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PlanetSide Arena delayed two months to improve ‘crucial features’

Pre-order customers will get in early, and get exclusive items

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PlanetSide Arena, the multiplayer shooter for Windows PC that Daybreak Game Company announced at the end of 2018, has been delayed two months to March. Daybreak announced the setback Thursday, saying that work still needs to be done on “crucial feature enhancements and core systems improvements.”

PlanetSide Arena’s new launch date is March 26. (The original date was for next week, Jan. 29.) A closed beta will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Those who have pre-ordered the game will now be included in something called the Founders Season, which begins Feb. 20 and will feature exclusive items that can only be earned in this monthlong preview. “It’s our way of thanking all of you for hanging in there while we prime the Arena for launch,” Daybreak wrote.

PlanetSide Arena is launching via Steam with two bundles, one $19.98 and another $39.97. Post-release, the game will offer content-themed “seasons” similar to other multiplayer games today; that will include a Battle Pass that contains weapons and items for use in-game — though players will have to earn a certain score before deploying them.

Those who pre-order the game will get access to every beta before the game’s March 26 launch. Otherwise, those interested may sign up for a chance to be let in free.

PlanetSide Arena is one of our 50 most anticipated games for the coming year. Announced Dec. 13, it’s a class-based shooter whose playlist will feature traditional FPS game types — and, yes, a battle royale. At launch, its signature game will be a 250-on-250 showdown called Massive Clash.

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