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What Planetside Next means to me

We all have our vices. For some gamers RPG's really do it for them. One of the things I've always loved about SOE is that we built our company on the core idea of making games across many genres, and that includes the world's first MMOFPS, Planetside.

I love Planetside. I really do. It's an amazing game. you won't find any other FPS where you can have a 100 vs. 100 battle raging. And we pulled this off 5-6 years ago.

There's a great description of a Planetside battle here:


I really couldn't sum it up any better than that. To me the idea of a massive firefight on that kind of scale is why I'm a gamer. 

Planetside had a lot of really great things about it, but it also had some frustrating things. The whole Sanctuary concept is something that slowed things down too much. We also didn't get people back into the action quickly enough.

But the core of Planetside - massive battles with vehicles and infantry was something we nailed really well.

To me, Planetside Next means we get a chance to take the essence of everything that was fun in Planetside and make it a lot better. Massive battles on a scale no other FPS will touch. None of this 64 player stuff. REALLY MASSIVE. With much better organization, and a tight focus on making sure the action is always going on, with awesome graphics.

Damn I love Planetside. I really do.



That article almost moved me to tears.

Whenever I talk to another gamer about some game that we have played together, like Call Of Duty or whatever, we both can relate and say how it is an enjoyable game and etc. However, when I meet someone who really played PlanetSide, I feel like we have know each other forever, and that it is a glorious reunion of the few and proud warriors of Auraxis. We have fought together, lived together, and been neglected together.

PlanetSide is a war for a planet, not a game where you shoot at each other.
PlanetSide is where you play the role of you, not of a level 52 night elf.
PlanetSide is where every action you make has some sort of consequence for real people on all three armies, not an incrementation of some experience point field in a database.

"He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam'd,
And rouse him at the name of Auraxi'.
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say 'These wounds I had on Forseral.'
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember, with advantages,
What feats he did that day.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And PlanetSide's Auraxis shall ne'er be forgot,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in the Aukland Fluxfields now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon the day of the one percent."

TR forever!


August 2012

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