On March 11, 2020, PlanetSide 2 received its biggest update since the game’s release in 2012. The update, titled Escalation, includes a new guild-based endgame system called Outfit Wars, a deep War Assets systems, the cross-empire Sanctuary Social Hub, and the Bastion Fleet Carrier.
The highlight of the PlanetSide 2 Escalation update is the Outfit Wars endgame tournament system that will allow dedicated outfits to qualify for monthly GvGvG tournaments on the new Desolation asteroid map. This will allow players to travel off-planet for the first time, and the new War Asset system will allow guilds to collect resources that can be crafted into assets including:
Bastion Fleet Carrier: This massive interplanetary fleet carrier features mannable turrets, ship-mounted artillery cannons, an interceptor launch platform, and mobile vehicle respawn points
Steel Rain: A coordinated platoon drop pod assault onto a target location
Citadel Shield: A sturdy projectile-blocking bubble shield the size of a small outpost
A.N.V.I.L.: Airdrop a ground vehicle of your choice on demand
Orbital Satellite Uplink: Radio in an Orbital Strike anywhere on the battlefield
“We are excited to provide the PlanetSide 2 community with an expansion that rewards our most dedicated players; past, present and future,” said Andy Sites, Executive Producer on the PlanetSide Franchise for Rogue Planet Games. “The new seasonal tournaments for dedicated Outfits, Cross-Empire Social Zone, and a meta-changing War Asset System add even greater depth and scale to PlanetSide 2’s unique all-out planetary warfare gameplay.”
Today it was announced that the previously announced Daybreak Games restructure would be forming 3 new studios, each of which focusing on one of Daybreak’s franchises.
Dimensional Ink is the studio focusing on DCUO in Austin, Texas. It is being run by Jack Emmert, who you might know from City of Heroes, Neverwinter, Star Trek Online, and DCUO. This will be the studio that is starting development on a new high profile action MMO this year. It might just be the rumored Marvel MMO we heard about a while back. If you want to read more about Dimensional Ink, including how they picked their name you might want to check out this official blog post.
Darkpaw Games, is where you will find the Everquest Franchise. The studio is named of course after the beloved Everquest character Fippy Darkpaw. The studio will be run by Holly Longdale and they plan to continue to make new expansions for both Everquest and Everquest 2. They’re also looking ahead however towards expanding the franchise. You can read Holly’s Producer Letter about the changes if you want to know more.
So, what does this mean? Is Daybreak going away? No! They are going to be the publishers of the three new studios. One big question this has left up in the air is what does this all mean for H1Z1 as well as Lord of the Rings Online? Because these games weren’t mentioned right now it would appear that H1Z1 will stay at Daybreak and LOTRO is already made by a non-Daybreak Studio, Standing Stone Games. It’s most likely that they won’t be impacted by this at all. But, we will have to wait and see.
You may recall last week we mentioned that Daybreak had a limited time, limited quantity lifetime subscription offer for a few of their older MMOs. Well, just before Christmas on Monday they announced that they had run out of the 4,000 that they had originally made available. Today though, they’ve announced that you’ll have one more chance to get in on this offer. They’ve released an additional 2,000 lifetime subscriptions.
For anyone keeping track at home, that means that if they sell all 6,000 total that has been made available they will bring in 1.8 million dollars. Not too bad at all. This offer is only available for a few more days. It ends on December 31st or whenever they run out. If this is something you want to get in on you shouldn’t wait. This is clearly a very popular offer, it only took 5 days for 4,000 subscriptions to be sold. These could very well sell just as quickly. If they sell at the same rate you can expect them to run out before dinner on Sunday.
The massive popularity of this offer may come as a surprise to many but with Everquest quickly approaching its 20th anniversary it really shouldn’t be. Everquest and Everquest 2 both have a large, very dedicated, very loyal fanbase. These fans would also generally be older than your typical gamer and are more likely to have the kind of disposable cash that is being looked for in the middle of the most expensive time of the year. It would be tragic to see something to Everquest so close to such a monumental date. With so many rumors that have been flying around recently it is very possible that people are buying in simply to make sure that their favorite game, whichever one it may be is still going for another few years.
