You didn’t think Planetside 2 was done did you? The MMOFPS is just that, an MMO, and as we all know MMO’s gain new content over time, although in this case it appears as if players will be the ones dictating what gets added next to the sci-fi shooter.

In a long and very revealing interview between PCGamer and SOE president John Smedley, plans for Planetside 2’s future were detailed, including SOE’s plans for dealing with hackers by embarrassing them though the game’s own method of virtual tar and feathering. Excellent.

When it came time to talk about the content additions for PS2 starting in January, Smedly had an interesting plan:

“What we’re going to do is let people know a list of things we plan to do, and let them decide the order they want it done in, and – if they hate it – we’ll just change it. It’s that simple. Rather than giving it our full three-year plan, we’re doing it in increments because that’s how far ahead we can plan for content releases. The meta-game in Planetside 2 changes constantly – so trying to predict what the game will look and feel like three years from now is tough. We have this idea of the major beats we want to hit – like player-owned bases – but in the shorter term we’ve got things like eSports we want to focus on and all kinds of cool new ways for players to fight wars. Players are paying the bills, so as far as I’m concerned that puts them in the driver’s seat.”

It’s an interesting decision but it makes sense. Planetside 2 is driven by player interaction more so then almost any other game currently out (EvE Online is notable for this as well), so it’s a no-brainer to allow the players to control what gets added next and what needs changing.

Newer players also have reason to rejoice since SOE is woefully aware of Planetside 2’s almost complete lack of comprehensive tutorials, something a game of this size and complexity should never go without. According to Smedley, newer players should expect these tutorials by February.

What do you want added most to Planetside 2?

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  1. Kingslayer45 on December 26, 2012

    NC for life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Kennt on December 25, 2012

    Why would they do all those ip, hwid, ssd, p banning? There is an easy way to purnish hackers. Reset their character back to level 1. Delete all the cash shop money, cash shop items, ingame money and their archivements. Done! Keep doing this with all of their accounts. Lets see if they want to hack again

  3. Macros on December 24, 2012

    What the f***
    “it appears as if players will be the ones dictating what gets added next to the sci-fi shooter.”
    That’s funny because the last time i’ve checked devs didn’t give a… about what ppl say on their forums. You even have “SOE tracker” or something like that to see that 90% of dev/cr/pr/mod posts are in support forums where ppl have problems with their game.
    Another 10% “We don’s see how is this topic relevant to gameplay, but we appreciate the feedback :D” CR closing thread in which ppl complain about the game. That’s all.

    “What we’re going to do is let people know a list of things we plan to do”
    What can i say… at last? You guys here at mmobomb already know more about what’s going to change than PS2 players.

    “SOE’s plans for dealing with hackers by embarrassing them though the game’s own method of virtual tar and feathering. Excellent.”
    Yeah i saw how it works:

    ” and from the original article they mentioned that the system would be implemented in a way so that it doesnt become a badge of honor for the hackers and cheaters.. ”
    It not only works like a badge, it’s even more like “”hack” us more”.

    ” Planetside 2 is driven by player interaction more so then almost any other game currently out (EvE Online is notable for this as well)”
    Yeah… except it isn’t, at all. It’s a situational driven never ending war, pretty much pointless also.
    Please don’t even try to compare it to EVE. It’s not even sandbox.
    And you know what? I think they know how much pointless that game is and that’s why they’re thinking about player owned bases. The only problem is that no matter how much new content they’ll add that players can or have to pay for itt won’t change the fact that this game is pretty much broken.

    “What do you want added most to Planetside 2? ”
    Better uninstalator. Current one won’t even uninstall it properly, leaving icons on desktop, game data folders and probably a bunch of broken register keys. Only thing it won’t leave on your computer are screenshots and that’s only because in-game screenshot feauture is broken (unless you know the shortcut from PS1 that is). But that’s normal in this game.

  4. Neosapience on December 22, 2012

    They are never going to get rid of cheaters. First off, they have no reliable way of detecting them. Even games that utilize anti-cheat programs (like punkbuster) aren’t completely effective, but PS2 has nothing, NADA.

    Second, any cheater with half a brain in their head isn’t going to be blatantly obvious about it. Heck, some cheats are almost completely undetectable (infinite ammo, wall hacks, etc…), and since you’re fighting against an enormous amount of people, pinning down exactly what’s going in is nearly impossible.

    Thirdly, bans don’t work well in F2P games, as any hacker worth his salt can easily get around IP bans. All it takes is one hacker to absolutely ruin your entire gaming session, so even if they somehow managed to get rid of 99% of the cheaters, it wouldn’t matter. Heck, all it would take is a few good hackers to completely screw up the balance of an entire server. Remember, this isn’t some PvE game with incidental PvP. Every loss is going to leave you wondering; should we have won that?

    The sad part is, issues like these could be avoided if these companies gave a crap about paying customers. All they would have to do is make some of the servers ‘members only’ and it would solve 90% of the complaints I’ve had with F2P games. But no, they’re more interested in pandering to their F2P seagulls… so, they get nothing from me!

