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Here's what the end of PlanetSide looked like

A hail of fire

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

PlanetSide, one of the first MMO shooters when it launched in 2003, flipped off the lights on Friday as planned, after a venerable 13-year run. The end came for PlanetSide much like it did for the dinosaurs here on Earth: with a meteor shower. Our dinos didn't get a "connection error" message at the end, though.

PlanetSide was one of Sony Online Entertainment's titles, until that development house was spun off into DayBreak Game Company. A sequel, PlanetSide 2, launched on Windows PC in 2012, with a version on PlayStation 4 following in 2015.

That game is still ongoing, but another SOE/Daybreak game is coming to an end — Legends of Norrath, a card collection game based on the Everquest canon. Servers for that go dark on Aug. 17.

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