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Gaming is helping to keep the PC market alive, PC gaming panel says

During today's computer gaming panel at PAX East 2014, "The (Incredible) Future of PC Gaming," the topic at hand was — as you may have guessed — a contrarian viewpoint to the conventional wisdom that holds that the PC is on the decline. At the same time, it's not as if the panelists, who came from a wide spectrum of the PC gaming industry, were blind to the realities of the market. They just focused on the gaming segment of the platform. Gaming, they said, will keep the PC relevant for the foreseeable future. According to the panelists, there are many positive aspects of the PC platform that are obvious, including how open it is and how customizable it allows games to be. The PC is also in a transition period as a whole, noted Tom Petersen, Nvidia's director of technical marketing —...

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Player Studio user earns more than $100,000 creating in-game items

A user has earned more than $100,000 to date by creating and selling assets with Sony Online Entertainment's Player Studio, SOE president John Smedley revealed during the latest Game Talk Live episode detailing zombie survival MMO H1Z1. In response to a question if H1Z1 will feature Player Studio support, which Smedley confirmed the affirmative, he mentioned that SOE just had its first Player Studio user reach $100,000 in earnings to date from creating and selling in-game assets. Player Studio allows users to create in-game items with programs like Photoshop and Maya and sell them on in-game marketplaces. Player Studio first launched in 2012 and is currently integrated with EverQuest, EverQuest 2 and PlanetSide 2. Support for the program will be added to sandbox game Landmark on May...

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SOE spills details on post-apocalyptic MMO H1Z1 heading to PC, PS4

Sony Online Entertainment's post-apocalyptic massively multiplayer online game, H1Z1, is heading to PC first and PlayStation 4 later, SOE president John Smedley said on the latest Game Talk Live episode (later confirmed with Polygon), and will be available in 4-6 weeks via Steam Early Access for $20. H1Z1, where players to take on the role of an apocalypse survivor in a world swarming with zombies, was first revealed earlier today when details of the podcast were teased. The game will be a free-to-play title with microtransactions but it won't be pay-to-win and nor will it require a subscription. "The H1Z1 virus devastated mankind and left nothing but death and destruction in its wake and a world nearly empty of human life where the remnants of humanity are in a fight against...

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Registration opens for SOE Live 2014

Registration is now open for SOE Live 2014, the annual community event for Sony Online Entertainment. SOE Live will be held Aug. 14 to Aug. 17 in Las Vegas. SOE games include EverQuest, DC Universe Online and PlanetSide 2, and they will be the focus of developer panel discussions, social events and more. Attendees will also get to hear the newest announcement about these games, plus get access to beta programs, tournaments and more. Registration for all three days will cost $129 until May 12; $149 from May 13 to July 1, and $169 after then. Single day passes will cost $49, $59 and $69, and evening passes will cost $99, $109 and $119 following the same dates. SOE Live 2014 will be held at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. For more information, see the event's official site.

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PlanetSide 2 video details new aerial vehicle, mission system, continent and more

Planetside 2 is set to receive balance changes, a new aerial vehicle, 64-bit system support and more in upcoming updates, creative director Matt Higby highlighted in the latest development roadmap video. Updates scheduled for the coming months include tweaks to melee weapon, physics, along with balance changes for vehicles and weapons. Tentative plans for May include a new swamp-covered continent called Hossin, continent locking and changes for the combat medic class. With the roll out of the Mission System, the developer hopes to "eliminate those 'what do I do now?' moments and actively encourage better fights" and will introduce new mission types such as Air Strike, Armor Support, Air Superiority, Anti-Armor and Request Reinforcements. You can read the full roadmap on the P...

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Sony Online delays launch of All Access Pass by two weeks

Sony Online Entertainment now expects to roll out its All Access Pass on April 16, two weeks later than the original launch date of April 2, studio head John Smedley announced yesterday on Twitter. "Looking like new membership plans will go live around 4/16 instead of 4/2. Lots of stuff to finish," said Smedley. Sony Online announced the redesigned All Access Pass last month. The subscription plan allows fans of the publisher's games to pay $14.99 per month for access to the company's entire catalog on Windows PC, a price that will be discounted for users who subscribe for three, six or 12 months at a time. The library of supported titles currently consists of DC Universe Online, PlanetSide 2, Dragon's Prophet, EverQuest and EverQuest 2, along with Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, which...

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SOE All Access pass will get you all games for $14.99 this April

Come this April, you'll be able to subscribe to all of Sony Online Entertainment's catalog with the All Access plan for a single, monthly payment of $14.99. The new plan replaces the existing $19.99 SOE All Access pass. In addition, all existing individual memberships to DC Universe Online on PC, PlanetSide 2 on PC, EverQuest, EverQuest 2, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes and Wizardry Online will be converted automatically to All Access memberships. The program will eventually expand to encompass EverQuest Next and EverQuest Landmark, according to SOE's official FAQ. SOE will further discount the monthly fee for those who subscribe in three, six and 12-month chunks. According to a post by Community Relations Manager Collette "Dexella" Murphy on the EverQuest Next forums, the All Access...

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PlanetSide 2 to get 'smaller and more focused' weekly updates

PlanetSide 2 developer Sony Online Entertainment now plans to deliver weekly updates to the massively multiplayer online shooter every Wednesday starting Jan. 15, creative director Matt Higby announced on the game's forums this week. The studio recently overhauled its development processes with the goal of being able to release updates more regularly. Benefits to players under Sony Online's new strategy include frequent, consistent content drops, as well as a quicker response time from the studio to bugs and balance issues. "Each individual update will be smaller and more focused, with fewer moving parts that can break, which we hope will greatly decrease the number of bugs being introduced when we update," said Higby. He noted that Sony Online will still be working on larger features...

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Get bonus Station Cash from SOE for Cyber Monday

Sony Online Entertainment is granting a 25 percent bonus to those who purchase its universal in-game currency, Station Cash, on Cyber Monday 2013. The offer will last until 2:59 a.m. ET on Dec. 3 (which is Dec. 2 at 11:59 p.m. PT). The 25 percent bonus applies to both in-game purchases and those made through Sony Online Entertainment's official website. The offer is not valid for Station Cash purchases made through SMS payments. Sony Online Entertainment's Station Cash virtual currency is available in several online games for Mac and Windows PC, including DC Universe Online, EverQuest, EverQuest 2, PlanetSide 2, Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures and Wizardry Online.

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PlanetSide 2 players' shared stories could become graphic novels

To commemorate the one-year anniversary of PlanetSide 2, European players are being given the opportunity to turn their personal in-game experiences into graphic novels, European publisher ProSiebenSat.1 Games announced today. Players have until Dec. 17 to submit their stories to the "Share your WarStories" campaign. These tales will be presented to the European PlanetSide 2 community between Dec. 4 and Jan. 7, with other players voting on which stories they think should be turned into comics. Winning stories will be chosen by a team at ProSiebenSat.1 Games and announced on Jan. 21 before entering production with German artist Colin M. Winkler. The final "Share your WarStories" graphic novels will be released on May 13, 2014. All WarStories finalists will receive retail copies of P...

PlanetSide 2 Releases
North America
  • Windows
    • Released 11/20/2012
    • Publisher Sony Online Entertainment
    • Developer Sony Online Entertainment
    • Score 7.5
  • Mac
    • Released 11/20/2012
    • Publisher Sony Online Entertainment
    • Developer Sony Online Entertainment
  • PlayStation 4
    • Publisher Sony Online Entertainment
    • Developer Sony Online Entertainment
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