Across the continents of Auraxis, thousands of players will come together in enormous battles to win control of territory and resources for their empire. With an extensive skill tree and a free-form class-based system, players will be able to customize their soldier, weapons and vehicles to match their play-style, or the needs of their squad, outfit or empire. Battles can last for days or weeks, so players will need to build real alliances and combat outfits to take on long-term strategic and tactical initiatives. With air, ground and seaborne combat, the battles are more intense than ever.
Various character, vehicle and artillery customization features will be available to players constructing the perfect fighter for their favorite of the three empires: The Terran Republic (the conservative, authoritative nation aiming to reunite the clashing factions), The New Conglomerate (a liberated faction fighting to remaining free) or The Vanu Sovereignty (technophiles seeking to develop and exploit alien technology). Also, an in-depth and adaptive class system – with ranks, unlockable traits and skill sets – will give players complete control over their online warrior.
Since PlanetSide 2 launched more than 6 million players worldwide have enlisted to join one of the three Empires -- Terran Republic, Vanu Sovereignty or New Conglomerate -- to take part in the epic battles that span the planet of Auraxis.
PlanetSide 2 has evolved over the year, regularly receiving major updates and new game features, most recently a game enhancing performance update, Operation: Make Faster Game, which has increased performance upwards of 30 percent. The development team plans to continue to fuel the Auraxian War for years to come, with forthcoming content to include the release of Hossin, a new swamp-filled continent and Nexus, the first of three Battle Islands.
"We knew we had something special when we launched PlanetSide 2. Massive air, vehicle, and infantry battles, gorgeous graphics, adrenaline action and a vibrant community -- it has it all and there is nothing else like it," said Matt Higby, Creative Director of PlanetSide 2 at Sony Online Entertainment. "We are very proud of what we've accomplished this past year. The successes we've experienced worldwide prove we have a winning formula with PlanetSide 2 on PC, and we can't wait to see how the game and community will grow when we launch it on the PlayStation 4 next year."
Over the course of the year, SOE has been on an ambitious path to expand the game's conventional and geographical boundaries. PlanetSide 2 became the first video game to feature the ability to stream gameplay directly to the Twitch platform with a single click, and through a partnership with Major League Gaming, the free-to-play title began its journey in the competitive gaming scene. Sony Online Entertainment also developed strategic international partnerships, spreading PlanetSide 2 across the globe to new audiences in Europe, Russia, South Korea, China and Brazil.
Today, players can join their favorite developers and community members during a special PlanetSide 2 Anniversary Live Stream event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST. During the stream, players will have the opportunity to win prizes, including in-game items, NVIDIA graphic cards, a PlayStation 4, and more.
All PlanetSide 2 players, who joined the beta phase, who played on the launch day or who played PlanetSide 2 anytime in the last year will each get an exclusive goodie automatically. These veterans can look forward to receiving one of these PlanetSide 2 Decals which have been created by Senior Art Director Tramell Isaac especially for the anniversary from December 2nd, 2013.
To commemorate the one-year anniversary, today through Sunday, Nov. 24, SOE will sell a one-year anniversary bundle for $39.99 USD, which includes special anniversary camos, weapons, decals and a six-month heroic boost.
Contents of the PlanetSide 2 “One-Year Anniversary Bundle”:
- Heroic Boost – 50% - 6 months
- Headshot Vehicle Decal
- Headshot Armor Decal
- One-Year Anniversary Armor Camo
- One-Year Anniversary Weapon Camo
- One-Year Anniversary Vehicle Camo
- NC Rocket Launcher (Phoenix AE)
- TR Rocket Launcher (Striker AE)
- VS Rocket Launcher (Lancer AE)
- RAMS .50M
- EM4 Longshot
- Parallax VX3
- Serpent VE92
- LC3 Jaguar
- Razor GD-23
- Corvus VA55
- Carnage BR
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