're just in it for the XP, then maybe it's not that much more rewarding, but then I don't know why you'd play this game at all.
    I played four hours solo and four hours in a squad and both ended up at the same level. I found solo to be more rewarding so far, both in terms of experience points and of gameplay experiences.

    Frankly I've done the squad leader thing and I know what to look for so I can position myself accordingly (in the thick of it with my heavy or flanking/supporting with my infiltrator). And with a majority of players (I have played with) in PS2 not communicating, zerging, and the way benefits are awarded, I currently find solo to be better.
     
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    12. Re: SOE on PlanetSide 2 in 2025 Dec 1, 2012, 18:03 [VG]Reagle
     
    Join up with the Devil Dogs on Connery. We normally have 200-400 people online at once in our outfit.

    Out platoons have 48 members each and we have and airwing, armor division and special operations.

    http://forums.planetside-devildogs.com/forum.php
     
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    I am much better now.
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    11. Re: SOE on PlanetSide 2 in 2025 Dec 1, 2012, 17:54 Crustacean Soup
     
    Yeah, I don't believe it shows their location on the map if you're looking at other continents. Insert or Instant Action will deploy you over to their continent, though.  
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    10. Re: SOE on PlanetSide 2 in 2025 Dec 1, 2012, 17:51 Wildone
     
    Hmm I didn't see any of that, I had the 'squad' button checked on the map guide and never saw any icons for them. It wont work if your on a different planet? I tried all 3 and never saw a way to spawn on him or near them (not knowing where they were) of course they were dicks and didn't tell me either...

    Thanks for the help!
     
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    9. Re: SOE on PlanetSide 2 in 2025 Dec 1, 2012, 17:49 Crustacean Soup
     
    Insert will (or rather, is supposed to) spawn you on your Squad Leader. You can only use it once every few minutes. If Insert doesn't work, go to the map and click the Squad Leader button at the bottom-left to Instant Action onto them (again, once every few minutes at max).

    Most of the time, once you're on the same continent as the rest of your squad, you just spawn at the spawn point closest your squad leader. This might be a squad spawn beacon, if they put one down. Whatever the closest spawn point to your squad leader is gets colored green in the redeploy screen. Once deployed, squad members show on your HUD and map with green icons.
     
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    8. Re: More Big Picture Details Dec 1, 2012, 17:46 Wildone
     
    Uhm there is no 'join squad' button..how in the hell do you find your group?! I clicked my squad leaders name all it said was 'send message' and something else..I could'nt spawn on them...really???!??  
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    7. Re: More Big Picture Details Dec 1, 2012, 17:44 Crustacean Soup
     
    J wrote on Dec 1, 2012, 17:32:
    I've yet to see any real benefits to being in a squad in PS2.

  • Squad bonus XP
  • Squad organization and teamwork (waypoints; nearest deploy point near leader is Green; you can see squad members on the HUD; squad text and voice communication; etc.)
  • Squad spawn beacons
  • Squad/platoon-locked vehicles are open to you (and a number of squads do lock their vehicles, even if they're open squads)

  • You can solo, but it's definitely more rewarding when you're squaded.

    If you're just in it for the XP, then maybe it's not that much more rewarding, but then I don't know why you'd play this game at all.
     
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    6. Re: More Big Picture Details Dec 1, 2012, 17:32 J
     
    Hump wrote on Dec 1, 2012, 16:32:
    the single most important thing you need to remember in PS2 is that it is a TEAM oriented game. join a squad the second you log in. Make sure the the leader is setting waypoints and giving orders so that you can focus on objectives. in most MMO's I much prefer soloing over guilds etc but in PS2, it (grouping) adds to the fun immeasurably. Plus your XP goes up much faster
    I disagree. I found squad-based play to be more rewarding in PS1, but in PS2 I do equally well (if not better now) when I solo. The way the XP currently is means all you have to do is show up in an attack, kill things, and be there when the cap goes through. I've yet to see any real benefits to being in a squad in PS2.
     
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    5. Re: More Big Picture Details Dec 1, 2012, 16:59 TangledThorns
     
    I won't be gaming in 2025, I'll be traveling to the Moon in my flying space car.

    Ugh.
     
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    4. Re: More Big Picture Details Dec 1, 2012, 16:32 Hump
     
    LgFriess wrote on Dec 1, 2012, 15:54:
    I'm enjoying it... a lot. And it totally surprises me. I'm not much of a twitch, multi player gamer nowadays, but the game really has been great for me so far. Tough getting started, and I die waaayyy too much but I'm learning.

    Just sitting on top of a mountain looking down on a raging battle is quite a sight. Knowing all of those tanks, aircraft, machine gun blasts going off are other players going at it is impressive.

    My one concern is lasting appeal. You win hard fought battles, take territory, take over huge parts of the map, and within an hour it can all be gone. So it leaves me a little empty in that respect. So then the long term appeal comes back to you fine tuning your character and finding a great group to play with. So we'll see how it all turns out.

    Give it a shot! Even if you're an old, slow, feeble gamer like I am, there's fun to be had.

    the single most important thing you need to remember in PS2 is that it is a TEAM oriented game. join a squad the second you log in. Make sure the the leader is setting waypoints and giving orders so that you can focus on objectives. in most MMO's I much prefer soloing over guilds etc but in PS2, it (grouping) adds to the fun immeasurably. Plus your XP goes up much faster
     
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    3. Re: More Big Picture Details Dec 1, 2012, 15:54 LgFriess
     
    I'm enjoying it... a lot. And it totally surprises me. I'm not much of a twitch, multi player gamer nowadays, but the game really has been great for me so far. Tough getting started, and I die waaayyy too much but I'm learning.

    Just sitting on top of a mountain looking down on a raging battle is quite a sight. Knowing all of those tanks, aircraft, machine gun blasts going off are other players going at it is impressive.

    My one concern is lasting appeal. You win hard fought battles, take territory, take over huge parts of the map, and within an hour it can all be gone. So it leaves me a little empty in that respect. So then the long term appeal comes back to you fine tuning your character and finding a great group to play with. So we'll see how it all turns out.

    Give it a shot! Even if you're an old, slow, feeble gamer like I am, there's fun to be had.
     
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    2. Re: More Big Picture Details Dec 1, 2012, 15:33 Axis
     
    Would love to see some stats. No clans from my gaming circles are buzzing, looking to be a dud in my present estimation.

     
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    Yours truly,

    Axis
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    1. Re: More Big Picture Details Dec 1, 2012, 15:13 HorrorScope
     
    If it were so simple.  
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