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PlanetSide Arena was a massively multiplayer online first-person shooter developed by Daybreak Game Company. A spin-off of PlanetSide 2, the game supported over 1,000 players per match and featured match-based capture the flag, team deathmatch, and battle royale game modes.[1]

PlanetSide Arena was released for Early Access on Steam for Microsoft Windows on September 19, 2019.[2] It was shut down on January 10, 2020, due to low player counts.[3][4]

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Daybreak Game Company

Daybreak Game Company

Daybreak Game Company LLC is an American video game developer based in San Diego. The company was founded in December 1997 as Sony Online Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment, but was spun off to an independent investor in February 2015 and renamed Daybreak Game Company. On December 1, 2020, Daybreak Game Company entered into an agreement to be acquired by Enad Global 7.

PlanetSide 2

PlanetSide 2

PlanetSide 2 is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online first-person shooter developed by Rogue Planet Games and published by Daybreak Game Company. The game supports battles with thousands of players and incorporates modern first-person shooter mechanics. Six different infantry classes and over 18 ground and air vehicles are available to players and interact on the battlefield to simulate combined arms warfare. As a re-imagining of PlanetSide, PlanetSide 2 chronicles the efforts of three factions fighting for territorial control of the planet Auraxis.

Capture the flag

Capture the flag

Capture the flag (CTF) is a traditional outdoor sport where two or more teams each have a flag and the objective is to capture the other team's flag, located at the team's "base", and bring it safely back to their own base. Enemy players can be "tagged" by players in their home territory and, depending on the rules, they may be out of the game, become members of the opposite team, sent back to their own territory, or frozen in place until freed by a member of their own team.

Battle royale game

Battle royale game

A battle royale game is an online multiplayer video game genre that blends last-man-standing gameplay with the survival, exploration and scavenging elements of a survival game. Battle royale games involve dozens to hundreds of players, who start with minimal equipment and then must eliminate all other opponents while avoiding being trapped outside of a shrinking "safe area", with the winner being the last player or team alive.

Microsoft Windows

Microsoft Windows

Windows is a group of several proprietary graphical operating system families developed and marketed by Microsoft. Each family caters to a certain sector of the computing industry. For example, Windows NT for consumers, Windows Server for servers, and Windows IoT for embedded systems. Defunct Windows families include Windows 9x, Windows Mobile, and Windows Phone.

Gameplay

PlanetSide Arena features many of the same weapons, environments, game mechanics and vehicles present in PlanetSide 2, taking place on the continent Amerish years after the original conflict on the planet Auraxis has ended.[5] Multiple game modes, including conquest, capture the flag, team deathmatch, and battle royale are played on a single a 8km by 8km map.[1] Like PlanetSide 2, players can pick between classes, although this has been reduced to just three from the original game's six; all classes have unique abilities and access to a jetpack. Players could also play in third-person perspective in some game modes.[6] Players can pick up and use weapons that are scattered around the map after deploying onto the battlefield, or have access to them at the start of the round via a loot box system.[1]

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Capture the flag

Capture the flag

Capture the flag (CTF) is a traditional outdoor sport where two or more teams each have a flag and the objective is to capture the other team's flag, located at the team's "base", and bring it safely back to their own base. Enemy players can be "tagged" by players in their home territory and, depending on the rules, they may be out of the game, become members of the opposite team, sent back to their own territory, or frozen in place until freed by a member of their own team.

Battle royale game

Battle royale game

A battle royale game is an online multiplayer video game genre that blends last-man-standing gameplay with the survival, exploration and scavenging elements of a survival game. Battle royale games involve dozens to hundreds of players, who start with minimal equipment and then must eliminate all other opponents while avoiding being trapped outside of a shrinking "safe area", with the winner being the last player or team alive.

Loot box

Loot box

In video games, a loot box is a consumable virtual item which can be redeemed to receive a randomised selection of further virtual items, or loot, ranging from simple customization options for a player's avatar or character to game-changing equipment such as weapons and armor. A loot box is typically a form of monetisation, with players either buying the boxes directly or receiving the boxes during play and later buying "keys" with which to redeem them. These systems may also be known as gacha and integrated into gacha games.

