Meteors fall over Auraxis as PlanetSide servers shut down for good0 Comments
Last Friday, PlanetSide players watched helplessly as fiery meteors rained down upon the world of Auraxis, a scheduled apocalypse signaling the end of the game's 13-year life.
PlanetSide was a surprisingly popular massively-multiplayer online FPS that lived perhaps longer than developer Daybreak Game Company expected. Success is success, of course, but the inevitable needs of a growing business meant there were dwindling resources left to keep the revolutionary shooter afloat.
"PlanetSide 1 has a very important history with Daybreak Games and a special place in the hearts of those who work on its successor," Daybreak said in their announcement of Planetside's fate. "While we have run the game for free since 2014, due to evolving business needs and technical requirements it has become necessary to conclude this service."
Thankfully for players, the end of PlanetSide doesn't spell the end of the series. The game's successor, PlanetSide 2, is a free-to-play title currently available for both PlayStation 4 and PC. It might not be the ideal game for everyone, but the massively-multiplayer shooter does have large-scale gameplay unlike any anything else on the market — a point bolstered by the game's Guinness World Record for Most Players Online in a single FPS battle.
The Final Moments of PlanetSide, Kotaku