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PlanetSide Next Producer Letter Sneak Peek!

We have obtained an exclusive early release of the PlanetSide Next Producer letter!

Looking back through the archives, it’s been a while since we’ve done a proper Planetside Producer letter, so let’s get rolling!

Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Andrew Sites and about a month ago I joined the Planetside Next development team as the Executive Producer. While I may be new to Planetside, I’ve been around the block a few times here at Sony Online. I’ve worked in production on several SOE projects, including EverQuest, EverQuest II, Free Realms and most recently was the EP on Clone Wars Adventures. But enough about me, let’s talk about Planetside.

While combing through the Planetside forums, I can see that you’re not just amped about the promise of a sequel being developed, but even more so, you want some details. With Planetside now approaching its 8 year anniversary, it’s still easy to look back and see just how it set the bar for Massively Multiplayer FPS games. It was fun, fast-paced and most importantly, it offered truly MASSIVE FPS combat that hasn’t been recreated since. When we started designing Planetside Next, our goal was to build upon the original foundational elements that made it unique, while focusing heavily on the large-scale combat that set it apart from the competition. We’ve got some big shoes to fill, but as we begin unveiling the details, I think you’re going to be VERY excited to see what we have planned.

As you know, Planetside Next was announced by Smed via Twitter about a year and a half ago. Since then, the development team has been pining away on a new graphics engine, building art assets and designing new content. To support our ongoing development efforts, the team has increased in size significantly over the past several weeks. We’ve also brought back several team members from the original Planetside art, design and code team, as well as a ton of other talented, experienced MMO and FPS developers – many of whom I will begin introducing to you in my next update.

To say that the team and I are excited would be an understatement. Over the coming weeks and months, you can expect to receive a lot more detail about what we have in-store for PSNext. Much of this information will be presented to the PS community exclusively, because frankly, if your passion for the original didn’t exist, I wouldn’t be typing this.

Planetside set the bar for the Massively Multiplayer FPS market 8 year ago and we look forward to setting it again.

Looks like PSN's producer is ready to go and is very excited about PlanetSide. Looking forward to many future letters! Head on over to the comments thread to discuss.

114 comments
2011-04-13 02:02 PM
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2011-04-15 12:46 PM
Helifino
Re: PlanetSide Next Producer Letter Released

Originally Posted by GaiaLegion View Post
Jesus christ you type a lot of shit
lol
2011-04-15 02:20 PM
Psiclone
Re: PlanetSide Next Producer Letter Released

Originally Posted by Hamma View Post
Ok enough of the shenanigans lets get this thread back on topic please.
I think this thread is either about people liking the letter or hating it. Any argument caused by the disparity in people's disposition to the letter are valid. :P
2011-04-15 02:24 PM
PhillyGunson
Re: PlanetSide Next Producer Letter Released

I cant wait for this game to come out!


Anyone out there remember the Philly clan? Anyone from Band of Bros? Shoot me a PM.
2011-04-15 02:49 PM
Raymac
Re: PlanetSide Next Producer Letter Released

Yeah, all this crying about the letter sucking is pretty damn pathetic. It's the first producer's letter. In hindsight, I'm not sure why this letter didn't come out last week, but I'm sure there's probably a good reason.

There's plenty of time for details to come out. Then the fireworks will really start. You think the complaining is bad now, just wait for when we find out the game has features we don't want, or things we do want are not being put in. If you think it's torches and pitchforks now, just wait see...just wait and see.
2011-04-15 02:49 PM
basti
Re: PlanetSide Next Producer Letter Released

Originally Posted by Psiclone View Post
I think this thread is either about people liking the letter or hating it. Any argument caused by the disparity in people's disposition to the letter are valid. :P
I agree, completly. But besides liking and not liking it, we have those idiots who believed the game was about to be released in march, and that the first prod letter is going to be 32583267 pages long with information about every possible aspect of the game. And those guys seriously need to die. Thanks.