History

PlanetSide Arena was initially announced by Daybreak Game Company on December 13, 2018.[1] The game was initially planned to launch on Steam on January 29, 2019, and would not be free-to-play. It would also feature a battle pass system along with other microtransactions.

PlanetSide Arena was delayed multiple times before its release, missing its initial release date.[7] It was released on September 19, 2019, in Early Access on Steam. The game relied on a microtransaction business model where players could purchase loot boxes to obtain cosmetics and in-game items.

On January 10, 2020, the PlanetSide Arena servers were taken down, and all in-game purchases were refunded.[8] Consistently low player counts, caused by competition from other games in the genre like Apex Legends and general dissatisfaction with the game from PlanetSide 2 players, made playing viable matches impossible. Near the end of the game's lifespan, less than 20 players were concurrently online at any given time.[9]

Many of the assets and graphical improvements to PlanetSide Arena were later incorporated into PlanetSide 2, including an upgrade to the ForgeLight engine to support DirectX 11.[10]

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Free-to-play

Free-to-play

Free-to-play video games are games that give players access to a significant portion of their content without paying or do not require paying to continue playing. Free-to-play is distinct from traditional commercial software, which requires a payment before using the game or service. It is also separate from freeware games, which are entirely costless. Free-to-play's model is sometimes derisively referred to as free-to-start due to not being entirely free. Free to play games have also been widely criticized as “pay-to-win”— that is, that players can generally pay to obtain competitive or power advantages over other players.

Battle pass

Battle pass

In the video game industry, a battle pass is a type of monetization approach that provides additional content for a game usually through a tiered system, rewarding the player with in-game items for playing the game and completing specific challenges. Inspired by the season pass ticketing system and originating with Dota 2 in 2013, the battle pass model gained more use as an alternative to subscription fees and loot boxes beginning in the late 2010s. Battle passes tend to offer free passes, which are available to all users, and a premium pass that require annual or seasonal charges in exchange for enhanced items and cosmetics.

Microtransaction

Microtransaction

Microtransactions, often abbreviated as mtx, are a business model where users can purchase virtual goods with micropayments. Microtransactions are often used in free-to-play games to provide a revenue source for the developers. While microtransactions are a staple of the mobile app market, they are also seen on PC software such as Valve's Steam digital distribution platform, as well as console gaming.

Apex Legends

Apex Legends

Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale-hero shooter game developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts. It was released for PlayStation 4, Windows, and Xbox One in February 2019, for Nintendo Switch in March 2021, and for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S in March 2022. A mobile version of the game designed for touchscreens titled Apex Legends Mobile was released in May 2022 on Android and iOS. The game supports cross-platform play, excluding the aforementioned mobile platforms.

Source: "PlanetSide Arena", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, January 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PlanetSide_Arena.

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References
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  2. ^ December 2019, Vikki Blake 14 (14 December 2019). "Just 3 months after it launched in Early Access, PlanetSide Arena is closing down". Gamesradar. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  3. ^ Good, Owen S. (14 December 2019). "PlanetSide Arena shuts down after a short, troubled life". Polygon. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  4. ^ McGuire, Keegan (8 January 2020). "What Happened To PlanetSide's Battle Royale?". Looper.com. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  5. ^ "Planetside Arena dev shows off Echoes of Amerish map". www.altchar.com. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  6. ^ Palumbo, Alessio (13 September 2019). "PlanetSide Arena Interview - Devs on What Makes It Unique, Adding Story Progression & Third Person; Cross-Play Planned". Wccftech. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  7. ^ Wilde, Tyler (16 February 2019). "PlanetSide Arena delayed again, pre-orders refunded". PC Gamer. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  8. ^ Good, Owen S. (14 December 2019). "PlanetSide Arena shuts down after a short, troubled life". Polygon. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  9. ^ "PlanetSide Arena is Dead: Prepare For PlanetSide 3". ScreenRant. 13 November 2019. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  10. ^ Hall, Charlie (18 February 2020). "PlanetSide 2 is getting a big update as developer tries to build interest in a sequel". Polygon. Retrieved 7 September 2021.

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