In a letter to the fans on the official PlanetSide website, Executive Producer Andy Sites broke down both the first month of the newly released into Early Access PlanetSide Arena, as well as what the team's plans are for both PlanetSide 2 and the future of the franchise.
Sites mentions first and foremost the team at Daybreak is adding more programmers, developers and artists to the PlanetSide 2 team in order to help move PlanetSide 2, and the franchise itself, into the future. Additionally, the team at Daybreak is working on implementing feedback and reaching their goals set up for PlanetSide Arena, the Battle Royale game recently released into Early Access. Specifically, the team is looking to implement a non-BR mode, giving players a traditional feeling PlanetSide experience, albeit in "shorter, session-based matches."
And speaking of new features, we’re actively working on a new (non-BR) mode that incorporates many of the gameplay elements that make Planetside such an amazing experience, but in the form of shorter, session-based matches. It will include a new mode-specific map, capture points, ability to drop-in/out throughout the match, a broader range of vehicle types, etc. Many of the mechanics developed for this mode will be used in future modes like Massive Clash, so our focus is function over form, allowing quick iteration with your help.
As far as the future of the franchise goes, the team is hard at work figuring out what PlanetSide 3 will be. PlanetSide Arena is, according to Sites, "intended to be a stepping stone to PlanetSide 3," with the team looking to not only include the types of battles we see today in PlanetSide, but bringing everything into a full-scale galactic war with "empires exploring, colonizing and conquering one another within an expansive galaxy."
We're coming up on the 7th anniversary for PlanetSide 2. In early 2020, the PlanetSide franchise will celebrate its 17th since the original release back in 2003. Over those 16+ years, we have amassed millions of passionate fans. So when we think about what the PlanetSide 3 experience needs to be, we know that there are incredibly high expectations from all of you. PlanetSide Arena is intended to be the stepping stone to PlanetSide 3, which we envision expanding from the current battlefields of Auraxis, to full-fledged galactic war with empires exploring, colonizing and conquering one another within an expansive galaxy. We envision PlanetSide Arena as a way to allow us to link present day PlanetSide 2 and PlanetSide 3 story lines, as well as providing an opportunity to try out new features, styles of play, etc.
Be sure to check out the full letter from Andy on the PlanetSide website. What would you be interested in seeing in PlanetSide 3? Chime in below.