If you were looking forward to getting your hands on PlanetSide Arena next week then I’m afraid you’re about to be disappointed, as Daybreak Games has officially delayed the games release until the end of March, citing the need for “crucial feature enhancements and core system improvements” as the reason for the delay. Announcing the delay through a statement on the games website, Daybreak said:
“As some of you may know, we’ve been playtesting PlanetSide Arena with a small core group of players from our community for several months now. Our intention with these playtests was to slowly expand the group as we build toward our first true Beta. During that time, our Dev team has been working diligently to implement everything we’ve learned from those playtests so that when released, the game will meet all of your expectations.
What we’ve discovered during playtesting is that while we’ve made significant strides towards that goal, there are crucial feature enhancements and core systems improvements we can make that will lift PlanetSide Arena to the level it deserves. This game is a passion project for our team, with massive potential to occupy a unique space within the PlanetSide series and the overall shooter genre. And while we agonized about this decision down to the deadline, we ultimately decided taking extra time to supplement our feature set, fully optimize engine performance, and improve server infrastructure was absolutely necessary to deliver the quality, polished game the PlanetSide community deserves.
That’s why today we’re announcing that PlanetSide Arena will now launch on March 26, 2019″
Speaking about how players will react to this news, Daybreak finished by saying:
“We know the delay will be frustrating to some, but we believe this game will be truly special, and we’re willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill your – and our – lofty expectations. Thank you for your patience. We promise it’ll be worth it.”
It’s disappointing news, but I would still always prefer a developer to give themselves extra time to get the game right than to release it in a subpar standard. There is still a chance to try out the game next week, however, as Daybreak also announced that the first closed beta for the game will begin on Wednesday 30th January. Also, players who have pre-ordered PlanetSide Arena will also get access to the Founders Season, which will begin on Wednesday 20th February and will feature “an exclusive Battle Pass with items you can only earn during the season.” The Founders Season is being introduced as a way to thank players for the patience while Daybreak puts the finishing touches on the game.
PlanetSide Arena was originally announced to have a release date of Tuesday 29th January, so this two month delay so close to launch will come as a real disappointment for fans who were looking forward to next Tuesday, but hopefully the quality of the final product justifies the delay. PlanetSide Arena is a class-based team shooter who’s main attraction at launch will be a massive 250 vs 250 battle-royale mode called Massive Clash. More classic first-person shooter game modes will be added as the games life progresses, including Capture the Flag and Team Deathmatch.
PlanetSide Arena will launch on PC on Tuesday 26th March.