Frequently Asked Questions

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What is PlanetSide 2?
PlanetSide 2 is a Massively Multiplayer first person shooter that delivers truly epic, massive combat on a scale never before seen in stunning, breathtaking detail. Battles take place not between dozens of troops, but thousands; with air and ground vehicles slugging it out alongside squads of troops. Whether in open fields, tightly-packed urban centers or enormous structures, winning requires strategic teamwork and a quick trigger finger.
Is PlanetSide 2 an MMO?
Yes. PlanetSide 2 is an MMO FPS set in an online persistent world where the war wages non-stop and the balance of power shifts with every base and territory captured and lost. Players will be able to unlock diverse combat roles by advancing through the deep skill trees, including several classic roles from PlanetSide. As players unlock new roles, they can switch between them at will.
What are the three Empires in PlanetSide 2?
Terran Republic - An authoritarian government that leverages military might to maintain strict control over the colonial citizens. The Terran Republic is obsessed with the preservation of law and order and are thus seen by some to be an oppressive and dictatorial force, but many view the TR as the only hope for lasting security on Auraxis.

New Conglomerate - Rebels, freedom fighters or terrorists? The New Conglomerate operates as a loosely organized band of dissidents, vehemently opposed to the stranglehold that the Terran Republic has on Auraxis. Led by an unusual quorum of outcasts, industry titans, pirates and former military leaders, the New Conglomerate is unwavering and prepared to achieve their goals by any means necessary.

Vanu Sovereignty - The Vanu have taught that only through technology can humanity evolve its next state of existence. The Vanu Sovereignty is extremely advanced, employing powerful alien technology on the battlefield. Their singular purpose is to uncover the secrets hidden away in ancient artifacts scattered over the surface of Auraxis and they will annihilate anyone who interferes.
WHAT TYPE OF VEHICLE-BASED COMBAT IS IN PLANETSIDE 2?
Each empire has a light and heavy tanks, armored personnel carriers, various types of aircraft and other vehicles to suit every form of playstyle.
WHAT IS THE BUSINESS MODEL OF PLANETSIDE 2?
PlanetSide 2 is completely free to play and will offer players the option to purchase cosmetic and convenience items to improve their gameplay experience.
HOW MANY PLAYERS ARE ON A SINGLE SERVER?
PlanetSide 2 is the a true "Massive" FPS game which will allow thousands of players to hit the battlefield on the same server.
HOW BIG ARE THE MAPS IN PLANETSIDE 2?
PlanetSide 2 currently has 3 continents, Indar, Esamir, and Amerish which each allow for dozens of simultaneous battles to take place on both the ground and in the air.
WHAT TYPE OF ROLES OR CLASSES CAN I PLAY?
PlanetSide 2 provides a number of options from the brazen assaulter to the invaluable support unit\:

Light Assault - Agile and deadly, they serve their empire as an excellent flanker and skirmisher. While other classes find themselves confined by walls, buildings, and sniper alleys, the Light Assault makes shortcuts and controls the flow of combat from on high.

Heavy Assault - Designed to combat the surge of instant nanite-assembled vehicles, their presence on the battlefield poses a serious threat to tanks and infantry alike. Their custom Reinforced Exosuit armor configuration is responsible for their ability to take hits that would kill other soldiers, while their heavy weaponry allows them to punch holes in enemy tanks or lay down sustained fire. Equipped with some of the strongest armor and weapons available to infantry, a seasoned Heavy Assault will leave a path of corpses and burning wreckage in their wake.

Combat Medic - After an intense firefight, when the dust settles, every squad and every soldier simply wants to be alive. And if they are, they probably have their Combat Medic to thank. Every class is capable of putting enemies in the grave, but the Combat Medic is the only one that can pull them back out. Yes, their rifle is capable of dropping enemies efficiently.. The Combat Medic's role is to keep their soldiers alive and their empire at full fighting strength. Since a single Combat Medic can make all the difference between holding the line and falling in slaughter, they're an integral member of any squad.

Engineer - Though the Engineer has always had a vital role in defending Auraxis' facilities, the introduction of nanites to the military sector caused a radical shift from their traditional role of vehicle and MAX suit mechanics., Engineers have quickly proven themselves as effective soldiers, capable of either turning an ordinary warehouse into an impregnable fortress or blasting an enemy's fortresses to the ground.

Infiltrator - Even though Rebirthing technology has nearly eliminated the concept of fear on Auraxis, the Infiltrator remains one of the few things soldiers still dread. Originally a specialist in the assassination of high-profile political targets, the Infiltrator quickly found a home on the battlefield. Rumor of their presence has become synonymous with unease and paranoia, causing enemy soldiers to perceive even shadows in their peripheral as a threat. The fear they inspire, combined with their specialized recon and sniping roles, makes the Infiltrator a welcome addition to any empire's ranks.

Max - Prototypes of the MAX suit used on Auraxis today were created after the New Conglomerate began modifying powered exoskeletons intended for mining operations, wielding shotguns and homemade composite armor to them for use in combat. After their potential for both saving and taking lives was realized, revisions to the initial design were quickly iterated on by all three factions. The end result is a lumbering juggernaut capable of both adapting their flexible weapons systems to a variety of situations and absorbing immense amounts of fire.

HOW DO I GET THE GAME?
You'll need to create a Station Account if you haven't but once complete, head toto download the PlanetSide 2 client.
WHAT ARE THE MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS?
Minimum System Requirements
  • OS - Windows XP
  • Processor - Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 or higher / AMD Phenom II X2 or higher
  • Memory - 4 GB RAM
  • Hard Drive - 15 GB free
  • Video Memory - 256 MB RAM
  • Video Card - nVidia GeForce 8600 series or higher / AMD or ATI 4850 series or higher
  • Sound Card - DirectX compatible
Recommended System
  • OS - Windows 7
  • Processor - Intel i5 processor or higher / AMD Phenom II X6 or higher
  • Memory - 8 GB RAM
  • Hard Drive - 15 GB free
  • Video Memory - 1,024 MB RAM
  • Video Card - nVidia GeForce GTX 560 series or higher / AMD HD 6870 or higher
  • Sound Card - DirectX compatible