Anyway, topic: Yea, great, hi. Infos kthx? And FAST, not SOON!
2011-04-15 02:54 PM
Firefly
Re: PlanetSide Next Producer Letter Released

Originally Posted by Raymac View Post
Yeah, all this crying about the letter sucking is pretty damn pathetic. It's the first producer's letter. In hindsight, I'm not sure why this letter didn't come out last week, but I'm sure there's probably a good reason.
I don't know why it was late either, nor do I really care. This is SOE we're talking about - publicity isn't their strong point, if one compares it to Planetside. I'm not holding SOE to a strict timetable when they've got layoff recoveries, engine revamps, and game development to do. And whilst some may be new to the MMO market, there are those of us who are aware of the fact that the first letter from a producer is generally a hello-i-like-turtles letter (kudos to my outfit-mate Joemonkey for that name), and traditionally are merely a greeting.

Now, 2nd letter... that should have more info. I hope it's not long in coming.
2011-04-15 05:10 PM
The Desert Fox
Re: PlanetSide Next Producer Letter Released

Originally Posted by Firefly View Post
I don't know why it was late either, nor do I really care. This is SOE we're talking about - publicity isn't their strong point, if one compares it to Planetside. I'm not holding SOE to a strict timetable when they've got layoff recoveries, engine revamps, and game development to do. And whilst some may be new to the MMO market, there are those of us who are aware of the fact that the first letter from a producer is generally a hello-i-like-turtles letter (kudos to my outfit-mate Joemonkey for that name), and traditionally are merely a greeting.

Now, 2nd letter... that should have more info. I hope it's not long in coming.
Haha Firefly I have to agree with you here, now what I want to see is the 2nd letter come out, and have nothing relevant to the game in it. Then I want to see what you have to say to all the nay-sayers
2011-04-15 06:08 PM
Ailos
Re: PlanetSide Next Producer Letter Released

Originally Posted by The Desert Fox View Post
Haha Firefly I have to agree with you here, now what I want to see is the 2nd letter come out, and have nothing relevant to the game in it. Then I want to see what you have to say to all the nay-sayers
The second letter will come in 3 weeks and have something like 'We hope to release PSN in time for holidays 2011'. And I'll eat my hair if they actually follow that time table.

That said, I'd rather the game be released in March 2012 and be a quality product. (There'll be plenty of opportunities for SOE to fuck with it later on.)
2011-04-15 06:46 PM
Firefly
Re: PlanetSide Next Producer Letter Released

Originally Posted by The Desert Fox View Post
Haha Firefly I have to agree with you here, now what I want to see is the 2nd letter come out, and have nothing relevant to the game in it. Then I want to see what you have to say to all the nay-sayers
No, because I want information. I don't go out of my way to fuck with people. I understand how the industry works, that doesn't mean I'm not eagerly awaiting information. I'm by no means a fan of SOE - they pretty much turned me off with the lack of marketing and publicity to Planetside, in addition to the myriad mistakes. But I know why it's delayed and I know how a producer's letter works. I want as much info as I can get, the sooner the better.
2011-04-16 06:21 PM
Shogun
Re: PlanetSide Next Producer Letter Released

yeah, i hope the letter marks the beginning of a more or less constant flow of information.
and i think its a good thing to change the discussion back to a polite tone. would be sad if smed shows up to talk to us and turns away in shame when he reads the flamewars ;-)
2011-04-16 08:18 PM
Rbstr
Re: PlanetSide Next Producer Letter Released

Skipped everything after the first post, 'cause I can:

If this letter makes it blatantly obvious obvious this game is in fairly early development stages. Like I've been saying all along, this is not at BF3 levels of finished at all yet and these complains about "X is marketing Y already" are dumb because the timelines are obviously not at similar stages.
2011-04-18 07:18 PM
Pacew
Re: PlanetSide Next Producer Letter Released

its good to know PS has not died off
2011-04-21 11:10 AM
kamikava
Re: PlanetSide Next Producer Letter Released

So. . . . . . . Its been 8 days. . . . . . .

WHENS THE NEXT ONE COMING OUT!?!



2011-04-21 01:00 PM
TheBear
Re: PlanetSide Next Producer Letter Released

Originally Posted by kamikava View Post
So. . . . . . . Its been 8 days. . . . . . .

WHENS THE NEXT ONE COMING OUT!?!



Hold your breath. I'll count.
2011-04-21 01:07 PM
NivexQ
Re: PlanetSide Next Producer Letter Released

Originally Posted by kamikava View Post
So. . . . . . . Its been 8 days. . . . . . .

WHENS THE NEXT ONE COMING OUT!?!



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