We heard about it over a year ago (yes, it’s been that long!) and it seems now that the time draws near for a PlanetSide 2 beta on the Playstation 4. In an interview with Eurogamer, Creative Director Matt Higby estimated that the beta would be ready to go by the end of 2014.

Why has it taken so long to port the 2 year old PC title over to the PS4? Higby says it’s because they don’t want the title to seem like just another port. “As much as it sounds like we’re blowing smoke, we’re working hard to release a game that feels like a full-on console experience and not just like a port,” Higby said, “So it’s taken us quite a long time to re-jigger our user interface and our controls. There’s a lot that needs to get done.”

One thing that hasn’t changed is the exclusion of cross platform play. PC players and PS4 players will play on separate instances. Higby says that while it’s technically possible to do, with players sinking money into characters on the PC for 2 years and with the update plan SOE plans to take, cross platform functionality just doesn’t make sense.

The PS4 version of PlanetSide 2 will still retain the free to play model used by its PC cousin and will be funded with microtransactions that utilize the PS4’s Marketplace Cash instead of Station Cash (PS4 DC Universe players already have the idea since that game follows the same model.)

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Mike "Magicman" Byrne has been a part of the MMOBomb family for years and serves as the site's current Editor-in-Chief. His love for MMOs and gaming in general has led him to covering games for numerous websites including Gamebreaker TV and XIV Nation where he proudly displays his fanboy flag for FFXIV:ARR.

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  1. D-Gen on November 15, 2014

    I’m excited for the launch of the PS4 version because I know it’s been pulling man power off of content development. Planetside is still the most ambitious, most amazing FPS in the industry after two years.

  2. Slammu on November 15, 2014

    Now there is no excuse for not having native PC controller support when the PS4 goes live.

  3. Koji on November 15, 2014

    if you like walking/ runing around then you should be excited about this. the game is a joke

    • BOOM! on November 15, 2014

      This game have more love than you.

    • D-Gen on November 15, 2014

      Apparently you were doing it wrong. That’s ok, you stick to games that weld to a rail or cram you in a tiny arena. Planetside isn’t for everyone because people can’t handle being left to their own devices.

  4. Jokul on November 14, 2014

    Thats absolute bullshit. They havent even fixed the optimization problems yet. I could run this shit on high earlier this year, but now I cant even run it on very low without it freezing every 5 seconds.

    • D-Gen on November 15, 2014

      Runs fine on my system and my PC is strictly middle-of-the-road hardware.

  5. JohnDoe on November 14, 2014

    Can’t wait for the Beta, wonder if they will utilize the controller’s touchpad.