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Old 2012-04-08, 12:21 AM   [Ignore Me] #1
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Updated Video of Hex Map


Back over the xmas holiday I pieced together a little animation that showed a bit of the hex structure and gameplay for Planetside 2 using a Planetside 1 map.


At GDC some more detailed images of what the actually hex structure of INDAR would look like was released. So I began working on an updated version and this is what came out of that (see below)


I'd like to continue to add more to this as time goes on. If you would like to have something added to the video in the future please let me know and I will try to get it in. It's been a big help for me to visualize how the gameplay may play out using this as a tool.
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Old 2012-04-08, 12:27 AM   [Ignore Me] #2
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I don't know how you would add it but I was watching some GDC video in which Higby was saying, as he flew over the terrain, something about how each of the little things he was flying over were minor capture points. Would be interesting if we could find a way to show just how many minor capture points there are in a hex.

Unless you already have that in?
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Old 2012-04-08, 12:36 AM   [Ignore Me] #3
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This was the image I used to recreate the map.


It's hard to judge what some of the smaller capture points would be. Anything that was sort of noticeable I flagged as a tower or bunker. But without more information it's hard to say for sure. Some of the areas look bigger than a tower so they could be something else.
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Old 2012-04-08, 12:38 AM   [Ignore Me] #4
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Nice video as always Mir, just curious where the numbers of people on the cont/server came from
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Old 2012-04-08, 12:40 AM   [Ignore Me] #5
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Your video says "600 players, total 1800 players per server"

That's per faction. 600 players PER FACTION.
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Old 2012-04-08, 12:40 AM   [Ignore Me] #6
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Numbers came from here:
http://www.1up.com/previews/planetsi...ve-free-mmofps

In a region holding up to 600 players
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Old 2012-04-08, 12:47 AM   [Ignore Me] #7
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" In a region holding up to 600 players, you can just focus on the 10 that are in your squad."
To me that implies 600 people on your faction, which means 1,800 people fighting on the continent. Which kinda goes with what they've said previously. It was "thousands" then it became "over a thousand".

But 1,800 on the server? What about the other 2 continents? If every server had a 1,800, or even 5,400 person cap (enough to fill every continent) you'd need to have 100s of servers just to support the population lol. For those who don't know Planetside started with 5
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Old 2012-04-08, 12:48 AM   [Ignore Me] #8
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Originally Posted by Miir View Post
I don't have a copy of the PCGamer article, but I'm sure someone with it can back me up with the "aiming for 2000 players per continent", or at least 600 players per faction, bit.
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Old 2012-04-08, 12:48 AM   [Ignore Me] #9
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I gotta hand it to you Miir... that was first class... very organized, very clear, very well done.

On a personal note, you used a color for the Vanu that us colorblind people can distinguish easily from the NC on maps like this... thanks.
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Old 2012-04-08, 12:49 AM   [Ignore Me] #10
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I took it as region being a continent. It's an easy fix if that's the case.
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Old 2012-04-08, 12:54 AM   [Ignore Me] #11
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I took it as region being a continent. It's an easy fix if that's the case.
I think the 1up article is simply wrong. If the article was telling facts, your video would be correct, but I know the 1up article is wrong. 600 per faction, per continent.

600 * 3 = 1800

1800 * 3 continents = 5400 per server (lets call it a cluster) total, approximately of course.
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Old 2012-04-08, 12:58 AM   [Ignore Me] #12
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PC Gamer article quoted 666v666v666 per server?
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Old 2012-04-08, 01:00 AM   [Ignore Me] #13
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Nice vid, but as others have said, the PC gamer article said they are going for 666 vs 666 vs 666 per cont. Thats 2000 per cont or 6000 per server.
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Old 2012-04-08, 01:05 AM   [Ignore Me] #14
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Fixed it... rendering a new video now.

Thanks guys.
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Old 2012-04-08, 01:12 AM   [Ignore Me] #15
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Is there actually going to be a hard cap of 6000 per continent though? If so, that's going to cause people to not be able to log in unless they keep the per server character creation limited, and if they do that, it could cause average player load to be well under 6000 at times.

Perhaps 6000 is some kind of average, not maximum, that they are shooting for? One way they could have more players on a server yet with less chaos is through the multicrewing of vehicles, for example tanks, a driver and a gunner instead of the driver being both driver and gunner. But unfortunately it sounds like they are lowering the threshold and giving drivers the gun controls too. Which means it will be twice as many tanks in every situation - for example.
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