PlanetSide 2 Interview: Free to Play on PS4, Differences from PC Version and New Content

We spoke to executive producer Clint Worley as the F2P shooter readies for launch on PS4.

PlanetSide 2 is one of those games that despite a long development cycle didn’t immediately sink when it released. After years in development the game managed to do remarkably well on PC. It was then announced that PlanetSide 2 would be available on the PlayStation 4 as a free to play title, something of a first for consoles in general, especially those on the next generation.

We briefly caught up with executive producer Clint Worley to talk about what the motivation for bringing the game over to the PS4 from PC, differences between the two versions and extra content that can be expected.

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Ravi Sinha: There are tons of free to play games heading over to the PlayStation 4, some of them shooters and some of them MMOs. What was the motivation for bringing PlanetSide 2 to the console (aside from, well, Sony owning it)?

Clint Worley: As players have been asking for PlanetSide 2 to be playable on the console, we wanted to open the door and invite them into the PlanetSide 2 universe. With the PS4 hardware, we can offer amazing graphics that rival a high end gaming PC without compromising the gameplay or social structures that are critical to PlanetSide 2; it is the ideal platform to showcase the game’s beauty and massive open world combat.

With the PS4 hardware, we can offer amazing graphics that rival a high end gaming PC without compromising the gameplay or social structures.

Ravi Sinha: And considering that so many other free to play titles will be vying for the attention of consumers, what puts PlanetSide 2 above and beyond all of them? What does it have that you feel the competition still lacks?

Clint Worley: PlanetSide 2 has always offered gameplay at a scope that is unrivaled with thousands of players fighting on a single server in a persistent world that rewards teamwork. That, coupled with cutting edge graphics and ongoing developer support tied to player feedback, all lead to an experience that can’t be found in another game.

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Ravi Sinha: Will there be any significant differences between PlanetSide 2 on PlayStation 4 and for the PC in terms of visuals? Will there be an improved level of performance given the uniform nature of the console platform?

Clint Worley: Based on the PS4 hardware, we are targeting visuals that are on par with a high end PC gaming setup. PlanetSide 2 already looks amazing and being able to use all of the PS4 tech to crank up the details will really impress our players.

PlanetSide 2 already looks amazing and being able to use all of the PS4 tech to crank up the details will really impress our players.

Ravi Sinha: What extra content will we see for the PS4 version? A new faction? New maps? New weapons? Essentially, will there be a motivation for PC players to pick up the PS4 version and maybe cross over entirely?

Clint Worley: One of the core decisions we made up front was to have the PS4 and the PC versions be as close as possible so that all players receive the same experience. That means that new content, balance changes and bug fixes will be addressed on both platforms. We do plan to take advantage of the features that come with the PS4 to enhance the experience, such as the DualShock 4 peripheral.

A big thank you to Raquel Marcelo from Sony Online Entertainment for setting this interview up.


  • Dakan45

    “With
    the PS4 hardware, we can offer amazing graphics that rival a high end
    gaming PC without compromising the gameplay or social structures.”‘

    HAAHHAHAHHAHAHAH

    RIGHT, They also said

    “PS4 CAN RUN PLANETSIDE 2 WITHOUT A 4000$ PC”

    Who buys these crap? Sony fanboys propably. Planetside 2 studio is owned by sony and sony said the same crap about beating “4000$ pc” with the ps3 back in 2006.

    Planetside 2 is a F2P game, it doesnt have “high end graphics” a high end pc is NOT needed. Infact the pc version has physics which is a bottleneck, Can sony use physx on ps4? Because its exlusive to Nvidia last time checked.

    A gtx 460 or 550 TI can max out planetside 2, those are old midrange videocards.

    Also keep in mind the game was unoptimized and as the developers said ps4’s biggest challenge is its cpu. Realy? the cpu? That suppose to make games easier to run, but hey, planetside 2 wasnt optimized for multiple cores on release so they had to fix it.

    Yet it will go down in history as “ps4 is more optimized and can run planetside 2 better than most pcs”

    When in realliy the game was unoptimized back then and there is nothing “high end” about it, a 600 pc can run the game amazingly well not “4000$” as the sonytards at SEO say to hype ps4.

