Join an all-out planetary war, where thousands of players battle as one in strategic, targeted missions against opposing empires. Utilize infantry, air and ground vehicles to destroy your enemies in this revolutionary, massive scale, first-person shooter.
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Release Date: Nov 20, 2012

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May 12

Need a Boost? Now’s the Time.

Soldiers! You’re needed on the battlefields of Auraxis, and we want to make sure you’re extra prepared. That’s why we have Double XP + a SALE on Utilities and Boosts! And this isn’t just your regular weekend… these bonuses will be available for over a week!

Here are the logistics:

Double Experience will be available for EVERYONE beginning at 12:01AM PDT on Friday, May 13th and running for over a full week (two weekends!), ending on Sunday, May 22nd at 11:59PM PDT.

During that same time frame, you’ll also be able to get 20% Off Utilities and Boosts. This includes:

  • Experience Boosts
  • Resource Boosts
  • Squad Experience Boosts
  • Character Slots
  • Additional Loadouts
  • Banners
BUT THAT’S NOT ALL! Just for this sale, the 30 Day Boost is returning! That’s right, you can buy Experience Boosts in 1 hour, 1 day, 3 days, or 7 days, OR you can buy one that’s good for THIRTY DAYS.

If the Double XP + the Sale wasn’t enough, we’re also adding New Player Studio Items to the Depot. You’ve got so much added firepower, you might as well spruce up your vehicle and helmet at the same time, right? Here’s a selection of the new items coming this week*:

  • Harasser Roll Cage
  • Sunderer Ambulance Armor
  • Sunderer Comm Array
  • Scythe Usurper Plating
  • Prowler Cavalier Armor
  • Prowler Peacekeeper Armor
  • Spartan Helmet
  • Farseet Hood
  • Shwarz Corp Culture Helmet
  • Shwarz Corp Storm Helmet
  • Shwarz Corp Skull Helmet
  • Schwarz Corp Medic Helmet
  • Schwarz Corp Bulwark Helmet
  • Inspector Cap (no not Inspector Spacetime)
  • MK 4 Brute Helmet (This is for the MAX)
  • Singularity Helmet
  • Lucanis Helmet
  • Buyce Helmet
  • Rift Helmet
*Unlike the Double XP + Sale, which are only available for a limited time, the Player Studio items will remain in the Depot.

Take advantage of the Double Experience and the AMAZING Boost Sale (did we mention the return of the 30-Day Boost? We did, yeah? Just making sure you saw it!), before it’s too late!

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May 2

Guide To The New Construction System

***UPDATE: To celebrate our biggest update ever, we’re going all out with 2XP for everyone from 5/13 – 5/22! And, XP boosts will be 20% OFF during double XP week. So get out there soldier, and grab your extra certs while you can! ***

In case you missed it, the construction system is now live on PC! The discovery of the powerful new mineral Cortium has given rise to all new objects, tools, and vehicles – so here’s all the intel you’ll need to start building your way to victory!


Players can summon an Advanced Nanite Transport (ANT) at any vehicle terminal. ANTs are 4-man transports that have mining lasers for harvesting Cortium nodes, which are scattered around the map. The ANT can be deployed at any time, which will reveal access to a building terminal from which you can equip and then place fortifications (at a cost to Cortium).
Placing Construction Objects
When placing fortifications, you can rotate the object using left or right click. Move the object closer or further from you by holding left and right click at the same time. Raise or lower an object by looking up or down without clicking the mouse. All objects have blue and green “placement points” which help the player determine the right height of an object. Blue points must be beneath the terrain, while green points must be above the terrain. When your object is in position, press “E” to place it.

A “Cortium Silo” can store large quantities of Cortium, and also “claims” the land for you and your squad. Claimed land means that players cannot deconstruct any of your fortifications with the “Decon Tool” (also found in the ANT terminal). ANTs can offload Cortium to friendly Silos using the same method as harvesting minerals: just approach the Silo and hold the firing button.

