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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25 of 31 people (81%) 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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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1,448.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
A FPS designed without guardrails. If you want to know if you'll like this game ask yourself a question. "Can I enjoy playing a game against a hacker?"

There is no matchmaking, so you'll be facing some world-class players who can spin around and triple headshot you before you can pull the trigger. You'll be facing tanks with no counters spamming HE shells into an infantry fight then pulling behind a rock to repair. You'll be facing 3:1 odds on occasion across the entire huge, huge open battlefield because three times as many people decided to log onto Terran Republic characters that day.

From the end user perspective, there is no difference between playing someone with god-like skill or a hacker. If you can enjoy yourself while losing helplessly as you are outmatched/outgunned/outmanned then you'll like this game, because there's nothing else like it.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
394.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
There's no reason why you shouldn't give this game a try out, it's a free to play game which offers great content not only that but the game is backed by a great community.
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8 of 11 people (73%) 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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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
4.2 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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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
121.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
victory is our tradition TR forever
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
Quite good. Solid shooting mechanics, good class balance, and no one thing being inherently over powered makes this a rather fun game. Little hard to get into the same game as a friend, but still doable. Overall, I'd say 8.75-9.0 out of 10. Little heavy on the Pay-2-Win side of things, but the servers need to be paid for somehow.

Also, Live free in the N.C.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
153.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Vanu smile's Upon Me.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
GREAT GAME. The idea of this game is awsome. A war between warriing armys on a huge front is awsome
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
57.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
PS2 is the best that gaming can get. Even Battlefeild dosent top either the graphics or gameplay that Planetside's content holds. Moments that occur rarley in Battlefeild occur regularly in PS2. Its the best game I have ever played and may stay that way for a while. (FYI I have spent most of my hours in the game outside of steam)
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38.6 hrs
Posted: October 27
If Halo and CoD had a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ child, it would be this game. The game is so ♥♥♥♥ING PAY2WIN. New players and Free2Play players are basically ♥♥♥♥ED when it comes to this game. You cant walk 10 feet without getting ♥♥♥♥ed in the ♥♥♥ no lube by some pay2win ♥♥♥♥ with a cannon or something. I remember when this game wasnt as Pay2Win as it is now, when there werent that many people who payed.
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79.1 hrs
Posted: October 27
The brass is impressed. Good work!
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96.4 hrs
Posted: October 27
I'm personally a little mad about how people are saying that this is a P2W. There are microtransactions, and actually a whole lot of them. But, you CAN buy almost any gun with the ingame currency. Granted it costs usually 1000 certs per gun, which takes some grinding, but if you have a friend you'll have a blast. Me and my friend play this frequently, and we've done some of the craziest crap we could think of.
One of the things that you have to do is be tactical. You can't go to a big fight with infantry only, neither armor only, and aircraft only will do you no good. You need to bring a couple fighters, 4ish MBTs, around 2-3 sunderers (mobile infantry spawn vehicle), and a platoon of around 40-50 players. Yes, that's the size of the game. 50v50 happens. It's actually quite common. There are even 100v100, all fighting to take control of a base.
Sure, you have to have a good computer, but if you turn the graphics all the way down, you ought to be good. If you're in a big fight, I suggest being a medic for multiple reasons. Reviving and healing will keep your team pushing forward, and it doesn't require more than 20 fps to accurately aim and kill enemies.

All in all, 10/10 game. I don't generally play a lot of Steam games, but this is one that I am constantly coming to play.

Also, I am supposed to be doing school, so sorry for a messy review.
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0.7 hrs
Posted: October 27
Cant play :( i turned graphics down an everything but its still super laggy sorry
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137.8 hrs
Posted: October 27
There's about a million reasons why this game, which hasn't changed one iota since release, has kind of decayed over time. I'm not going to list them all, just remind you all that if you are considering picking this game up, remember that you have a big big download ahead of you, a lot of promises which still haven't come to fruition, and an extremely dedicated core fanbase which has probably all played this game since the first, or simply is dedicated to it now. Think EVE Online.

Now, basically, time = power. The higher level you are, the more stuff you have, and the more stuff you have, the better off you are. The longer you play, the more XP you will have, and because doing ANYTHING in this game will reward XP, even the worst player will beat the best player if, say, both players were playing heavy and met in a small room. Obviously if they fired at one another, the one with the more points invested in armor is going to win the gunfight.

And it's not even that I don't think players should be rewarded for their playtime, but, honestly, I've seen maps completely covered in red, blue and purple, and not once has it really ever meant anything. If I were playing with everything unlocked, I don't even really know why I would care about this game at all, since the only things you're really going to unlock by winning, is the ability to win harder with more vehicles and resource points and stuff like that. But nothing, in the end, really matters... it's not like any of the factions actually win anything, there's no rewards or anything like that, there's nothing.

In the end, I guess you can look at this as some kind of F2P Bad Company 2. It's not bad, I guess, but there's a lot of questionable balance issues, and honestly, I just don't find it very fun anymore. I like a good FPS, but there's just nothing to enjoy with this game anymore. Once you've taken every hill, every facility, every biolab... well, that's pretty much it. Likely you've seen everything, you know every circumstance, and you'll still wonder how despite the fact that your two factions are both staring down a corridor firing potshots, somehow you're still finding enemies standing right beside you, nobody moving to shoot and kill them...

But, bottom line, I guess I do have to recommend this game. Just for the simple fact that, if you have never played this game before, you do need to give it a try. Maybe the experience has been tarnished, but when this game actually kicks ♥♥♥, it really kicks ♥♥♥. Riding or driving in a big ♥♥♥ convoy of sunderers, prowlers and lightnings is pretty ♥♥♥♥ing exciting.

The most fun I ever had in this game was at first storming bases with a massive wave of allies, shouting Russian all the way. Then it was as a sniper. Then I got my kicks as a tank commander, driving round and offering a kind of 'artillery support' by ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ shells into bases from afar. Then I just stopped caring.
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88.4 hrs
Posted: October 26
it's hard to get new guns and is grindy as hell, but pretty fun open-world mmo fps
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18.7 hrs
Posted: October 26
this game is not like the video but the game is great
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309.5 hrs
Posted: October 26
Excellent AND free. It's basically a Battlefield style game but on an even larger scale complete with a large arsenal of weapons to choose from, vehicles, bases, the works. I recommend anybody with a taste for FPS games to try this. Of course, you need to play as glorious Vanu: Remember, Technology Equals Might!
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530.7 hrs
Posted: October 26
I played it for a little while. It's okay.
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0.5 hrs
Posted: October 26
i havent even played one hour and it already sucks
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