The upcoming MMOFPS Planetside 2 has a lot of hype and a lot of fans behind it. But John Smedley, the CEO of Sony Online Entertainment hasn’t forgotten about Planetside 1 just yet.

In a twitter post concerning Planetside 1, Smedley mentions that “we will keep it running and it will go F2P sometime fairly soon. While admittedly a large portion of the playerbase for Planetside 1 will be moving to Planetside 2 it is nice to see players given choices.

It’s only fair to give Planetside 1 players the same payment options that Planetside 2 will have. There are huge fundamental differences between the two versions besides the obvious improvements to graphics and combat. Some players will of course be more content with the current state of Planetside 1 versus the currently unfinished Planetside 2.

This may also bring in a slightly larger playerbase to the original. Those that do not have the computer power to run the resource demanding Planetside 2 will find that the original requires only a fraction of the resources to run. No word yet as to when exactly the switch to F2P will take place but given the fact that updates to Planetside 2 are coming at a breakneck speed, one could expect the switch to occur before Planetside 2 is released later this year.

Michael Dunaway has been part of the MMOBomb team for years and has covered practically every major Free-to-Play title since 2009. In addition to contributing First Look videos and news articles, Michael also serves as the Community Manager for the upcoming MMORPG, Skyforge.


  1. I have a godlike computer but will download and play planetside 1. planetside 2 is boring. ill try this old game again. i playedi t back in 2005 a tiny bit. i think its funny they pretty much admit that their planetside 2 product is not much better if better at all compared to the first (given its current boring fail state)

  2. so? is planetside 2 p2p? , LOL!!!!!! THEN WHY IS PLANETSIDE 2 IN THE NEWS? , werent the webpage a f2p games news etc? , at least around 8 mnths ago it was LOL! brun it in hell please.

  3. Shit should have been F2P since launch. When companies go SHEEP, it is sad sad sad we all follow for the little brown balls of turd that dump behind the sheeps fluffy; yet semi itchy buns hole.


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