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PlanetSide 2 to Go Live by December 31, 2012 September 7, 2012

Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, PlanetSide 2, Sony Online Entertainment.
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Today’s SOE announcement was the PlanetSide 2 Alpha Squad, a deal by which you could get into the PlanetSide 2 beta, get some Station Cash, and get a few special early adopter perks, including a “Founder” title, all for $39.95.

Join Alpha for Beta!

Good stuff, and I know some people will jump right on that.

But down in the FAQ section, we appear to get a reveal as to the expected launch date for PlanetSide 2.

Q. I’ve purchased the Alpha Squad Package. When do I get my items?

A. Your Beta access starts immediately, and you will receive 4000 Station Cash immediately! You will receive your in-game items upon the launch of PlanetSide 2, on or before December 31, 2012.

That seems like a pretty firm statement to me.  We shall see if that comes to pass.

All I have to say is that at least it isn’t launching into the pre-holiday mess with all the other launches and expansions.

Addendum: Heh, I actually suspected as much based on what Smed has tweeted in the past, but I could not resist declaring a ship date:

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1. Winged Nazgul - September 7, 2012

Actually, that sounds less like the planned launch date as saying that PS2 will launch sometime this year.

2. Wilhelm Arcturus - September 7, 2012

@WN – Indeed, but working in software and having watched the industry, I have to ask, how often do things launch early? Not very often from what I have seen.

3. bhagpuss - September 7, 2012

Since the NDA is gone I can say that I’ve been in the beta since, I think, it started. I haven’t played much, not because I don’t want to or because I didn’t enjoy it the few times I did but because there just so damn much going on all the time right now.

I never played Planetside1 so I can’t compare it but I would definitely play PS2 if I didn’t have one million other MMOs on the go. The time I’ve had in it so far has been highly enjoyable, although I had no real clue what I was doing. (No change there, of course…)

4. Wilhelm Arcturus - September 7, 2012

@Bhagpuss – Ever the problem I run into as I get older, too much to do, not enough time. I try to explain this to my daughter (who was pretty much allowed to play Minecraft all day for two days straight last weekend while the wife and I worked on the house), and she doesn’t get it. She wants to get older so she can have more free time. It just doesn’t work that way.

I played a bit of PlanetSide 1 when I had Station Access. I never had to buy the box for some reason, even back when you were supposed to. I couldn’t tell you if I was really, really bad at it, or if I was there during the high point of the hacks.

Could be both as easy as either one.

5. Galaji - September 7, 2012

I hope you are wrong about the date.
Having played a few hours of the beta, I can confirm that is most certainly is a BETA.

There are many things missing and bugs that need squashing before I can relax and have a good time with this one.

I also hope they aren’t finished adding vehicles to the game. As it stands they are missing at least 6 ground vehicles from the first game. =(


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