MAG Gets "Faction Neutral" Game Mode, Sony Details Forthcoming Content and Updates

Sony's faction-based, 256-player FPS MAG has received "faction neutral" map selection for one of its game modes, Sabotage. Players choose one of three factions when creating an online character, but are limited to playing maps according to the current standing of the game's persistent "Shadow War".

nope "If you ever wanted to play against the Valor PMC as a member of the competing Raven Industries on a map that belonged to the third faction, SVER, that option is now yours," explains Jeremy Dunham, senior community manager at Zipper Interactive. Gamers do not need to patch the game for this functionality as it is all handled on the backend.

Though there are reports of player numbers dropping, Sony remains committed to the game and even lays out its plans for continued support, DLC, and events in a statement to Kotaku.

MAG continues to record a strong and steady number of player account logins each day and boasts a robust community that has up to this date logged 1.27 billion kills and a total of 1.11 million games played. SCEA and Zipper are fully committed to supporting MAG indefinitely. Since launch, MAG has received seven patches that have been a direct result of community feedback. We continue to listen to our players and implement new features on a consistent basis; just today, we announced that Sabotage maps are going faction-neutral. Community support goes beyond new content and features with our Double XP and "Play with Zipper" events.

We've also had a total of three DLC releases since launch: two free-the Trooper Gear Pack on March 25 and the Fast Attack Gear Pack on April 29-and the Interdiction Pack, which included a new game type with three new 128-player maps. In addition, we've announced future DLC coming this summer, including Clan Wars, more faction-neutral maps, additional character slots, the ability for all three factions to wage war in one map, and much more. Stay tuned for additional announcements as we continue to expand the Shadow War.

Zipper Interactive is also working on SOCOM 4, which will be released this fall.