Sony Online Entertainment laid off some “very good people,” according to company president John Smedley.
The new version will accept fan-created content, include destructible environments, and feature upgraded 3D graphics.
As an eSport, PlanetSide 2 will probably have the biggest matches of any competitive game.
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First-person shooter games have become a multibillion-dollar market. But no one has really succeeded in the massively multiplayer online space with high-end hardcore shooters. Sony Online Entertainment hopes to change that with the upcoming launch of Planetside 2. John Smedley, head of SOE, believes that the game will set a new bar for online shooters, with more than 2,000 people fighting together in the same region. He also believes that the free-to-play business model for the game will attract a much larger audience than is typical for an MMO. Smedley also feels that Sony Online learned some important lessons from last year’s hacker attack, which brought down the company’s network of games for weeks. We caught up with Smedley at the recent Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) video game conference in Los Angeles. Here’s an edited transcript of our interview.
Free Realms, the free-to-play family-friendly online world created by Sony Online Entertainment, has turned three years old. To celebrate, Sony is inviting the game’s 20 million registered users to a variety of in-game activities and new content.
The potentially risky move of taking DC Universe Online , the massively multiplayer online (MMO) game from Sony Online Entertainment, to a free-to-play model, seems to have paid off, with large increases in revenue being reported .
Sony Online Entertainment’s Free Realms online game has pulled in 20 million registered users since its launch in the spring of 2009, the company said today.