Planetside 2 is a free-to-play, massively multiplayer first-person shooter on PC now available from Sony Online Entertainment. Three factions are fighting for control in a battle that will host thousands of troops and their vehicles. Battles can last for days or weeks across huge continents. Congratulations soldier, you turned back an invading force and secured the base. How long can you hold it?
At the heart of the game is Sony’s proprietary ForgeLight game engine. It springs from a partnership between NVIDIA and Sony using the PhysX platform. According to Sony, ForgeLight will do away with the use of zones and loading screens in MMOs. It will allow for massive worlds and atmospheric effects as detailed as sunlight filtering through clouds. Movable and player objects will cast shadows will react realistically, possibly lending a battlefield advantage. ForgeLight promises more realistic facial animations on both player and NPC characters. Sony’s using ForgeLight on both Planetside 2 and Everquest Next.
Players can join one of three factions seeking global supremacy. The New Conglomerate are dissidents willing to use any methods to end what they perceive as tyranny. Their ranks boast equal members of pirates and war heroes. Can these uneasy alliances last?
The Terran Republic keeps citizens in line with military might. Depending on who you ask, they are either evil dictators or the only real law around these space colonies. Players who believe a free populace is a dangerous populace want to go with the Terran Republic.
The Vanu Sovereignty believes technology isn’t just a way to simply our lives, but the only way to true evolution. Their focus is uncovering alien artifacts and using that technology to rule the battlefield. If you argue the theory of evolution with these guys, you had better be well armed.
Sony has numerous rigs set up at the MLG Winter Championship in Dallas March 15-17. You can try Planetside 2 and see if it feeds your massively multiplayer need.
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