Sony Online Entertainment’s “Planetside 2” is set to launch sometime this year for the PlayStation 4, and development is going well, according to the game’s senior art director Tramell Isaac. Isaac also believes the game will be ready within six months.
It was confirmed the game will run at 60 frames per second in early June at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. During the event, Sony told us “Planetside 2” will be similar to its original version, but more visually enhanced.
Isaac, who also worked on 2003’s “Planetside” and 2011’s “Duke Nukem Forever”, is confident we’ll be seeing “Planetside 2” reach the PlayStation 4 by the end of 2014.
“There are a few things we have to work out still. One of the good things about having a live product being taken to the PS4 is that we have fewer things to focus on,” Isaac told IBTimes on Monday. “The code, graphics, and servers are working just fine. We are mainly focused on UI and controller schemes, that’s about it. We are in a good spot. You should see PS2 on PS4 within the next 6 months.”
How will the game’s enhancements and ability to run at 60 frames per second add to the gameplay experience of “Planetside 2” on the PlayStation 4?
“When you’re developing a shooter, fps is king,” Isaac told us. “Working with a console is much easier because you have a consistent platform that you know will be the same in every household. Knowing that everyone will have basically the same experience is an improvement over the PC version for sure.”
Still, Isaac emphasized that “Planetside 2” on the PS4 will be a similar but better version of its PC counterpart.
“The only difference between the PC and the PS4 will be the controller set up. I’m looking forward to getting all the extra controller features hooked up and into the hands of the players,” he said.
Though “Planetside 2’s” PS4 version was originally scheduled for a release date of early 2014, Isaac assured us the Sony team is working hard to ensure the game's prompt release.
“Time is never on our side, so picking and choosing the ‘right’ feature to add to the game is always something we have to be conscience of,” he said.
“Planetside 2” features open-world, large-scale battles of up to 2,000 players. There are six player classes in the game: the Infiltrator, Light Assault, Combat Medic, Engineer, Heavy Assault and MAX. The PS4 version already has three continents and one battle island completed. Three more continents are expected sometime this year.
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