The counter on the main page for the game ran down at last this morning.
The site is finally live. People can play PlanetSide 2.
It seems to be pretty popular.
Insane insane load.—
John Smedley (@j_smedley) November 20, 2012
No surprise on the source there. SOE head John Smedley has been in the forefront, pushing this game. His twitter account is practically the official source for PS2 news.
Of course, PS2 has been very popular already up to this point. The open beta has been very open and lots of people have been playing. The game has a clear following already, on day one, with the EVE Online demographic. It is one of the non-EVE games covered over at The Mittani, which also has coverage of League of Legends, MechWarrior Online, and World of Tanks.
It makes you wonder where CCP’s own DUST 514 will fit in things? In competing for the same audience, the “only on PlayStation 3″ aspect of DUST 514 continues to look like an awkward move at best for a company whose following is all on personal computers.
I mean, SOE reports to the PlayStation people at SCEA and they didn’t go to the PlayStation 3 with PlanetSide 2. Not yet at least, though Smed did say we would see PlanetSide 2 on the Mac.
Meanwhile, PlanetSide 2 seems to fit right into the current SOE philosophy. It is free to play. It has a premium subscription option. It is part of the SOE All Access pass. And, as Smed said at Fan Faire, the players are providing the bulk of the content.
Pity that the philosophy also includes selling all their European customers to some German outfit. That puts a damper on the game for some.
Of course, that last bit is pretty easy if you build a shooter game well. We will see how the player created content/sandbox theme plays out with EverQuest Next as he mentioned in his keynote this year.
And then there is the question of the original PlanetSide. Smed has said they won’t be closing it. But in a family of free to play games, where does the sole remaining subscription title belong?