PlanetFacet 2, the multiplayer fight game that first launched in 2012, is getting a big update on Wednesday. Executive producer Andy Sites tells Polygon that it’s a part of an effort to pave the best way for a possible PlanetFacet 3. He says the sequel has not formally been introduced, however his newly reorganized studio is dedicated to doing “whatever” it must do to maintain the franchise viable. For now which means “shoring up” the stay model of PlanetSide 2 with new options and content material.
Rumors of a PlanetFacet 3 have been circulating for some time, reaching newfound depth in October 2019. That’s when Sites himself seemingly confirmed that the game had been greenlit in an official blog post. Now, he says that’s merely not the case.
“I didn’t formally announce that PlanetFacet 3 was in improvement,” Sites informed Polygon throughout a phone interview in January.
The previous few months have been a tumultuous time for Daybreak Games, the corporate behind not solely PlanetSide but in addition EverQuest, DC Universe Online and H1Z1. It just lately transitioned to the role of publisher, reorganizing its main manufacturers underneath three separate studios. Rogue Planet Games, which Sites leads, is now solely chargeable for the PlanetFacet franchise. But that studio itself is enduring its personal set of challenges, together with the choice to wind down PlanetSide Arena, an early entry game that was solely stay on Steam for just a few months.
Now Sites says his crew is placing all its vitality into reinvigorating PlanetFacet 2, which is out there on PC and PlayStation 4.
“Like all games and franchises that have been running for almost 17 years like PlanetSide, we’re always thinking about the future,” Sites mentioned. “We’re not by any means prepared to start out speaking about PlanetFacet 3 in any form of in depth element. […] Our emphasis is admittedly shoring up PlanetFacet 2.”
The new replace, which works stay tomorrow for PC gamers, is named Escalation. It will embody Bastion Fleet Carriers, which Rogue Planet describes as a “massive interplanetary craft can be called into battle once refueled and rearmed.” Bastions will function a cellular base of operations for factions as they do battle throughout the game’s large 64-kilometer-square battlefields. It’s one thing the neighborhood has been trying ahead to for a very long time, and can hopefully breathe new life into the game.
“There will likely be no PlanetFacet 3 if we don’t proceed supporting PlanetFacet 2, and we don’t proceed exhibiting that the PlanetFacet expertise is unmatched and superb,” Sites mentioned. “So our focus proper now within the brief time period is constant to strengthen that with the stay game. In due time we’ll be prepared to start out speaking in regards to the future, which might be a PlanetFacet 3.”
When requested if, given the brand new studio construction, Daybreak would publish Planetside 3 ought to the game get made, Sites mentioned the studio would do “whatever [it needs] to do to continue moving the franchise forward.”
“Ideally that’s with Daybreak,” Sites mentioned. “If there’s alternate means of publishing, and Daybreak’s okay with that, then we’re good to go as so long as that means we’re able to continue delivering what we want to with PlanetSide.”