Sony Online Entertainment has implemented Game Update 8 for their PC MMO shooter PlanetSide 2. The patch brings some new toys for players who like to suit up in Mechanized Assault Exo-Suits, or MAXs.
SOE has added three new MAX weapons to the game, each for a different empire. Vanu players will get access to the Vortex VM21, a beam weapon that can punch through vehicles. The New Conglomerate's NCM3 Raven and Terran Republic's MR1 Fracture are long-range anti-vehicle weapons as well. They're intended to compliment the existing anti-vehicle weapons for MAX players that function better at close range.
MAX players will be able to ride into battle on the Harasser, a new assault buggy. This three-seat vehicle sports a 360-degree turret on top. Its rumble seat can fit any class. By putting a MAX in that seat, you're effectively adding another turret to the vehicle.
Many smaller changes are included in the patch as well. Non-MAX classes will have access to three new helmets. Many of the infantry weapons in the game have been rebalanced as well so that players have to rely on different guns in different situations.
Pictures of the new helmets and weapons are below. You can read more about the patch at the PlanetSide 2 forums.