PlanetSide Arena is up on Steam today and available to download as its Early Access launch begins.
This is the first stage of Daybreak’s announced path forward with the game, which was first revealed to the public late last year with an initial goal of a beta in late January of this year.
That was scrapped and pre-orders were refunded as the whole project was pushed out until summer, with the desire for a simultaneous console launch given as the reason for the delay.
Then we had one of those long stretches of silence, so familiar to watchers of Daybreak and SOE before them (and maybe of Rogue Planet Games at some future date), until a new set of dates was announced on August 30th.
Today the company met the first of their revised dates and, despite having pushed console support out into the future, they did managed to release something still within the months of summer. Autumn begins on Monday in the northern hemisphere, or so say the calendar makers.
The game is free during early access on Steam, so it only costs the download time to get into it. There are, of course, starter packs available for a price. Daybreak has to fund this somehow. Reviews are currently “mixed,” though there are only 70 as of this writing and the negatives seem to be coming from PlanetSide purists.
Further details about the game are available at the Daybreak web site. And, of course, there is a trailer:
We shall see how it goes, but Daybreak is off to the races today with their only new game since the SOE era.
The PlanetSide Arena story so far:
- PlanetSide Arena – Dec 14, 2018
- PlanetSide Arena Launch Pushed Back to March – Jan 27, 2019
- PlanetSide Arena Delayed Until Summer for a Simultaneous PS4 Launch – Feb 18, 2019
- PlanetSide Arena Resurfaces with a Plan for a Q2 2020 Release – Aug 30, 2019