Powered Construction Objects
Some construction objects require a nearby Silo (with stored Cortium!) to remain active. Modules, for example, are constructs that can improve surrounding fortifications, but go offline if the Silo runs out of Cortium. While a module is near a Silo, Cortium will be drained automatically. The more objects that require power, the faster your Cortium Silo will drain.
Hardline Interference Volume Emitters or “HIVEs” are structures which can generate Victory Points over time. These structures also require a nearby Silo for power, but only when they are active. A HIVE becomes “active” when your faction has an available core.

Victory Cores
When a continent unlocks, each faction has a certain amount of cores available. By default, each faction gets 2 cores, with an additional core given to whichever faction unlocked the current continent. Cores are automatically placed in HIVEs closest to an enemy Warp Gate. The closer the HIVE is to an enemy Warp Gate, the faster it will generate Victory Points.
When an active HIVE is destroyed, the faction who destroyed it will recover that core for their faction, and it will then automatically activate the most ideal HIVE, provided another empty HIVE exists.
It’s worth noting that Silos must be restocked with Cortium constantly, as HIVEs, like modules, require an active power source to function. If a Silo runs out of Cortium, an active HIVE will no longer generate Victory Points.
Lastly, Victory Cores will occasionally jump from HIVE to HIVE. Cores gravitate to whichever HIVE is capable of generating the most Victory Points, but will not do so if there are too many enemies in the target region, and cores will also not leave a HIVE currently under attack.

By default, each player is given access to Rampart Walls, Bunkers, Anti-Infantry Phalanx Turrets, Silos, and Repair Modules as default construction objects, and HIVEs are also unlocked at Battle Rank 15 for free. New types of fortifications may be purchased with Certs or DBC.
All structures are much weaker while being constructed than they are when they’ve been completed, and at the moment, each structure type takes 45 seconds to complete.


  • Decon Tool
    Can be used to deconstruct misplaced structures.
  • Rampart Wall
    Long, horizontal wall with high health and firing areas for infantry.
  • Bunker
    Small, durable fortification with firing areas for infantry and an open area on top.
  • Sunderer Garage
    Small garage with enough cover to house a single Sunderer.
  • Cortium Silo
    Small, durable, and provide power to a base. A single Silo can store up to 50,000 Cortium at a time. It also claims the nearby area for you and your squad, which prevents unsquadded allies from deconstructing nearby objects.
  • HIVE
    Initially a vulnerable “chassis” when unpowered. While housing a Victory Core, the chassis becomes indestructible, and a small shielded area becomes the only point where it can receive damage. Active HIVEs generate Victory Points based on their proximity to the enemy Warp Gate, and require Cortium from a nearby Silo to operate.
  • Repair Module
    Cortium-powered module which quickly repairs nearby structures. This is an extremely important component of any base.
  • Structure Shield Module
    Cortium-powered module that creates one-way shields for most of the openings on Bunkers, Rampart Walls, and Sunderer Garages.
  • Skywall Shield Module
    Cortium-powered module which projects a shield above, protecting from aerial bombardment.
  • Turret AI Module
    Cortium-powered module which provides nearby deployed turrets with automated tracking abilities, allowing them to fire on enemies who stray too close.
  • Anti-Infantry Phalanx Turret
    Mannable turret which excels at taking down enemy infantry.
  • Anti-Vehicle Phalanx Turret
    Mannable turret which excels at destroying enemy vehicles.
  • Anti-Air Phalanx Turret
    Mannable turret which excels at destroying enemy aircraft.
Ready soldiers? It’s time to put your new construction system training to test on the battlefield!

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“Audacious. Sony Online built a multi-continental world wide enough for thousands of players on three factions to fight in the air, on the ground, and inside bases, and released it for free.”
PC Gamer

“Technically astounding mass-scale warfare that spews out gaming fantasy fulfillment.”
90/100 – PC Gamer

“With versatile classes, deep progression systems and various styles of air and ground vehicles, there’s no shortage of ways to contribute to a fight, and on a coordinated team in PlanetSide 2’s open environments, Sony Online Entertainment’s game of nonstop war can be a truly incredible competitive experience.”
9/10 – IGN

About This Game

PlanetSide 2 is a free-to-play, massively multiplayer online first person shooter (MMOFPS). Empires fight on a massive scale where soldiers battle in an all-out planetary war on a scale never before seen in stunning, breathtaking detail. PlanetSide 2 battles persist when thousands of players align in this game that challenges the skill and grit through intense land, air and vehicle gameplay.