How do you make 1.2 million dollars in a hurry? Well, if you’re Daybreak offering lifetime subscription to your MMO catalog is the way to go. This is exactly what they’re doing with a limited availability lifetime all access membership. For $299.99 (henceforth renamed $300 because ain’t nobody got time for that.) players will have lifetime membership benefits in every All Access game. For those who don’t know which ones that includes, we’re talking about Everquest, Everquest II, DCUO, and Planetside 2. Only 4,000 of these lifetime subscriptions will be made available and for anyone wondering, that’s where the $1.2 million comes from ($300 times 4,000 equals $1.2 million). This offer is only available until December 31st, assuming supplies last that long. Which of course Daybreak is warning that they will likely sell out.
If the $300 price tag is a little bit too steep for you at the moment but you do happen to have $200 laying around then maybe you’ll consider getting a 12-month subscription instead. All the same perks, but a hundred dollars less and only for one year. Yeah, we’d go with the lifetime sub if it were us.
The recently announced Planetside Arena is most notably not included as part of this lifetime deal, neither is H1Z1. This is likely because they still have a lot more life in them than the other titles. That’s not to say that we think any of them will be closing in the near future, just that they are Daybreak’s older games which naturally puts them closer to the end of their lifecycle.
You may recall that recently Daybreak had layoffs, then very shortly afterward announced Planetside Arena. There were also rumors earlier this year that Everquest and Everquest II were going to be coming to an end very soon. All of this, of course, has made a lot of people very worried about the future of Daybreak Games. If there are in fact problems this might just be enough to save them for the time being.
While Planetside 2 has been quietly continuing on in the background we here at MMOGames haven’t really given it much attention in the last few years, so imagine the surprise when we read that Planetside 2 is getting new content in the form of the continent called Oshur.
Oshur will consist of several islands with a variety of biomes including an underground cave system, tropical jungles, crystalline forests, and desolate sands. The terrain will include fewer bases than a typical continent in Planetside 2. This is being done to encourage a more logistical style of play. The best way to travel around these islands will be in the air, which means that air combat will also play a huge role in the new content. Warpgate technology won’t be available on this content so forces will be deployed using Bastion Fleet Carriers.
At the moment Oshur is still in the early phases of development but the Planetside 2 team decided to share what they have so far with the world. They’ve said that they will continue to post updates throughout the creation of the continent. This means you’ll be seeing a whole lot more Planetside 2 in the future.
The update to the game was announced during a developer livestream. The team has been kind enough to create a video of the announcement which you can watch below. Based on the comments of the video there seems to be quite a lot of excitement for this update. Who can blame them really? Its always exciting when a game gets new content, especially one that is nearly 6 years old at this stage. This would normally be the point where you would wonder if the game is winding down. But, I guess we have the answer to that. It will be interesting to watch the development of this content and see just how many people return to the game for it.
If there is one event MMOs love to take part in more than any others it is Halloween. That is why in this list you’ll find 60 different games with Halloween events! We decided to leave out the MOBAs and Shooters from this list but if they were put back in it would easily have a hundred games in it. But which is the best MMO Halloween event?
This poll is all about finding out what your favorite MMO Halloween event is this year. The winner gets a badge on their MMOGames profile and bragging rights for the entire year.
If your favorite isn’t on the list, or you know of a game we missed let us know in the comments and we’ll be sure to add it as quickly as possible.
To take part just find your favorite MMO in the list below and leave a vote. You can only vote for one game at a time, but be sure to keep coming back as you can place more votes every day.
Voting will continue until the end of October 31st when the top three winners will be declared.
Which is the best MMO Halloween Event? Your vote will decide…