    Warframe did the same crap. They said “we are bringing high end pc graphics on pc”

    But in reallity warframe graphics are worse than dark sector, infact if you check the requirments a 2006 pc is needed to run it and a 2007 pc with 8800GT can max it, you know the card that run crysis on med/high.

    Pathetic console lies that missinform gamers to buy consoles with fake “facts” that pcs cost thosands and thousands of dollars and somehow a cheap locked out box at the size of a laptop can rival high end pcs…WAKE UP, its not possible, they are not gonna sell you a 2000$ pc, let alone a 4000$ as they claim.

    • KuRupT

      Well my pc can’t run planetside 2 on high settings.

      I think it’s meant to say that planetside 2 will look the same as high end pcs, regardless if it does or doesn’t look great on a maxed out pc. I can’t think of any mmo that has great graphics, simple because of the scale of the game. But planetside 2 looks better than most. Basically in order to get high level “crysis” type graphics you have to make decisions about other aspects of game development and see how much of a toll CPU and gpu power will take on a system.

    • Dakan45

      my 5 year old pc can though.

      From what i heard not only ps4 is suposselly gonna run it on high but maxed out, which is bullcarp since we talking about high antialising settings.

      Planetside 2 is not an mmo, it has large maps, but hey so does arma, thats what you can do without weak consoels, eg the maps in bf3 are much smaller on consoles than on pc. Its an F2P game it absolutly does not require a “high end pc” or “4000$ pc” as SOE said.

      The cpu of both next gen consoles are so weak that ALL the cores have to be used, on pc the game was badly optimized and did not utilize mutiple cores.

      The point is not wherever the ps4 can run planetside 2, but that even xbox one can.

      is this what “next gen” suppose to be? Running mid range games on high?

    • unclesam

      You f**king PC troll liar, I am going to f**king report you. YOU HAVE NOT EVEN PLAYED A NEXT GEN CONSOLE GAME, I HAVE AND IT IS AS GOOD A HIGH END PC GAME! GO CHEAT AND HACK IN YOUR PC WORLD, leave us next gen console owners alone you f**king c*nt.

    • Dakan45

      Report me to who moron?
      To this site? Very well i will also report you, lets see who will get banend first?

      ps: just YESTERDAY YOU WERE TROLLING AND BASHING PC IN THAT OTHER SITE, So please STOP BEING A PRETENTIOUS HYPOCRITE.

      Cheat and hack? AHAHAHA you dont play games on pc, just tell the truth, hackers get banned instantly on pc, not on consoles though.

    • Bush O Connor

      unclesam, you are going to love this game when it hits the ps4. cant wait myself to see if the ps4 crowd really take to it. which they should after MAG on the ps3. best game released in years.

    • extermin8or2

      oh it’s you trolling again, you’re 5 year old pc again that the other day cost you the same as a ps4 will on release day hahaha (you said that not me I’m just repeating it) and I presume this pc therefore appeared from the future right? I’m not going to lie I can’t be bothered to read your entire comment but I can tell you this Nvdia id actually announce that PhysX would be supported by both next gen consoles months back…

    • unclesam

      Agree, everybody who hates this f*cking lying PC troll “Dakan45″, report him and get him banned, alternatively somebody who knows who he is – RUN HIM OVER.

    • Dakan45

      sup brah? No i didnt asy it cost me the same, i said it cost me the sam as ps3.

      I also said That ps4 can use physx in another post in this site but i wanted to see if you bite.

      We all know you are a huge pauperstation fanboy.

    • wazza1555

      i feel like i have to say this. you are a pathetic fanboy who needs to spend more time playing games and having fun, rather than bitching about how something you don’t even play is not up to your standards. shut up and enjoy the platform you play on, your making PC gamers look like a bunch of complaining bitches.

    • Dakan45

      I feel like i got to say this, you are a pathetic retard who has nothing better to do than make multipe acounts and troll.

      How do i make pc gamers look like comlpaining bitches when i clear up the missconception you consoletards have about pc?

