Six-month plan coming with orbital strikes, vehicle transports in the works

John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment, took to the forums Dec. 6 to make some big announcements for free-to-play MMOFPS PlanetSide 2. In the post, Smedley explained changes for next week, January, and the first half of 2013.

For next week, Smedley promised bug fixes, balance changes, improvements to infantry rendering, and a new anti-vehicle weapon.

In January, players can expect a big improvement to optimization, among other major changes. Smedley said the PlanetSide 2 team is hard at work in making many more bug fixes and optimization changes in the future.

Speaking of the future, Smedley teased a six-month plan that will be posted for public feedback in January. The plans are not set in stone, so feedback could lead to significant changes. But Smedley said the company is hard at work on orbital strikes, vehicle transports, and “other fun things.”

At the end of the post, Smedley readdressed the ongoing problem with cheaters. He said the developers are taking cheaters very seriously, but it will take some time and multiple measures to fully fix the problem: “I don’t want to pretend there is a magic answer to this. We have a great deal of tools at our disposal and people who fight this every day. I assure you this is a top priority and with each patch you’ll see us address more of the things we see and a lot of stuff that you may not.”

  • InvaderMig

    I like calling out potential cheaters on a server wide message.  I’ve run into one aimbotter and it was pretty annoying as he was pretty much responsible for us losing a biolab, but I’m still loving the game, have a craptastic computer, and haven’t spent a dime.  I have absolutely nothing to complain about.  I actually feel kinda guilty having this much fun for free.  I’ll eventually buy something because the itch is getting bad.  The new anti vehicle weapon will be  nice to have, and the rest sounds great.  SOE really knocked it out of the park with this one.  I’m really happy for them, and happy for myself as a gamer.

    • Lopez

      The only problem with that idea, as I understand it, is it could humiliate a few innocent people. Cheaters suck and I want them dealt with quickly, but the collateral damage of humiliating innocent people isn’t really worth it.

      • Depravity

        Humiliating? It’s a fucking game.

        • Lopez

          It might have been too strong of a word, but the point is SOE is not going to want to potentially upset innocent customers.

          • Arthur Banks

            Smed responded to this.  He called out one player cause he was selling aimbots and hacks on his website. 

  • Revanhavoc

    Optimization and direction for new players are the two biggest issues for me.

  • ToriMcgrath

    Smedley said on twitter this morning that 307 accounts were banned just this past weekend!

  •ørgen-Helgø/541695917 Nils Jørgen Helgø

    Banning people in a game that is free to download, free to make an account and free to play. I can see how that can turn into an endless circle off banning the same people til the end off time. As there are plenty of easily available ways to avoid being identified as one who has been banned before.

  • Vrlinic Slobodan

    So tell me will the game stop laging,can some people like me with intel dual cores play this game without large cpu lags?

    • Jesse Llona

      that’s what optimization is, making the game run better.