When Sony Online Entertainment's PlanetSide launched in 2003, it didn't exactly set this planet on fire. The massively-multiplayer first-person sci-fi shooter is certainly ambitious, and according to diehards is a lot of fun, but it has never earned the numbers of more traditional MMOs like World of Warcraft.
It could have been technical hurdles and a lack of variety of battles, but, for whatever reason, PlanetSide always seemed like one of those good ideas that never quite took off.
Now that it's 2009, the technical hurdles could be cleared, and a few tweaks in level design could eliminate some of the repetition of the original. So the time is right for PlanetSide 2. -- and it's not just me who thinks so: Sony seems to have quietly revealed the game recently.
Sony Online Entertainment sent a mass e-mail last week to current and old PlanetSide subscribers, asking them to fill in a survey that would help SOE design the next generation PlanetSide. The email read, in part, "We plan to expand the PlanetSide universe with another game and we need your help with the design." The original game will not be closed down, according to the email.
Further evidence: The company registered the domain www.planetside2.com on September 21, 2009.
Yeah, people! It looks like a PlanetSide sequel could be coming, but my question is: Will you play it? It seems weird to me that there isn't now, nor has there ever been a successful FPS-MMO. Is this because the FPS genre doesn't really lend itself to the rest of the MMO world? Or is that, essentially, games like Halo 3 already are FPS MMOs, in that everyone plays them and "exists" in the same space of rankings and leaderboards. What do you think? Will you pay a monthly fee (if that's the revenue structure) to play PlanetSide 2?