PlanetSide 2 Escalation update scheduled for March 11
The Escalation update for PlanetSide 2 which was delayed a couple of times for further testing, polish and bug fixing has now been given a scheduled release date of March 11.
The huge outfit-focused update adds new resources for outfits to gain through base captures which can be spent to craft War Assets including the mighty Bastion fleet carrier, a new cross-faction social hub called Sanctuary, and monthly Outfit Wars.
In a new Producer's Letter from Executive Producer Andy Sites thanks players for their patience and support in testing the update.
As you know, this will be one of the biggest PlanetSide 2 updates we’ve done since launch back in 2012. Not only do we feel an obligation to live up to the immense level of hype surrounding Escalation, but as the newly formed Rogue Planet Games studio, we want to set the tone in terms of quality for all future updates. Which is why we have been MUCH more aggressive playtesting this update on the Public Test Server (PTS) than you may have been accustomed to in the past.
That being said, with any update for a game of this scale, it’s practically impossible to catch every bug, or perfectly tune gameplay on a Test environment. There are just too many variables that cannot be accounted for until the update hits Live. But we believe the extra time we’ve taken, along with the amazing level of community support and feedback in our playtests, has created a much stronger foundation for this update that will allow us to immediately shift our focus to finetuning/balancing, rather than scrambling to hotfix critical issues. The past couple of playtests have given us the confidence to announce a new launch date of Wednesday, March 11.
The letter also teases that this update is just the beginning of what is planned for PlanetSide 2 in 2020 and that a new dev livestream will be scheduled for late March/early April to unveil the details of the next update.
The NA East Coast server, Emerald, will also be getting a much anticipated hardware and software upgrade on March 18, the other regions received upgrades a few weeks ago. The EU servers, Miller and Cobalt, will also be physically moving locations to a new data center which will require a 12 hour downtime prior to the game update on March 11.
The topic of "leaderless Outfits" is also addressed since Escalation is so heavily focused on Outfits. Players who are in Outfits with inactive leaders will be able to submit a ticket for leadership to be reassigned.
If the Outfit leader has been inactive (not logged into PS2) in the past 180 days (6 months), CS will assign Outfit leadership to the next highest ranking recently active Outfit member with the longest service in the Outfit.
To ensure past Outfit leaders have an opportunity to return post-update within a reasonable amount of time, all Outfit leaders that have their leadership reassigned due to inactivity will have 30 days from March 11 to return and submit a Customer Service ticket to regain their “Leader” ranking.
You can read the full letter on the official site.
🚨 ANNOUNCEMENT 🚨— PlanetSide 2 (@planetside2) March 5, 2020
Soldiers, Escalation will deploy on Wednesday, March 11!
Outfit Wars, War Assets, Sanctuary, and the mighty Bastion are all incoming with this massive update. 🌏🔜🌑
EP @AndySites shares all the intel in his latest Producer's Letter: https://t.co/qRcBHv4ql7 pic.twitter.com/9UatI8vBHn