      You say i bitch about something i wont play,yet i DID play planetside 2 on a old 5 year old pc, becasue THE GAME IS NOT A HIGH END GRAPHICAL MASTERPIECE THAT WE SOMEHOW HAVE TO BE IMPRESSED THAT PS4 IS CAPABLE OF RUNNIG.

      Yet morons fall for sony’s crap that a ps4 can run this better than 4000$ pc

      You console gamers are retards

    • Guest

      Too many cpu88800gtblablabla550tlgtx460. So that’s why the pc is better? Well sounds like a joke to me.

    • Dakan45

      What for? you can just play non graphical games which have great gameplay. That is a chocie too

    • Bush O Connor

      i spent 700euro last week on a pc to run planetside 2 on ultra.

      the ps4 will easily handle this game on max settings, all it will boil down to is the resolution of peoples tv screens.

      im buying a ps4 just for planetside, its the only reason im getting a next gen console.

      if you saw the game on ultra you would see it has some of the best graphics on any platform/game. hell it makes battlefield 3 look and play like garbage.

      you sound like a pc gamer who hates everything thats on consoles. no idea why as a gamer i play on them all and im happy :)

    • Dakan45

      Wrong wrong and wrong.

      First of all planetside 2 graphicas re impressive for f2p,but its not a graphical masterpiece by far.

      BF3 beats it easilly.

      You do not buy ps4 for planetside 2, Who on his logical mind buys a console for a f2p game? Especially if you ahve the pc version?

      Ps4 wont be able to run it at ultra, not becasue the game is demanding but because it cant handle the higher antialising settings nor supports physxs and dx11 tesselation techiniques.

  • unclesam

    Don’t listen to the horrible little PC troll below, I’ve played Crysis 3 on a high end PC and saw Killzone running in the flesh on a PS4 at PAX. Killzone looked BETTER, and game played fantastically with the new PS4 controller.

    NO $350 PC IS GOING TO EVEN CLOSE TO THE POWER OF A $350 PS4 (I have taken out the $50 for the Dualshock 4) – FACT. INFACT YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO SPEND CLOSER TO $1000 TO BUY EQUIVALENT GAMING PC WITH THE POWER OF THE PS4.

    PC GAMING IS EXPENSIVE HASSLE, constant hassle of hardware upgrades ($400 for the latest graphics cards), configuration updates, windows driver updates, and the worst part of it are the cheaters, hackers, mods and aimbots that kill all the enjoyment on any multiplayer PC game.

    • extermin8or2

      Hahaha Dakan45 is somewhat of a joke any article about ps4 in prticular but I think plenty of xbox ones aswell and he’s on there bitching away, going on about his wonderful 5 year old pc, that apparently cost the same as a ps4/xb1 will at launch and can still run high end games today (clearly it’s part came back in time…) etc etc and just generally talking crap. He has a real obsession with promoting Crytek/Crysis. (See what happens if you tell him you think biohock infinite more than crysi 3 ;) )

    • unclesam

      I f*cking hate this f*cker “Dakan45″, somebody please beat sh*t out of this f*cker or RUN HIM OVER.

    • unclesam

      EVERYONE WHO READS THIS, PLEASE REPORT THIS HORRIBLE PC TROLL “DAKAN45″ TO DISQUS AND GET HIM BANNED AND ALL HIS COMMENTS REMOVED, BEFORE I GET MY HANDS ON HIM.

    • Dakan45

      EVERYONE WHO READS THIS, I HAVE TRIED REPORTING THIS TROLL IN DISQUS, YOU CANT REPORT PEOPLE TO DISQUSS, YOU CAN ONLY FLAG COMMENTS AND THE SITE ADMIN WIL DELETE THEM OR BAN YOUR IP, PLEASE REPORT THIS HORRIBLE CONSOLETARD THAT BASHES PC AND SAYS THAT EVERYONE IS A HACKER, LIKE THE POOR TROLL HE IS.

