Smedley Responds To PlanetSide 2 Interview

Yesterday afternoon we ran a story on SOE president John Smedley’s interview with Chinese site 17173, outlining a number of features present in upcoming MMOFPS, PlanetSide 2. With only a rough translation available at the time, we took a pinch of salt with a number of statements from Smedley, some of which have been proven “misquoted” by the man himself.

1) There is some really bad translation going on here – while I have publicly mentioned the game will be some form of free to play before…the Blizzard style auction house isn’t a part of that. I was asked what I thought of that move by Blizzard I said I thought it was a good idea and it would help with farmers. I also said we had done that years ago with Station Exchange. So no…. There is no RMT auction house (in fact we haven’t ever even talked about an auction house for the game period).  We aren’t ready to announce specifics yet but expect something that will be very player friendly. I mentioned League of Legends as something I really liked.

2) I was asked about beta schedule and I said we were aiming for late this year or early next year but we don’t know yet.

3) I did say that I believe SWTOR will be the last large scale MMO to use a sub model. The game looks great btw and I will be playing myself. Bioware is doing an awesome job.

The content from our original post didn’t contradict any of the above statements, though Smedley wanted to clarify exactly what he meant when speaking with 17173.



  1. I can’t remember, is planetside 2 one of the games that will be cross compatible with PS3? I’m thinking no, but not sure :S

    • I think they said that they would like to get it on ps3 but some of what was in the interview yesterday would be almost impossible so I’m guessing not.

    • I doubt it could support 2,000 players in one game I guess? I wonder if it could be on the PS3 though but graphics would have to be like PS2 I guess. I don’t know.

      • 2000 people, at PS2 graphics? I’m thinking more wire frame stick men.
        That would look really surreal.

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