Don’t get lost in PlanetSide 2

You’ll be doing some traveling in the upcoming PlanetSide 2; each continent of the SOE MMO boasts an environment eight by eight kilometers in size, according to creative director Matt Higby.

“We have enormous, enormous gameplay space,” he’s told PC Gamer.

“One of our largest development efforts on this project has been hand crafting every single area of those eight-by-eight kilometre continents.”

It’s not yet clear how many continents there are, though a single courtyard said to be similar in size to a Modern Warfare level gives an idea of the scale of gameplay possible. Higby explains: “You’re going to be fighting in battles sometimes when it’s 200 people fighting against 30 people because there’s only 30 people defending that base and then suddenly 200 people log in from the other group and go do it.

“If you use the right tactics and you do things the right way you can still have fun and enjoy yourself as a group of 20 people defending against an onslaught, but that’s something we have to take into account when we do our level design, so we’ve been spending a lot of time whiteboxing bases, figuring out what we want specific areas to look like.”

The game will be following the free-to-play model. No dates yet, though it’s expected sometime next year.