    • Dakan45

      KILLZONE DID NOT LOOK BETTER THAN CRYSIS 3 YOU MORONIC TROLL, ALL TECH USED IN KILLZONE 3 WAS ADDED IN CRYSIS 2 DX11 PATCH,PC IS NOT AN EXPENSIVE HASSLE, YOU GET BETER GRAPHICS AND SINCE GAMES ARE CHEAPER YOU QUICKLY COVER UP THE COST.

      ALSO PC DOES NOT HAVE HACKERS, THEY ARE KICKED AND BANNED INSTANTLY BUT ON CONOLES YOU HAVE TO WAIT FOT THE PATCH TO BE RELEASE.

      YARR big letters make me angry YAR….

      http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/06/14/build-a-next-gen-pc/

      OH NOES PS IS NOT EXPENSSIVE THIS GUY IS WRONG.

    • unclesam

      I’VE PLAYED BOTH YOU F*CKING TROLL. STICK WITH YOU EXPENSIVE PC GAMING WITH HACKERS AND CHEATS IN EVERY LOBBY. I USED TO BE A PC GAMER, BUT IT IS FULL OF ASSH*LES LIKE YOU.

    • Dakan45

      AND I HAVE ALSO PLAYED BOTH YOU FREAKING TROLL AND I KNOW FOR A FREAKING FACT THAT PC IS NOT FILLED WITH HACKERS.

      THEERREEEFOREEEEEEE

      YOUUUUU ARREEEEE LYYYYINNGGGG!!!

      Big capital letters help you to make your point, i littearly am convinced with you just becuase you typ it with big angry letters kiddo.

      GOTTT ITT?

      Continue being BUTTHURT AND INSANELY ANGRRYY and above all WRONG, but its you who is gonna get banned with all the swearing.

    • john

      Please STFU you troll.

      If anyone is trolling is you and you simply do not STFU, we dont care what you think or say sony fanboy, Dakan made a point, so ill thumb him up and i will report you

    • Dakan45

      hahah you see how angry this butthurt kid is?

      Ill give you a thumbs up too bro

  • unclesam

    Don’t listen to the horrible little PC “Dakan45″ troll, I’ve played Crysis 3
    on a high end PC and saw Killzone running in the flesh on a PS4 at PAX.
    Killzone looked BETTER, and game played fantastically with the new PS4
    controller.

    • Dakan45

      Hooray the troll made an acount.

    • Not a sony fanboy

      Hooray if pc is soooooooooo better you don’t even need to tell these people that it’s better. If you need to put mutliple comments saying pc is better. That means your losing and your trying to find facts. And by doing that your advertising that the pc is better. Even though it’s not.

      DAKAN45 ADVERTISING MUCH?

    • Dakan45

      I made one comment, some sony fanboy gone around to convince everyone that killzone 4 plays so awesoem with duallshock 4. Which is pure advertizing, console gamesr are oblivious to pc, its like trying to convince mac/iphone user to give windows/samsung a chance.

    • Dakan45

      ” and game played fantastically with the new PS4
      controller.”

      SONY ADVERTISING MUCH?

      Played both, killzone shadowfall doesnt look as good as crysisis 3 and plays like a typical old gen cover based shooter.

    • matt

      Best advice is to ignore him, No one will listen to him anyway, he thinks he knows all but we all know he is upset because the poor dumb bastard order a Xbox one. Plus he has no support on his claim so ignore and let his smelly asshole keep talking.

  • unclesam

    Don’t listen to the horrible little PC troll “Dakan45″, I’ve played Crysis 3
    on a high end PC and saw Killzone running in the flesh on a PS4 at PAX.
    Killzone looked BETTER, and game played fantastically with the new PS4
    controller.

    • Dakan45

      ” and game played fantastically with the new PS4
      controller.”

      SONY ADVERTISING MUCH?

      Played both, killzone shadowfall doesnt look as good as crysisis 3 and plays like a typical old gen cover based shooter.

      Continue being a sony advertizer.

    • unclesam

      You are lying about playing both, you never went to PAX, you never mentioned in your trolling articles previoulsy.

    • Dakan45

      How the hell do you know wherever i gone to pax or not? How do you know wherever i have played the game or not, or better yet why should i believe that you have played the game?

