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PlanetSide will go free-to-play in future, says company President

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PlanetSide, the original 2003 MMO release from Sony Online Entertainment, is going free-to-play, according to company president John Smedley.

Taking to his personal Twitter account, Smedley revealed SOE developers are working to take the title away from its subscription-based roots by making the title free to play. No exact time frame was given, however.

In a series of tweets, the SOE president referred to a new Sony promotion that gives PlanetSide 2 users six months free time in the game's predecessor.

"We did a mass grant of anyone who has ever played PS1 or PS2 with free time in PS1." he wrote. "We weren't ready to announce it yet because the database grant is still ongoing and won't be done till tmw morning. So please if you didn't get flagged chill. We are trying to do something cool for everyone and we were going to tell people when it's done. But people saw it and others broadcast the info. Please don't complain :) we aren't raising your taxes we are making a game free. This also gives us more time to make it f2p. So enjoy starting tmw late morning."

This news comes just as PlanetSide 1 celebrates its 10th birthday. We have contacted Sony regarding the game's ultimate future as a free to play title and will update when more information becomes available.