Free-to-play multiplayer online FPS PlanetSide 2 is getting a fourth playable faction to celebrate its sixth anniversary.
Said faction was announced during a live stream to commemorate the event and represents the first new faction to be added to PlanetSide 2 since its November 2012 launch. Nanite Systems Operatives won't function like the other factions in the game, though; instead, they're mercenaries who will fight for other factions based on who needs them most.
Choosing to play as a Nanite Systems Operative will see you assigned to whichever faction in a zone has the lowest number of players. Switching zones means you'll also be switching factions. Developer Daybreak hopes that Nanite Systems Operatives will help balance the populations of each faction in battle, leading to a fairer experience overall for all players.
Here's the catch, though: you won't be able to play as a Nanite Systems Operative unless you're a paying subscription holder. Despite this limitation, Daybreak thinks that the new faction will increase the overall health of PlanetSide 2, since queue times will be reduced and battles will be on more level playing fields. Nanite Systems Operatives are currently available on the Public Test Server for PlanetSide 2, with scheduled playtests and rewards for participation to follow. Daybreak recommends that interested parties keep an eye on their Twitter and Facebook pages as well as the game's official site for more information. No word yet on when this faction will be released to the public, but it shouldn't be too long.
PlanetSide 2 is a massively-multiplayer online first-person shooter (MMOFPS) that's free to play, with an optional paid subscription which grants extra perks to subscribers. Since its original launch in November 2012, PlanetSide 2 has seen mostly minor content updates, with the exception of a large update in 2016 which added base building elements to the game. PlanetSide 2 is currently available to play on PlayStation 4 and PC.
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