      Sony advertizing much kiddo?

      YOU HAVENT PLAYED IT, stop lying also you may THINK it looks better than crysis on pc, but everyone who has a “high end pc” knows thats not true, there are sites who have compared both games you know.

    • mastercrap

      Apparently he knows everything.

      He posts with CAPITAL LETTERS and apparently ps4 is awesome and the “new” controler caleld “dualshock4″ is awesome. I got to agree with you, these console fanboys are trully “consoletards” as you call them.

    • Dakan45

      I have dealth with his kind before, annoying consoletards who think pc is filled with hackers and its too expensive and dead and consoles outperfom pc 200% of the time because of magical optimization

    • guest

      DAKAN45 IS LYING PC TROLL

    • Dakan45

      UNCLESAM IS A LYING TROLL

      “PC IS FILLED WITH HACKERS AND AIMBOTS THAT RUIN MY PC EXPERIANCE” TROLOLOLOLOL

      CLASS 1 TROLLING RIGHT THERE KID. NOW STFU

  • unclesam

    Don’t listen to the horrible little PC troll “Dakan45″, I’ve played Crysis 3 on a high end PC and saw Killzone running in the flesh on a PS4 at PAX. Killzone looked BETTER, and game played fantastically with the new PS4 controller.

    • john

      Kid i am reporting all your comments

    • mastercrap

      Me too, he is so fucking annoying

    • unclesam

      How many accounts you got “Dakan45″, posting as diffrent ppl, so pathetic.

    • mastercrap

      Kid, i am not Dakan45, now if you think that, thats sad for you, but if everyone here is angry at you, MAYBE you are really that fucking annoying?

      The pathetic one here is you, you have filled the page with messages from guest posts to somehow convince us who we should listen to who we should not listen over the internet.

      We have our own minds, i own a ps3 and a pc, i have been reading dakan messages for 2 years now and while he is not right on everything, he usuallly is and presents evidence, the console fanboys like you on the other hand who are not older than 14 years old (or atleast i would like to hope so) are not presenting any facts but missconceptions. So i find hard to believe console fanboys who think pc is super expensive and have to upgrade every year and pc is filled with hackers, if pc was REALLY fileld with hackers, how would alll those mp focused games would still make money on pc? Think about it.

  • guest

    DAKAN45 IS LYING PC TROLL.

    • mastercrap

      Big fucking letters make your post so true.

      Please get a ife kiddo and stop posting, you filled up the whole page with Bulilshit.

      Dakan45 has made alot of points some were right, some were wrong, I have been reading his posts for 2 years.

      Typical clueless console kids like you are easilly spotted out thanks to the fact you talk trash like “pc is dead” “pc is too expensive and requires updates every year” and “pc is filled with piracy and hackers”

      So please STFU and go back to ignorantland you came from. Unless you wanna actually present evidence and statistics to prove your point.

    • unclesam

      DAKAN45 AND MASTERCRAP = SAME PC TROLL

      PC GAMING IS EXPENSIVE HASSLE, constant hassle of hardware upgrades ($400 for the latest graphics cards), configuration updates, windows driver updates, and the worst part of it are the cheaters, hackers, mods and aimbots that kill all the enjoyment on any multiplayer PC game.

    • mastercrap

      We are not the same troll, YOU are the troll here kid.

      Constant hasle of hardware updates? I have my pc from 2009, i am still playing games very well and plan on an upgrade on my videocard that will last me for 4 more years.

      Windows is a fine os, if you got problems, maybe its your experiance.

      “mods”

      Whats wrong with mods? Do you even reallize what mods are?

      Aimbots are easilly patched. Hackers and aimbots are kicked off the server and the game is patched faster than the consoles.

      So what are you talkin about? You seem to have missconceptions about pc and beeing completle clueless to it, as if you are not a pc gamer but a console gamer and a troll.

    • unclesam

      SAME PATHETIC PC TROLL

    • mastercrap

      Believe as you wish, but i am done with you, dont reply to me again, i have more important things to do than trying to reason with a 14 year old boy.

