PlanetSide 2 Update Brings New Vehicle, New Weapons, Character
Game Update 08 hit PlanetSide 2 today, bringing an all-new vehicle, new MAX updates in the form of weapons and helmets, balance and tuning changes, helmets for non-MAX players, UI changes, and bug fixes.
The Harasser – the all-new, three-man assault buggy – allows players to move across the battlefield at a high-speed, with each player seated in a direct role. There’s even a 360-degree mountable turret on the top and a rumble seat for carrying additional soldiers, even the MAX robot suit.
New MAX weapons include the Vortex VM21, MR1 Fracture, and NCM3 Raven. Each is used for a variety of different conditions and are designed to compliment the existing MAX-AV weapons.
Both MAX and non-MAX classes are getting additional helmets, with MAX receiving two sets and a set of armor, while non-MAX only gets one.
No new MAX abilities arrive in game update 08, but creative director Matthew Higby says they’re coming soon and just need “a bit more time to make sure they are properly tuned.”
UI updates include the ability to separate the customized colors for players and facilities, as well as capture progress bars now animating to make it easier to see whether it’s being captured or secured.
There are a load of balancing and tuning changes mostly revolving around separate classes and keeping them in check, too, so that players will want to use them. Tank armor has been beefed up, allowing them to last longer against normal infantry. Meanwhile, weapons specifically designed to take down tank armor received a power boost to compensate.
This only scratches the surface of changes in Game Update 08, which SOE claims is the “biggest game update since launch.” Check out Higby’s dev blog for a more detailed breakdown of what’s inside.
Alex Rubens is a freelance writer based in Seattle who spends too much time talking about Star Wars and The Fast and The Furious. Talk to him about it on Twitter at @alexrubens.
By Alex Rubens