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PlanetSide 2 deploys to NA and Europe on November 20

By Michael Jamias
planetside 2 launch date november 20

The much-awaited free mmofps PlanetSide 2 officially launches in a month on November 20 on both sides of the Atlantic.

PlanetSide 2 is the follow-up to the original PlanetSide, improving on its predecessor with more intense air and group combat set in massive environments where thousands of player-controlled troops fight for one of three chosen Empire factions – Terran Republic, New Conglomerate and Vanu Sovereignty.

“PlanetSide 2 is without a doubt the next great MMOFPS and I believe it heralds the next phase and future of the gaming industry,” said John Smedley, President, SOE.

PlanetSide 2 has been in public beta testing mode since August 3, and since then it has garnered massive participation among mmo game fans, according to SOE. Each beta player has averaged more than two hours a day in game, the developer said, throwing at us some impressive beta stats:

-    83.8 points of damage done to players
-    2.87 billion projectiles fired
-    32 million infantry kills
-    7.3 million vehicles destroyed
-    1.4 million facilities captured
-    16.7 million rockets launched
-    3.4 million grenades thrown

The most interesting data for us though was the Empire allegiance breakdown based on playtime. New Conglomerate was the most played faction, grabbing 35.6 of the total playtime, followed by Terran Republic (32.8%) and Vanu Sovereignty (31.6%).

“External beta has been an amazing way to directly connect with the player community on both an individual and large-scale basis and has further proven that we truly offer gameplay for every type of player,” said Matt Higby, Creative Director of PlanetSide 2.

“I’ve participated in battles against huge outfits that employ exhaustive base capture strategies, and I’ve marveled at the skill of some of our most adept combat pilots. It is definitely the most unique gaming experience SOE has ever created.”

PlanetSide 2 will be free to play with an optional premium subscription, which provide convenience perks such as priority logins, cosmetic items and monthly station cash bonus. Loyal members who sustain their membership will also receive special rewards.

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