PlanetSide 2 is already one of our most anticipated future releases, boasting a diverse, persistent in-game world, in which “every square inch” of land is contested between three player-run factions. It’s an ambitious project which we aren’t very likely to see much of until next year, Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley ramping the hype meter in recent interviews about the game.
Speaking with Chinese website, 17173, Smedley stated that the reign of subscription-based MMOs is soon coming to an end, with Star Wars: The Old Republic potentially being the last. Though the translation has yet to be accurately translated, it appears as if PlanetSide 2 will be free to play, though an exact business model has yet to be verified. It was also revealed that a beta may soon be available, Smedley roughly estimating a late 2011/2012 launch. The full game has yet to be given an official release date.
What we found more interesting is what Smedley said about the actual in-game battles. Reportedly online skirmishes will cater for in excess of 2000 individual players at one time, turning your bog-standard three way team deathmatch into a day-long campaign of bloodshed and land-grabbing. World events have also been hinted at and are currently being tested, aligning all three factions to ward off an external AI attack.