We are thrilled to have reached a point where we can set an official release date for PlanetSide 2. External beta has been a fantastic learning experience, one where we have been constantly iterating and incorporating player feedback, tweaking and refining features to ensure an explosive, quality game at launch.
External beta has been an amazing way to directly connect with the player community on both an individual and large-scale basis and has further proven that we truly offer gameplay for every type of player. I’ve participated in battles against huge outfits that employ exhaustive base capture strategies, and I’ve marveled at the skill of some of our most adept combat pilots.
It is definitely the most unique gaming experience SOE has ever created.
In addition to the announcement that the game will be exiting closed beta next month, SOE released some impressive statistics from the ongoing beta test. The closed beta test for PlanetSide 2 began on August 3, 2012. Since that time:
- 83.8 billion points of damage done to players
- 2.87 billion projectiles fired
- 32 million infantry kills
- 7.3 million vehicles destroyed
- 1.4 million facilities captured
- 16.7 million rockets launched
- 4.3 million grenades thrown
- Empire allegiance breakdown (by playtime):
- New Conglomerate: 35.6%
- Terran Republic: 32.8%
- Vanu Sovereignty: 31.6%
PlanetSide 2, as you know, will be going live as a free-to-play title but if desired, players can opt to sign up for a Premium account. These accounts will run you $14.99 per month and will include "scalable gains for resources, XP and passive cert points."
Premium users also receive priority queue preference and early access to cosmetic items. They will also receive a monthly Station Cash bonus. The longer you remain a premium member, the better your rewards will get.