In a recent interview it has been confirmed that PlanetSide 2 will have certain “free” aspects about it and that the cash shop will play a pretty big role in the way microtransactions are handled. However, if you’re hoping to out-pay the competition to get stronger, you might want to find another game to play.
PlanetSide Universe put up a Q&A they had with SOE CEO, John Smedley, at the Fan Faire 2011 event. Smedley had some interesting things to say in regards to the cash shop for the upcoming PlanetSide 2…
There will be a cash shop for the game however the goal is not to sell power. For example we would sell things like customization because we would like there to be a massive amount of ways to customize your characters. So people could recognize you or your outfit out of a group. We will not sell a more powerful gun or vehicle.Well that’s a relief. It also means that gamers will actually have to work for the good stuff. I do, however, like the idea of paying for some extra customization goodies from out of the cash shop…it never hurts to pay to look like a pimp.
If SOE plays their cards right then they could come out on top of the three-way tangle between FireFall, Tribes: Ascend and PlanetSide 2. The game is basically being designed as an open-world free-for-all with territory control and resource management hanging in the balance.
Not too long ago Sony Online Entertainment announced that PlanetSide 2 was on the way and that it would be bigger and better this time around with persistence, vehicle customization, revamped mission system and free-form class evolution.
You can check out the full, albeit brief, interview with John Smedley over at the Official PlanetSide Universe Website.