Earlier this week, Sony Online Entertainment announced that they would have some exciting updates on PlanetSide 2 this week, teasing that they would have some eSports news and a content roadmap to share in the near future. Well, it looks like the near future is now and SOE has spilled the beans on both fronts. First, let's take a look at the eSports initiative.
SOE is teaming up with Major League Gaming (MLG) to work side by side in implementing competitive gaming features and settings into PlanetSide 2. MLG understands how to create successful eSports leagues and what it will take for PlanetSide 2 to develop a long-lasting competitive scene, and they're bringing that experience to SOE who is committing the time and resources into turning PlanetSide 2 into a major eSports player.
In addition to making PlanetSide 2 flourish in the competitive community, SOE and MLG will be creating original programming that will air on http://www.majorleaguegaming.com/. We're not sure what this programming entails just yet, but details and a programming schedule will be revealed in the near future.
The second announcement today was the interactive Roadmap for PlanetSide 2 updates. Never before has a studio unveiled this level of transparency and community interaction in the development process of a game like this. Here's how it work: players can visit http://www.planetside2.com/roadmap to check out a 6-month projection of what is in store for PlanetSide 2 development. Every single stop on the roadmap includes a place where players can discuss these specific changes and share their feedback on how it can be implemented more smoothly.
For example, this month SOE plans to introduce quite a few measures to protect players against spawn camping. One such addition will entail adding more windows and doors, so that you are more well concealed when you spawn. But maybe you think that SOE should not be affecting spawn camping? Simply hit the roadmap and let your thoughts be known.
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