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Sony Online Entertainment
MMORPG | Setting:Sci-Fi | Status:Cancelled  (est.rel 05/20/03)  | Pub:Sony Online Entertainment
PVP:Yes | Distribution:Download,Retail | Retail Price:$19.95 | Pay Type:Subscription
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SOE's Forgotten MMO?

Posted by Michael Bitton on Jul 20, 2009  | Comments

SOE's Forgotten MMO? -

Christopher "Pwyff" Tom, Editor of examines PlanetSide in an excellent article over at In the article, Christopher asserts that SOE has essentially forgotten about the game, and dissects some of the game's finer points.

All in all, Planetside had a lot of potential to be a great demonstration of what a real MMOFPS could have been capable of. I'm making very sure to say 'had' here instead of 'has,' because it is clear that this is a game that SOE has forgotten entirely. I find it troublesome that there continues to be a $13 USD subscription fee, yet even its very loyal fan base (and having such a fan base is a testament to the fun of this game) is the first to note that "while EQ's ten year gets a huge blow out celebration; PlanetSide's six years was all but ignored," and when talking about SOE's Fan Faire, "even Matrix Online (which is officially scheduled to be terminated July 31, 2009) has a scheduled item for Fan Faire. But, Planetside does not." I think that it's time Planetside's fans got some attention from their absentee landlords - this game ought to go Free-To-Play, or perhaps give the option of purchasing a lifetime subscription for a small fee or, dare I say, maybe come under the development scope once more?

I've heard many good things about PlanetSide from various friends and fans over the years, and so there are some things I'd like to know:

Have you played the game, and if so, what were your experiences like? Are you still playing? And what do you make of SOE's treatment of the product since it's launch? Also, why do you think it is that PlanetSide has essentially been swept under the rug?

Let us know in the comments!


Michael Bitton / Michael Bitton / Michael began his career at the WarCry Network in 2005 as the site manager for several different WarCry fansite portals. In 2008, Michael worked for the startup magazine Massive Gamer as a columnist and online news editor. In June of 2009, Michael joined as the site's Community Manager. Follow him on Twitter @eMikeB