Planetside Next wasn’t always Planetside 2, as it turns out. Sony’s initial plans were to turn the original Planetside into a free-to-play title, complete with freshened up visuals, carrying the Planetside Next name.
As SOE president John Smedley explained at the Planetside 2 community panel at Fan Faire however, the developers got a bit carried away with the project’s potential. And so, Sony swung for an all-new game engine and the Planetside 2 we know today was born. What business model it’ll follow is still up in the air though, so it may well take the F2P route as planned. News on that are expected “in the months ahead.”
Planetside 2 was officially revealed last week. Catch the first trailer and screenshots here and here.