It’s been a fun weekend to kickoff the new year for Sony Online Entertainment (SOE). By “fun” of course I mean it’s been time for damage control and calm heads on social media platforms, and (predictably) SOE and SOE President John Smedley, fell a bit short.

First, the change. Implants in PlanetSide 2 are soldier add-ons that modify a number of game features, stats, and abilities such as reducing camera shake from explosions and auto spotting enemies that have damaged you. The 4 tiers of implants offer a wide variety of combat options.

In the latest game update, a patch note calls out that “overall Implant rates have been adjusted to accommodate the inclusion of new Tier 4 implants.”

Basically, implant drop rates in game were reduced leaving many players feeling like SOE was pushing then into the Cash Shop.

How did SOE respond to player concerns? In a way that is sure to anger many PlanetSide 2 players, of course!

Among the cries of “P2W,” John Smedley took to his own Twitter to announce that:


He followed up later by saying that the original implant drop rate was higher than intended and this change was technically a “fix” to that error.

The SOE response got even better when Community Manager, Tony Jones, took to Reddit with the totally non-combative reply (sarcasm) of, “Depends on how you define P2W. If implants are P2W, then yes you may not like everything in the future.”

Is this a P2W move? PlanetSide 2 players chime in below!

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.


  1. I have been playing PlanetSide 2 for a little over a year now. After around July of 2014 lots of changes were made to make the game different. Implants were released as well as an automated turret. The servers have also been extremely laggy for a majority of the player base for the past few weeks. It seems that although PlanetSide 2 may not be moving towards Pay 2 Win territory it also isn’t improving.

  2. I have to ask just one question. How can a game with no actual “Win State” be considered P2W?
    I constantly forget to recharge my implants yet i seem to do just fine. PS2 isn’t really a win or lose type game it’s merely an extremely large game of unending tug of war. Realisticly there is no win or lose. Sure you take the “win” in some small skirmishes, but in reality you can never really win or lose. Honestly it’s not as if you need implants to do well. It’s not as if they are forcing anyone into the cash shop. It is still can be earned by playing the game. In my opinion people are spending far to much time searching for things to be angry about rather than just enjoying the games. I understand you would like to “win” but if that’s the case maybe PS2 was never really the game for you……….just sayin……

    • id·i·om
      noun: idiom; plural noun: idioms

      a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words (e.g., rain cats and dogs, see the light ).

    • The larger goals of the game aren’t really a win/lose scenario, but the smaller goals certainly are. Such as taking bases, getting kills, etc.

      Pretty sure there’s an e-sports type of thing for the game also where there is a win condition or something. I dunno haven’t played PS2 since back when it first came out.

  3. Well Smedley is a piece of shit, so nothing negative he says is surprising. I mean really, the guy is more useless than cancer. At least cancer promotes the development of medicine. As for Tony Jones, well, with Smedley as a mentor what can anyone expect. SoE is to gaming what K-cars are to the automotive industry. Useless, outdated, and need to be replaced.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here