Are massive fleet carriers on the way for PlanetSide 2?

That might be the case, if this Tweet from Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley is any indication. But if this Bastion Fleet Carrier does make its way into the game, what role will it fulfill?

Troop transport. As Smedley said in his Tweet, “people keep asking for galaxies to carry tanks. bah.” So the Bastion could very well be a way to airdrop multiple armor units and hordes of troops into a hostile area.

Overwhelming air support. While it would be cool to see the Bastion taking on scores of opposing air vehicles — or even opposing carriers — would it be too powerful and unbalanced for such a role?

New combat style. Sure, the game is called “PlanetSide,” which evokes images of troops fighting on land and low airspace. But might we be in for Star Wars-esque orbital battles, with the Bastion carrying fighters and assaulting space stations or enemy carriers?

Orbital bombardment. Maybe the Bastion won’t play any direct role in combat, instead being something players can call in to strike designated areas for devastating effect.

What do you think SOE will do with the Bastion?


Jason Winter has held several positions in the tabletop and video-gaming industry since 1996, including writer, editor, marketing coordinator, and game designer. He's the former editor of Beckett Massive Online Gamer and almost considers himself competent in PvP. In addition to his work with, he also blogs about video games at
  • Matt Perkins

    All I see is a star destroyer. I approve.

  • INKS

    looks awesome, cant wait. probably a ways off yet but looks exciting.

  • Depravity

    It’s obvious. Shit’s gonna transport troops to worlds without warpgates.

    • InvaderMig

      Oooooo yea.  That’s exactly what it’s gonna do.  Damn man i need to join me a damn Outfit, but my damn pc sucks so bad.

  • Suicideking666

    Maybe it’ll be a base.

  • Luke Malcolm

    Can I fly it ??

  • TacoBaal

    Please be orbital space combat!

  • Jon Taylor

    If this brings space combat to PS2, omg that would be amazing.

  • Jack_Sisco

    omg, its practically the capital ship from 5th Element that you see in the beginning lol

  • Shane Cominotto

    lol 2 nights ago i was thinking this game needs large ships ….. wishes do come true :D … this is probably the ship that does orbital deployment ….

  • Marc Allen

    That Mr Smedley looks fking awesome, and yeah Gary, seeing like 10 of these on the horizon would be such a beautiful damn sight. Would definitely be a bunch of screenshots being taken.

  • Krzysztof Kotarba

    PL2 needs more weapons, now you can spend like 1000 certs on wep that is worst than default :/

    • Brandon Carpenter

      Yea I agree, though The game is extremely fun, I really wish it had more customization. 

  • Hicks64

    ukitakumuki @deviantart is the artist and he has more concept art for PS2 and other games as well :)

  • Justin CdeBaca

    This defiantly looks to be a flying aircraft carrier due to the placement of the weapons.
    Also I do not think someone could pilot the Bastion because it would be extremely slow and not fun the only way I can see someone piloting it is if the pilot had control of some of the weapon systems mounted on the Bastion. I would like to believe that a faction will spawn one and then set a coarse for it that cant be changed for a set amount of time (half hour to an hour). This could also bring new aircraft that do not have vertical take off and landing that are more effective than current vehicles because of the front and rear hanger entrances.

  • Revanhavoc

    It’s a gorgeous ship model.

    I definitely think it’s a mobile base of sorts to support land based units, but not in space, and not permenant like normal bases.

    One cool element would be to make the group contribute to the spawning of these huge carriers, instead of just one player.

  • Daniel Gilliland

    It has an AWACS on it so im guessing it wont be space

  • nc 88

    space combat yes! flying aircraft carrier like the one from saints row 3 yes! planetside needs this the platoons are to vulnerable in 4 galaxys or 4 sundies small convoys are easy to kill.