Across four huge maps, players come together in enormous battles to win control of critical territories and key resources for their Empire. With an extensive skill tree and free-form class-based system, players customize their soldier, weapons and vehicles to match their play-style, as well as the needs of their squad, outfit or Empire. The world of PlanetSide 2 is massive and persistent with every soldier capable of making a difference.

Key Features:
  • THREE WARING EMPIRES: Players will choose to align with one of three unique Empires – the militaristic, authoritarian Terran Republic, the rebellious, freedom-fighter faction New Conglomerate, or the technocratic, alien-influenced Empire Vanu Sovereignty. Each Empire has access to unique weapons, attachments, vehicles, abilities, and more.
  • MASSIVE WARFARE: Battles take place not between dozens of troops, but hundreds; with air and ground vehicles slugging it out alongside squads of troops. Each battleground holds valuable resources and key positions, and the Empire that can conquer (and manage to hold) these territories are rewarded with tech bonuses, greater access to equipment, and more.
  • ENORMOUS MAPS: PlanetSide 2 features four incredible and diverse continent maps with dozens of square kilometers of seamless gameplay space; every inch of which is hand-crafted, contestable space. Whether in open fields, tightly-packed urban centers or enormous outposts, victory requires calculated teamwork and a quick trigger finger to survive the massive battles.
  • PERSISTENCE THAT PAYS: In PlanetSide 2 the war isn’t won by a single base capture. The core gameplay of PlanetSide 2 is about holding crucial territories and controlling resources. Working strategically as a team to secure tactical positions, such as power plants and ammo depots, has long-lasting effects that can shift the tide of battle and provide key rewards and bonuses.
  • CLASS-BASED COMBAT: Players can build their soldier to match their play-style, as well as the needs of their squad, outfit or Empire. With six distinct classes to explore, each combat role, vehicle and weapon has extensive skill trees that will allow players to grow characters laterally, unlocking hundreds of weapons, attachments, equipment, specialized skills, vehicles, and more. Play as one of six distinct classes:

    - Heavy Assault – Rush into the battle ahead, guns blazing. You are the dedicated foot soldier of Auraxis.
    - Light Assault – Go where the Heavies can’t with your short-burst jetpack. Pick a high spot, throw a grenade and surprise your foes!
    - Combat Medic – Keep your fellow soldiers healed- it’s your job to revive fallen comrades.
    - Infiltrator – Stealthy and silent, you are death from the shadows. Whether you choose a knife from behind or a single shot from sniper’s nest, you are the enemy’s greatest fear.
    - Engineer – A crucial support class with the ability to repair important gear including vehicles, terminals, and turrets. Engineers can drop their own shielded turret and mow down advancing troops.
    - MAX – Heavily armored, cannons for hands, and a disposition to match, you are the ruler of the battlefield and a walking mass of armored death.

  • OUTFIT TEAMWORK: Outfits play a very important role in each and every battle. From a small group of specialized soldiers or rapid response team, to a huge clan that can field multiple platoons of hundreds of players, outfits have access to unique customizations– allowing them to create their own identity and manage their reputation and overall role in the ongoing war.
  • VEHICLES & WEAPONS: Players are able to access a huge array of weapons and vehicles which can be extensively customized for player preference or purposed with unique attachments and add-ons earned in game to fit each player’s style.
  • PLAY FOR FREE: PlanetSide 2 is Free-To-Play with an additional in-game RMT marketplace with items that range from cosmetic camouflage patterns and armor paint jobs, to XP accelerators. Items that affect gameplay, such as weapon side-grades will be purchasable via resources earned in-game through gameplay and achievements.
  • VOICE INTEGRATION: Players are able to communicate with their squads both through keyboard and voice chat.

