Even though we haven’t seen screenshot one from the nebulous Planetside Next, Sony Online Entertainment President John Smeldey promises that it’s in the works and coming very soon.
“We’ve announced publicly that the game is in development, it’s a game that’s codenamed PlanetSide Next,” Smeldey told Eurogamer, “and we haven’t announced a release date for it but you can expect it… We’re looking at late first-quarter, early second-quarter .”
That’s close. Very close. Sony might not be hyping it because they’re gunning for the free-to-play market, and marketing for that group is a very different animal. Game ruled in 2002 though, so logic dictates it will still rule now. Nostalgia is the biggest rock in the rock-paper-scissors of life.
Deep stuff man.
Smeldey also provided updates on some other online Sony properties. The Agency, a spy-themed shooter MMO, is still planned for the second half of 2011.
“We’re not giving out a specific date yet because we don’t know it,” Smeldey wisely said. “One thing that we’ve learned over our company’s history is that it takes time to make great games. And we’re not trying to make cookie-cutter MMOs. There’s some stuff coming out in the next two or three months, MMO-wise, and a lot of it is generic copycats of other games. That’s not what we want to do. We want to make new experiences for people. So The Agency is a new kind of MMO so we want to make sure it’s as good as it can be.”
Smeldey even dished on the PS3 incarnation of the amazingly successful PC MMO Free Realms.
“If I was a betting man, I’m betting sometime early February it gets launched on the PS3 in SCEA,” Smeldey said. “And probably, and this is a guess, sometime in March for SCEE. And that will use a free-to-play business model on PS3.”
Lots of cool stuff from Sony coming up – and this is in addition to the recently-released DC Universe Online. Those guys are putting in some hours at the office, god damn.