    Good day sir.

  5. Shachihoko on December 16, 2012

    Personally I would suggest a 4th faction that is unplayable, but instead they would be the 4th faction that the vanu’s weapons are derived from, where they are the main inhabitants that are also fighting against all 3 factions to try and take back their planet. I am suggesting this because the game is really empty when the population is low due to people having work, school, etc. The 4th faction being the planets inhabitants could warp above a base and send a ton of drop pods down and it could happen anytime – on an empty base, on a base being fought over, anytime – which would add an extra layer of interest and excitement to the game.

    • Dumb on January 2, 2013

      That is a stupid idea.

  6. cacalips on December 16, 2012

    Tar and eather sony employees = better game

  7. playeronesvk on December 15, 2012

    game sucks FPS is shit and draw di

    • Paybackaiw on December 16, 2012

      Why would you play it on a rock?

      • Macros on December 24, 2012

        Why would you use a rock to think instead of your brain?

  8. Markman on December 15, 2012

    Maybe they could optimize the game (100% cpu 5%gpu yet) before they planning anything….that should be good .

    • smash_mouth on December 29, 2012

      Um no, GPU’s are far faster at this type of processing than CPU’s….it’s a GPU bound game.
      If you had it on just the CPU it would be a slide show.

      also if thats the percentages then you have a bottle neck, not the games fault it’s your choice of hardware.

  9. Densle on December 14, 2012

    Like in one if your news videos they mentioned a huge airship that can fly around the map.
    That is basically the only thing that I want atm.

  10. Zhao Yun on December 14, 2012

    ik this might be bitching but i REALLY think they should make something(anything)so the people with lets say not so good pcs(including me)can play planetside 2 cause i really like how this game looks and stuff but can not play it 🙁 JUST SAYIN

    • secondbarage on December 16, 2012

      i like this idea but the problem is they would have to make something like a .ini/.config file that lets you change thing like your pixel shader used and make the game have more compatibility with more hardware

  11. TwoDigitScout on December 14, 2012

    I would like to see bases get temporarily locked down and become uncapturable for say 10 to 15 minutes after being captured. It almost seems pointless of pushing to capture a point only to potentially lose it 5 minutes later or less.

  12. Takerukun3 on December 14, 2012

    You can always get in via proxies, mac spoofing, or vpns if there were ip bans,,,

    • Yuri on December 14, 2012

      nobody does that because they’re slow as hell and frankly too much work… just to get a new account .. not to say it doesnt happen, tho..

      • DiBBz on December 14, 2012

        its better that nothing or most crappy banning methods and im sure it wont take long with a big team at SOE , also if the hackers are using station cash to buy items beats me there paying for PS2 success witch it deserves but however they could be using a keygen of some sort to illegally get the station cash

  13. COINCIDENCE?! on December 14, 2012

    Funny cuz my entire socials block was discussing this treatment used on British tax enforcers by the Americans.

    • cacalips on December 15, 2012

      AND BLACKS HAHAHAHAH that is so funny…not really. LEave it to SONY. Games garbage BTW

  14. Yuri on December 14, 2012

    haha i love the idea of the cheating system they’re thinking up it think the current system of banning players is stupid because they can just create a new account again… and from the original article they mentioned that the system would be implemented in a way so that it doesnt become a badge of honor for the hackers and cheaters.. i think it would be awesome if they made it so the gun has no ammo or just can shoot.. etc… also if they some how implement an IP address restriction for account creation that would pretty much make it impossible to create another account after you’ve been tarred and feathered and what ever else they’re planning..

    • Curst on December 14, 2012

      IP restriction isn’t productive. Some people have dynamic IPs.

      • Yuri on December 14, 2012

        Good point .. didnt think of that

    • DiBBz on December 14, 2012

      your talking about HWID bans ( hardware ID bans ) as in it blocks there ID content folder in the HDD or SDD 😀 so they can never play again but yet again they can get around this with a proxy but im sure most of them are kids and dont know what that is 😀

      • Zhao Yun on December 14, 2012

        Internet my friend is all they need and i will tell u what i mean.If i am interested in a game and i was banned and idk what HWID or SDD is(which i dont’ really)then i can just google and find what it is how u get passed it and so on but thats only if i am REALLY INTERESTED on the game or if i am pissed at the game for banning me and want to get “revenge” or whatever 😛 then again with so many mmos out this year(mainly shooters)i doubt someone will bother agree my brotha? 😛

        • Boybawang on December 17, 2012

          Hardware bans, are bans that bans physical ip… I think the only way around it is changing your hardware… If you have the money to change your hardware every ban then hardware ban would affect you…

          • smash_mouth on December 29, 2012

            Not only that, if the HWID was taken from the mobo, who’s going to change that regularly?

            Also 15GB per time you are kicked isn’t fun.

  15. Takerukun3 on December 14, 2012

    Sounds kinda like firefall’s way of doing things, they even held a poll on the forums to help name some of the new mobs! pretty sweet.