This week marks the start of PlanetSide 2 closed beta’s debut on the PlayStation 4 and more details about the massive multiplayer online shooter are coming to light.
Speaking to Executive Producer Clint Worley, GameZone was able to relay some useful information to participants who will be chosen in waves in an effort to “make sure the servers are handling everything OK and that [the studio] getting the information [they] need to make tweaks and changes,” Worley explained.
As for the closed beta’s schedule, Worley says that the “current plan is to have the servers up from 3:00pm to 9:00pm Pacific Standard Time (6:00pm to 12:00am Eastern) on Monday through Thursday. Servers will be up 24 hours over the weekend, starting Friday at 3:00pm PT and ending on Sunday at 9:00pm PT.”
In the beta, participants will get access to one of the games four different continents that will host “a few thousand” players. Two additional continents, along with a tutorial area, will be rolled out as the beta progresses.
According to him, the closed beta’s download is 5GB in size. He was also able to confirm that though the studio was able to achieve a 1080p resolution, as promised, while running at intensive graphical settings, PlanetSide 2 will remain locked at a 30 frames per second frame rate.
“The game itself is pretty intensive, not on the graphical side but more on the CPU side,” Worley explained. “We have no problem running at 1080. The optimization we’ve been doing hasn’t really been on graphics. Most FPS shooters have a 32v32, but we have battles where there are hundreds of players, tracking bullets, explosions, all that stuff. That’s the stuff that’s really intensive on PlanetSide 2. The game looking pretty hasn’t really been our problem. It’s looked great since E3. But we’re locked at 30, 1080, and that’s where we’ll be for launch.”
Other features that the game will support at launch but not during the beta include Outfit management and the PS4’s Share functionality and Remote Play. Button mapping won’t make it in either version.
So, did you get into the PlanetSide 2 closed beta on PS4? If so, what are your first impressions?