The word “new” obviously has some sort of alternate definition, because it didn’t look all that new to me on the stream. It looked pretty much like PlanetSide 2, tired six year old graphics and all.
But then the stream made it clear that it really was PlanetSide 2. Just PlanetSide 2 merged with just about every common shooter mode ever… including battle royale, because of course… with seasonal battle passes and achievement progression and as many as 500 players in a match.
Those are all the planned modes anyway. Season 1 will have just two modes, and I know you can guess one of them without looking:
- Massive Clash (250 vs. 250 group battle)
- Battle Royale (Solos and Teams of 3)
So those who picked “PlanetSide 2 Battle Royale” in the pool win. I would say something about Daybreak jumping on the battle royale bandwagon, but they pretty much started it with H1Z1. I have my doubts about whether they’ll be able to take the lead with their second go-around. Fortnite needs to stumble to be assailable.
The stream actually addressed where in the lore PlanetSide Arena occurs, which surprised me with the idea that the game had some sort of lore beyond factions. Anyway, it takes place several decades after PlanetSide 2 in the timeline, after the war between the three factions led to a chaos where there are no factions. Convenient… unless you’re into the faction thing. Then no faction for you I guess.
Of course, the upside of just reworking a game you already have is that the development time is cut down dramatically. So if you are dying to get your hands on PlanetSide Arena you only have about a month and a half to wait.
And, of course, there are pre-orders with special bennies available now.
Oddly, the only place to pre-order seems to be Steam. There is no direct from Daybreak purchase available. I guess that means we’ll see how many people end up playing it via Steam’s stats.
Also, no mention of a PlayStation 4 version as yet.
So the revenue scheme here is box sales and season passes I guess. That is probably not going to play well against Fortnite, which Epic gives away for FREE.
Also missing from the list is any mention of the Daybreak All Access subscription. You know, that thing that the Daybreak installed base is likely already subscribed to.
The All Access pass is what PlanetSide 2 has largely depended on, which led Daybreak to say that the game was “really struggling” back in late 2015. Since then the newer games in the stable, H1Z1 and the late Just Survive, have avoided the All Access pass, with H1Z1 even getting its own cash shop currency. PlanetSide Arena appears to be avoiding the All Access pass as well, which I suspect will limit any halo effect benefits for PlanetSide 2.
I gather that the target audience is people who are not already invested in Daybreak. Or, at least the installed base is being taken for granted. That always works out well for companies.
Anyway, this is clearly not my thing. But it is coming from Daybreak, so its performance does have some impact on a couple of games I do care about. We shall see where this one goes.
Does this count as PlanetSide 3 from that rumors post? It hits on a couple of notes, but really isn’t a new game. Close enough though?
Anyway, this is where I would be linking to other bloggers talking about the first “new” game announcement out of Daybreak since its founding, but there aren’t any yet. I thought waiting until the next day to post would give me a couple links. We’ll see.