Planetside players not updating

21 Mar

Even with your active camouflage, a sniper rifle isn't much good when you're moving onto the front lines, so you refit yourself with a jetpack and scale the wall yourself clearing a path straight through to the enemy control console with your trusty carbine and guard it with your life.

As a friendly soldier hacks into an enemy vehicle terminal for you, you hop into a Lightning tank, equipped with a flak turret to ward off the inbound enemy gunships coming to bombard the courtyard of your newly occupied, but not yet owned, base.

Higby said the development team has added compatibility for the eye-catching device, but right now, with the consumer version of OC without a release window, this functionality may not come to market."We have it implemented at work and we've used it - it's actually pretty amazing to be flying around a big-ass battle in Planetside and looking around like this in your cockpit," Higby said.

Planet Side 2 is a revolutionary free-to-play, massive scale first-person shooter where soldiers battle as one in strategic, targeted missions against enemy empires in an all-out planetary war.

"It's not like Sony coming down and saying, 'Hey guys, use the light bar in the game.' It's all of us being excited about it as a new thing.

If you're a game designer, you're always looking at what tools the players have available, and what cool stuff you can do with it."When you get some new piece of hardware, our eyes light up too...

Rather, it's the result of a drive from the developers and an expectation from players."It's pressure not necessarily from Sony, it's pressure from us and from the players," Higby said.

"When a new console comes out and it's these five new kick-ass features, players want games that take advantage of that kind of stuff, so that they can see what it is.

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Fearing the inevitable, you bail from your tank and take flight just out of reach of the tank's eager cannon, your jetpack sputtering a mocking laugh as you drop C4 onto the tank's outer plating.

'Alright, cool, what stuff can we do with this now?

' It's pressure, but it's not like mandated pressure, it's more of just all of us being excited about the possibilities."Elsewhere, Higby said there may be a port of the companion i OS and Android Planetside 2 app for the Vita, but Vita-specific functionality is yet to be decided upon."Well, the main thing that we're doing is just the linked play so you can actually play on your Vita," Higby said.

In an interview with Eurogamer at the SOE Live event in Las Vegas, Matt Higby, creative director of Planetside 2, said all PC content patches will appear on the PS4, but with a slight delay for approval - and it's this delay that means cross-platform play isn't possible."Because of the update cadence, and the additional steps you have to go through to be able to release an update on the Play Station network, we're not going to be able to keep our servers in sync, so you won't be able to just play with the same people," Higby explained."They might be a week behind in terms of patching, or a day behind or whatever it ends up being, and we can't really have that."But we're also talking about having character portability, so a PC character, you could transfer it to Play Station 4, and then back.

The character format's the same on both, it's just purely a matter of the server updates." Sony announced the PS4 version of Planetside 2 at E3 in June, but it has yet to confirm a release date.