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Planetside 2 officially revealed

by Xav de Matos, Jul 07, 2011 10:24pm PDT

Sony Online Entertainment has officially revealed the next game in the Planetside series. Originally referred to as Planetside Next, the next game in the MMOFPS franchise has been re-branded as Planetside 2.

The announcement came during SOE's Fan Faire event, where the official announcement trailer for the follow-up to 2003's popular online title debuted. SOE first announced a new Planetside title was in the works in 2009.

Following a number of studio closures earlier this year that led to the cancellation of The Agency, SOE confirmed that a new game in the Planetside serious was still planned for release.

A FAQ on Planetside2.com reveals a few choice details for the game, including details on the game's three factions.

Terran Republic - An authoritarian government that leverages military might to maintain strict control over the colonial citizens. The Terran Republic is obsessed with the preservation of law and order and are thus seen by some to be an oppressive and dictatorial force, but many view the TR as the only hope for lasting security on Auraxis.

New Conglomerate - Rebels, freedom fighters or terrorists? The New Conglomerate operates as a loosely organized band of dissidents, vehemently opposed to the stranglehold that the Terran Republic has on Auraxis. Led by an unusual quorum of outcasts, industry titans, pirates and former military leaders, the New Conglomerate is unwavering and prepared to achieve their goals by any means necessary.

Vanu Sovereignty - Vanu has taught that only through technology can humanity evolve it's next state of existence. The Vanu Sovereignty is extremely advanced, employing powerful alien technology on the battlefield. Their singular purpose is to uncover the secrets hidden away in ancient artifacts scattered over the surface of Auraxis and they will annihilate anyone who interferes..

The site also confirms a beta is planned, with first invites going to Planetside players. More details, including the "online persistent" world's "business model" are expected to be announced soon.

Until then, let us know what you think of the game's first trailer in the comments below.

[via PC Gamer]





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