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.”