SOE Revises Pay-to-Win Plans for Planetside 2 Following Uproar

Developers don’t always make the right decisions, but when they listen to the community, these poor decisions can just as easily be reverted to appease the game’s fanbase. Case in point: Sony Online Entertainment planned to introduce paid-for buffs into Planetside 2.

The decision was met with an uproar from the game’s community on its official forums and on reddit, where users complained about the idea, calling it “scummy”. Some users brought up the fact that the game’s developers had previously promised that such a plan would never happen, and that implementing it would be going back on their word.

“Pay to win is the surefire way to kill a game,” wrote one user. “I really hope they realize their mistake before it’s to late.”

SOE President John Smedley has since taken to Twitter to revise the company’s decision to implement these pay-to-win buffs.


It remains to be seen how the studio will implement character implants, but it certainly won’t be through a pay-to-win mechanism given the reaction of the player-base.

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6 Comments on SOE Revises Pay-to-Win Plans for Planetside 2 Following Uproar


On July 18, 2013 at 8:16 am

Umm, it wasn’t pay to win.
You could get the stuff with in game currency.
About it being bad, well, that’s another topic as most players didn’t like what they were going to implement. Though, to call it pay to win is wrong.

Ian Miles Cheong

On July 18, 2013 at 8:18 am

It’s a granular distinction, King. Most players see it as pay-to-win because they don’t play the game often enough to earn in-game currency anyway.

Ian Miles Cheong

On July 18, 2013 at 8:23 am

Consider Diablo III. You can play the game and earn every item just by playing it normally, yet in order to earn some of the best items in the game you’ll have to play for hundreds of hours. Alternatively, you can purchase the best items for your class for twenty dollars, thus saving yourself hundreds of hours of time.

That is pay-to-win, and PlanetSide 2 would have been the same way had SOE gone ahead with their plans.


On July 18, 2013 at 9:22 am

ANY item sold with $$$ that has changed stats over its normal/regular counterpart is Pay To Win.


On July 18, 2013 at 4:53 pm

SOE just started a recruitment program which gives a starter gear kit to new players which includes 3 guns and an XP Booster.

:Starter Gear Kit Details:

Light Machine Guns:

The EM6′s incredible adaptability on the field makes it popular among NC soldiers.

The SVA-88′s overclocked discharge coil allows it to fire plasma at a higher velocity than most weapons in its class. When firing at long distances, the user will need to lead targets much less than usual.

Designed with distance and accuracy in mind, the TMG-50′s manageable recoil allows it to outperform other LMGs at long range.

XP Boost Consumable:

50% XP Boost
Increases experience gain by 50% for 1 Day.

And can be redeemed throug the following link:
(Link is to, property of Sony Online Entertainment.)


On July 18, 2013 at 6:24 pm

I quit playing for 3 months. Upon returning I discover there are new weapons which can only be obtained with station cash. During beta testing and E3 2012 the developers promised numerous times that all non-cosmetic upgrades would be obtainable without paying a dime. So if they lie about that, what else is to come?

I really hope SOE doesn’t screw up Everquest next with stupid pay-to-win, pay-to-remove-inconvenience, or pay-to-skip-hundreds-of-hours-of-farming microtransactions.