Sony Online Entertainment: Halloween Events Abound

We've already heard about the Halloween event kickoffs for both the EverQuest and EverQuest II Nights of the Dead, but what's haunting SOE's other four games?

SOE Releases New PlanetSide 2 & DCUO Updates

Sony Online Entertainment is having a content-packed week with the latest two releases of DC Universe Online's DLC, Halls of Power Part One, and PlanetSide 2's new prestige achievement-styled system, Directives.

PlanetSide 2: The Battle For Hossin

Last week, Sony Online Entertainment released its newest PlanetSide 2 map: Hossin. A massive, swampy continent enables the ongoing war between the New Conglomerate, Terran Republic and Vanu Sovereignty to wage on. New features such as Continent Locking, Outfit Recruiting and more enhance the battle in Auraxis.

We joined Creative Director Matt Higby and Lead Designer Luke Sigmund earlier today for a detailed look at Hossin!

E3 2014: Trailer Mash-Up #2

E3 is just around the corner and we have another collection of trailers to share! Games include: Battlefield: Hardline, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, LEGO Ninjago: Nindroids, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, PlanetSide 2 (PS4 Edition), two Sony PlayStation hype/app trailers, and Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call. A teaser pic for Mirror's Edge 2 went up on its Facebook page earlier today, and you can find that below as well!

One Subscription to Rule Them All: SOE All Access

SOE All Access (the artist formerly known as Station Access) has been re-re-released, this time as the company standard. Abolishing separate subscription models, All Access offers membership to most of Sony Online Entertainment's titles. Like before, current subscribers can enjoy full membership benefits on EverQuest, EverQuest II, DC Universe Online (PC) and PlanetSide 2 (PC), while Landmark, H1Z1 and Dragon's Prophet are slated as "coming soon" to the fold.

All Access team lead, Mark Tuttle, recently posted reasons why he thinks "All Access is Awesome" over on the official forums. Short version:

  • Subscription is $14.99/mo (less with multi-month plans), same as a single game cost before
  • 500SC/month is now redeemed on welcome screens (or in the SC store for EQ)
  • 10% off Marketplace purchases; members may receive special promos so opt-in to emails

Now through May 11th you can upgrade to a reduced one-year subscription: the first year is $99 (charged instantly with one year time added right away), then the next time you renew, the one-year rate returns to its normal $119.88. Check out the full All Access FAQ for detailed information.

World Domination Series Preseason 2 Challenges

PlanetSide 2's World Domination Series Preseason 2 Challenges are underway, running through February 28, 2014.

Returning with all guns blazing, PlanetSide 2 and Sony Online Entertainment are happy to announce the launch of the World Domination Series (WDS) Preseason 2 Challenge Event. WDS Preseason 2 is now open for battle for its first week of Empire-on-Empire ranked combat. Each Empire will vie against each other through massive warfare and worldwide challenges, where the best of the best will receive bonuses, certs and most of all -- WORLD DOMINATION bragging rights for their Empire.

PlanetSide 2 Takes a Look Back at 2013

Boasting more than 6 million players worldwide, PlanetSide 2 proved to be epic in 2013. Sony Online Entertainment is showcasing just how massive the last year was through an all-new video produced by Robert Stoneman, a Cinematic Designer for the film and video games industry.

As you'll see, the video showcases the intensity of the battles and sense of camaraderie among soldiers during the Auraxian War.

PlanetSide 2 Celebrates One Year Anniversary

One year ago today, Sony Online Entertainment launched its critically acclaimed free-to-play massively multiplayer online first-person shooter, PlanetSide 2. Since then, more than 6 million players worldwide have enlisted to join one of the three Empires -- Terran Republic, Vanu Sovereignty or New Conglomerate -- to take part in the epic battles that span the planet of Auraxis. 

PlanetSide 2 Pre-Season in the Books

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SOE's massive online shooter PlanetSide 2 just concluded its first-ever pre-season for its new "World Domination Series", or WDS for short. The Vanu Sovereignty came out on top over the New Conglomerate and Terran Republic in what was a hotly contested first round of competition.

Behind-the-Scenes with the PlanetSide 2 Devs


Today we've got a behind-the-scenes look at how Sony Online Entertainment approaches game optimization for the MMOFPS PlanetSide 2. In the first part of this cheeky video series "Operation: Make Faster Game!", members of the team discuss specifics of what they're working on. For instance, someone mentions that "input processing on the HUD" is causing a delay of 0.3/0.4 milliseconds.