System Requirements

    • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or later
    • CPU: Core i5-760 or better / AMD Phenom II X4 or better [Quad-core CPU]
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM (64-bit)
    • Hard Drive: 20 GB free
    • Video Card: nVidia GeForce GTX 260 or better / Radeon HD 4850 or better
    • OS:64-bit Windows 7 or later
    • Processor:Intel i7 processor or higher / AMD Phenom II X6 or higher
    • Memory:6 GB RAM
    • Graphics:nVidia GeForce 560 or higher / AMD HD 6870 or higher
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:20 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX compatible Sound Card
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
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92 of 97 people (95%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
3,305.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Planetside 2 is a great game, or maybe it's a mediocre game but unique enough to be in a league of its own. There's a lot that I can say about this game that others have already mentioned - the scale, the vehicles, the number of players, etc. That's enough to draw plenty of people in but there's some stuff that nobody really wants to mention

-This game is frustrating. You will probably not enjoy your first few sessions after the shock and awe of the first big battle you witness wears off. The tutorial is helpful if not a little subpar, koltyr is a joke, and to most players in this game you're just another face to shoot.

-This game is on a downward spiral. I love it but it's true. It's got some years left in it but the new player experience has been lacking up until the last few months which causes the game to bleed players badly. So who's left? Mostly people who have spent hundreds if not thousands of hours playing, which brings me to my next point

-Most everyone you run in to is going to be better than you. That's just the nature of the beast. Most previous FPS experience you have will be useless. The maps are open, the battles are chaotic, and there are so many ways to die and get killed. Forget aiming, forget bursting, forget picking targets. Lots of players know every base like the back of their hand and have fought long enough to get a feel for the flow of each fight. You're gonna get gunned down quickly from dumb angles by guys who seem like they eat, sleep, and breathe this game. You're not bad, you're just pushing a rock up a hill and they're sitting on top of it.

-Cheese. If you're a fan of other FPS games you've maybe had a little frustration about the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ who sits in a corner with a shotgun or always makes a dive for vehicles should they exist. Well, buckle up because it's gonna get worse. What's worse than shotguns in a corner? A walking tank with shotgun/laser/machine gun arms, a flying tank that will blow you up from 600+m away in the sky, a dune buggy that will run you over if his buddy doesn't kill you first with his automatic grenade launcher/canister shotgun/plasma cannon, and actual tanks that will sit on a hill and dump HE rounds at infantry chokepoints until they run out of ammo. Vehicles make for interesting gameplay but there are effectively zero guardrails separating the vehicle game from the infantry game. And unless you have friends who have been playing for a while getting in to a vehicle of your own to counter them isn't gonna end well for you. You're gonna get blown up. A lot.

-This game is poorly optimized and is incredibly CPU heavy. You're most likely going to CPU bottleneck unless you have an absolutely ancient GPU. You may have a decent machine but you will probably need to drop your graphics settings lower than you like for the sake of performance. If you play this game with >60FPS, you will not have a good time.

-Solo play is hard. Not impossible or even out of reach to the new player, but it will complicate things and extend the time it takes to master the game. Running with an outfit (like an in game clan) is absolutely vital. Not everyone likes this - it forces a social aspect that lots of people just aren't in to. But its the best way to get on the spot help, a sense of direction, and an organized group to cover your ♥♥♥ and yes, sometimes carry you.

Despite all this it's an amazing game and I absolutely recommend it. It's a frustrating, bulky, poorly optimized, dying, time vampire of a game. But you'll never play another game like it.
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91 of 112 people (81%) found this review helpful
137 people found this review funny
51.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
-Do you like purple?
-Nah, purple is g...
*grab gun*
-whoa man, calm...
-Dude, im from Terr...

10/10 would support Vanu nationalism again
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
100.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
For a free MMO FPS game this is definitely worth a try. I have enjoyed almost every minute I have played. I have a few hundred more hours than shown.

-Massive battles with hundreds of players on at any given time.
-Massive maps
-Simple yet solid gun play mechanics.
-Good overall design and concept.
-Good variety of weapons, vehicles, and customization for both.
-Mostly cosmetic micro transactions.*
-Multiple character slots.
-Multiple factions.
-A lot of teamwork and communication in the community.

-Grinding Certs can take forever
-Extremely limited character/vehicle customization for free
-Can be confusing for new players to get into
-Requires a pretty solid rig due to the intensity of so many players on very large maps

*I say mostly because you can buy unlocks for real money to accelerate the process instead of grinding certs to unlock them which may give an unfair advantage so it can be taken as a con or pro. There are also a few gun finishes/paints such as black and gold that can only be unlocked via daybreak cash(paid currency) but offer no advantage statistically.

