Following the recent wave of layoffs at Sony Online Entertainment, it was pointed out that two new MMOs "based on the PlanetSide and Everquest properties" were safe from suffering the same fate as The Agency.
While PlanetSide Next is safe from cancellation, PlanetSide Universe spoke with SOE president John Smedley to learn more about the game's future. Smedley shared: "PlanetSide Next is getting more resources and will be out a little later in the year but we are pulling out all the stops to make it great."
So, a renewed focus on the new PlanetSide game and as a result of all the turmoil the game will be out a bit later, but will probably be all the better for it. Apparently more news will hit next week, according to the director of Global Community Relations.
"We wanted to share this information with you all directly, rather than having you read about it on another site. What does this news mean for the squads of seasoned fighters in PlanetSide? There are few occasions when we see Vanu, NC and Terran all aligned in game, but we see it every day when we come to the PS forums or read about your campaigns in blogs, videos and other sites. We are listening; the community’s long-term and unflagging support of PlanetSide has ensured that it is one of the franchises that SOE will focus on going forward. I know that you’ve all seen a few cryptic and veiled messaged here and there regarding a new evolution of the game… while most of this development is still highly classified, we hope to bring you at least a few words from the Producer next week to whet your appetite and anticipation for the future.
~Linda “Brasse” Carlson
Director, Global Community Relations"