Waterson and Mattherson, the only two US east coast servers for the MMOFPS Planetside 2
, are merging this month. On hearing the news, players from each server began talking smack, smack that quickly escalated to a call for a Server Smash, a 240 vs 240 campaign lasting 2 hours on one of the Planetside continents, to decide the surviving server name.
The devs responded
The MergerSmash will begin June 20th, tomorrow night, at 8:00 pm, EDT. In addition to the main Server Smash
stream there will be several individuals streaming their deployments and positions in one of the many
platoons present and fighting for the Waterson name (and the individual streams may not be work safe). Complete details of the event were released last week
with several very contentious meetings taking place. Some people on both Waterson
attempted to limit attendance to only the best guilds (outfits) each server had for what was ostensibly a community event and certainly for an event that would decide the name for all players, not just the most skilled. The drama was dealt with, each server assembled their (inclusive) roster, and are still scrambling to make last minute preparations happen in game.
The general mood is one of apprehension and extreme hype.
Have no idea what Planetside 2 is? Well, this completely-lacking-in-game-play trailer SOE put together sure isn't going to tell you
, cool as it might be. This collection of player perspectives offers a much better idea of what goes on in game.
, the game is set on a planet far from earth, with the exiles from this wonderful blue marble split into three factions and fighting a war on primarily ideological grounds. In game the combined force of air, armor, and infantry push to capture one of three
(soon to be four
) continents in game. The eventual goal is to the opposing factions out of each continent. The end goal, for the devs at least, is for eternal war.
Enjoy air combat? The three empire specific fighters
join the common pool Liberator
gunship and the Galaxy troop transport
in the current roster of air vehicles available. Soon to arrive: the Valkyrie light gunship.
Tanker? Three empire specific main
battle tanks, a light utility tank
, a gun bus
, an armored buggy
, and a cloakable ATV (UT sound effects not included)
round out the current options with a universal heavy tank
to arrive sometime this summer.
A member of the Poor Bloody Infantry?
Five main classes and a deployable armored suit are available to all with empire specific and shared weaponry for each class.
Do you like hats? You might not want to play this game. This game has many hats and hat-like cosmetics. Many hats that are mostly $10 a piece. You have been forewarned.
Do you like free? This game is also completely free. You can pay for a monthly membership for a 50% XP gain boost (amongst other things) but the game does a very
good job of avoiding the pay-to-win pitfall. The starter Sovereignty light machine gun is considered the best in the game, as an example.
Do you like helping hands? Maybe wait for a week. There is currently no way to select an outfit or platoon based on how friendly to new players it is, though that will change next Friday.
What are we, the players, expecting in the next few years? Big things.