Overall I would definitely give this game a try if you are into larger scale FPS games with a mix of vehicle combat such as Battlefield. It takes some time to get into but once you get the right weapons and equipment it becomes much more enjoyable.

A tip to newcomers since I sometimes see blueberries running around squad less.. I highly recommend that you start off joining a squad that is active and listen up to the platoon or squad leader and follow directions to learn the game faster and have a good time. Remember that this game is not like call of duty and is not a one man army game. Teamwork is essential and is key.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1,206.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
realy good game better then bf4
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
best free fps game (just as good as team fortress 2)

free to play
NOT a pay to win game
great concept

sometimes hard to find a good fight

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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
121.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
victory is our tradition TR forever
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
194.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
A great team-based FPS that seems to be well-balanced and smoothly run. I like to play it with my friends, it's pretty addictive (as you can see by my hours played). Takes a little getting used to but the leveling system, weapons, weapon customization, and accessories are all done very well, imho.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
48.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
I started the game. I was like "Uh. It's just some FPS. No Real fun uh ?" Then I got myself into my first all army assault. It was... Wow. It was just amazing. The adrenaline came into me. Like... I don't know. The feeling of being on the battlefield was here. And I truly loved it.
But one thing. You need to play that game on team. With friends. Either you're going to be annoyed really easily.
So yeah, play with friends, and have lot of fun. Because fun, glory and tactics are really some great points on that game.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
90.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
LOOOOOOVE this game. Played it for years outside of steam and now 90 hrs on steam. Recomend it to all, must play. Good Job Sony SOE
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
243.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Amazing game. The surface game is easy to get into - jump into a battle with instant action and just fight until you get bored. However, since I've played since day 1 of the launch, I have to say I LOVE this game. it's in my top 5. I have sunk actual money into it and don't regret a single penny.

Constantly being updated, with a team who may not be the greatest at making decisions but who excel at relating and communicating with the community. Especially developer Wrel, who livestreams the game often, and posts in the /r/planetside subreddit on reddit - along with many other developers.

Creating and managing outfits of hundreds of soldiers, getting a group of 50 people to cooperate enough to get a squad of tanks to form a column of death, fleets of aircraft flying overhead as you fire off into the middle distance. I love this game. I play on both Connery and Emerald in all factions, so message me if you ever need a friend.

Cannot recommend this game enough. 11/10
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16.9 hrs
Posted: October 23
get it now cowards
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29.1 hrs
Posted: October 23
It's a good game but you need a very good pc to play.
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1.0 hrs
Posted: October 23
Used to be the best teamgame ever. Biggest fights etc. No other game has the same kind of feel if played with a proper clan/outfit. Sucks for new players as there is a decent learning curve. Might be different nowdays.

Devs didn't release most of the content that was promised post launch. This included 2 continents. Only one was released but after major delays. The developers moved to other projects and this one got kind of abandoned

PS. 0 hours on steam, >500 outside of steam, >500 knife kills :3.
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780.0 hrs
Posted: October 23
**My Play time on steam is not my full play time - I played using the external client for a few years**

I can't describe why I keep coming back to this game, year after year. I think it's just how it makes every single other FPS out there look small, tiny and useless. I love it, Have played since Beta and will continue to play until the servers shut down. I shall mine the salt till the end.

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0.9 hrs
Posted: October 23
not good
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you mad
1.2 hrs
Posted: October 22
the game is hard good for players who like a challenge i recommend this game for pro shooter gamers :)
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1.8 hrs
Posted: October 22
this gama lagged so baddly and didnt make any logical sence itnsucks all together
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[5 Days Till B-Day] Dex
1.4 hrs
Posted: October 22
Piece of ♥♥♥♥ game, was good at one time, now its complete ♥♥♥♥.
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36.1 hrs
Posted: October 22
I find that I have the most fun as a support class. I'll never be as good as those ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s who are able to run through and shred the enemy lines but you bet your ♥♥♥ I'll be there if you need some ammunition
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0.1 hrs
Posted: October 22
Download a whole load of data, then can't register...
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