    • john

      The kid doesn’t shut up, i dont care what dakan says, i dont even care what dakan says, this is the first time i have seen him in a post but this kid is getting on everyone nerves

    • Dakan45

      Yup, i dont think he reallizes that even if everyone here dissagreed with me, still people would thumb down his comments instead of mine
      because of how he floods the page with his bitching.

  • guest

    NO $350 PC IS GOING TO EVEN CLOSE TO THE POWER OF A $350 PS4 (I have
    taken out the $50 for the Dualshock 4) – FACT. INFACT YOU ARE GOING TO
    HAVE TO SPEND CLOSER TO $1000 TO BUY EQUIVALENT GAMING PC WITH THE POWER
    OF THE PS4.

    • Dakan45

      Listen faggot i got tired of your shit.

      You said you were on pax.

      HOW when you posted that message in that other site, pax was still on.

      So you DIDNT go on pax. You were TROLLING and LYING.

      By saying “350$ pc” and “dualshock” you prove that you are a sony fanboy or even an employe.

      Pc gamers upgrade their pcs, you DONT HAVE to have to buy a 350$ pc. You can just use that money to ugprade your old pc and beat the perfomance of ps4.

      This is nothing new, when oblivion came in x360 it had better graphics on pc than x360 despite x360 being “next gen”

      Hackers are kicked off the server and banned on pc.

      PERIOD

      By keep repeatign these crap it seems you are determined to convince yourself than anyone else, so please STOP TROLLING about “TEH AIMBOTS RUNING MY ENJOYMENT OF ANY PC GAME” and “TEH PS4 IS 350$ AND YOU CANT MAKE A 350$ THAT BEATS THE PS4″ becasue you are too stupid to UPGRADE YOUR OLD RIG AND BEAT NEXT GEN CONSOLES LIKE PEOPLE DID IN 2007 AND WERE ABLE TO PWN CONSOLES WITH CRYSIS.

      That is my last message, continue your rambling you pahetic troll.

      Ps all your messages are reported.

  • guest

    PC GAMING IS EXPENSIVE HASSLE, constant hassle of hardware upgrades
    ($400 for the latest graphics cards), configuration updates, windows
    driver updates, and the worst part of it are the cheaters, hackers, mods
    and aimbots that kill all the enjoyment on any multiplayer PC game.

    • Bran

      No not really. There is a huge misconception about the price of PC gaming and how much of a hassle it is.

      Price wise, you would be amazed at what 500-600 bucks will get you. Granted a PS4/XB1 is cheaper initially, but not by much. You factor in peripherals, higher average game prices, paying for online play (which by the end of the consoles life you will have spent several hundred dollars on, which personally I would rather buy a new GPU every few years then pay to use the internet that I already pay for) it really starts to even out quick.

      As far as upgrading goes, there is a difference between a need to upgrade and a want to upgrade and in most cases it is the later. My last upgrade was definitely a want not a need, I could have gone another 2+ years before ‘needing’ to upgrade.

      As for mods, I think you are confusing them with hacks. Mods are a great feature that can add new life to games. Mods are amazing. You should visit ModDB sometime, and look at some of the amazing mods that exist, its one of the main reasons PC is my preferred platform.

      Finally driver updates have gotten to the point where (for Nvidia anyway i’m not sure about AMD) they are completely automated. Update ‘hassal’ is a thing of the past, and really a non issue these days.

      I have no problems with people gaming on consoles, infact I do it myself. I play on all platforms (other then Nintendo/wii) because I feel it gives me the best possible gaming experience that way. Its all just preference and at the end of the day you should game on the platform that you prefer. But don’t go spreading misconceptions about PC.

  • Guest

    ps4 and pc, diffrences? The ps4 has better graphics and pc games. The pc has pre ps4 graphics and pc games (obviously).

    Anyway this is pointless, If anything the old gen consoles are better than pc. (n64 ,ps1,gc,ps2,xbox)

  • Guest

    I see a lot of rage from these pc kiddys. I’ve seen better pc players than you. And that’s a fact.

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