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Planetside 2 character classes detailed, levelling system "similar to Eve Online"

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Straddling the fence between MMO and online shooter can’t be easy, especially when it comes to character classes. We've spoken to Planetside 2 creative director Matt Higby about the roles available to each faction, and how SOE have taken steps to ensure that Planetside 2's classes are flexible, and easy to identify at great distance on Planetside 2's vast battlefields. You'll find plenty more information in our six-page Planetside 2 preview in the latest issue of PC Gamer UK.

On top of its three factions - The Vanu Sovereignity, The New Conglomerate and The Terran Republic - there are six character classes each to choose from. “Each faction has specific gameplay implementations that basically make each faction feel like a unique game,” says Higby. “Terran Republic isn’t always going to beat Vanu and New Conglomerate isn’t always going to lose to Vanu, but they have a unique approach that they’re going to have to take to take those guys out.”

Planetside 2 battles to be set on "eight-by-eight kilometre continents"

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Sony Online Entertainment’s upcoming MMO/FPS hybrid Planetside 2 is aiming to shake things up a bit. Taking a Halo-esque approach to its sci-fi universe, it aims to combine the persistent world of an MMO with the visceral, responsive mechanics of a first person shooter. As part of our six page preview in issue 233 of PC Gamer UK, we spoke to Planetside 2's creative director, Matt Higby about the staggering size of the new battlefields.

“We have enormous, enormous gameplay space,” says Higby. Planetside 2’s settings - continents on the planet Auraxis - measure an epic eight kilometres square, with weapons capable of firing a full kilometre in distance. "One of our largest development efforts on this project has been hand crafting every single area of those eight-by-eight kilometre continents," Higby told us. In this vast space, three factions fight it out: The Terran Republic, The New Conglomerate and The Vanu Sovereignty. And those fights can become pretty vast.