PlanetSide 2 Test Server Adds The Harasser Buggy And Revamps The MAX Suit

| 29 Apr 2013 20:51

Roll around the PlanetSide 2 battlefield with a new ride and some powerfully fresh threads.

Constant updates are important to any MMO, and in a game like PlanetSide 2 where it's imperative to get around the battlefield in the quickest and most efficient way possible, updates that add new vehicles are always welcome. With that in mind, the latest test server update will undoubtedly delight players with the addition of a Harasser buggy and a complete MAX Suit revamp that makes every faction much more powerful than ever before.

PlanetSide 2
categories: 3d, shooter

Fight for your Empire, in this space opera combat game. Join the Terrans, the Vanu or the New Conglomerate, and help bring your faction glory and fame!

From the developer: "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, planning, teamwork and communication are essential."

The game is free to play, but you have the option of buying extras - cosmetic and convenience stuff - in game.

This is only available on PC for the moment, but there's been talk of a Mac port.

The Harasser buggy is a brand new vehicle in PlanetSide 2 that's designed in a way to provide smaller units of soldiers a means of transport. It's a three-person jeep available to all factions and perfect for small team missions. The buggy features a driver seat, a gunner seat, and a (MAX capable) rumble seat. In the rumble seat, players can use their personal weapons and equipment, but they'll be exposed to enemy fire.

The MAX Suit revamp on the other hand will greatly change the perception of MAXes and, more importantly, it will change how they're played. MAXes are Mechanized Assault Exo-Suits and are basically suits that make your character in to a one man army. Each faction's MAX suits have unique abilities and appearances, and with the new update, MAX suits will be stronger than ever.

Members of the New Conglomerate faction get a riot shield and holo-shield on the MAX's right arm, the Terran Republic get lockdown, which boosts fire rate and projectile speed, and the Vanu Sovereignty get ZOE, which will increase their damage and movement speed, but their damage taken will be increased as well.

Check out this video of the Harasser buggy in action:

Here's a video of the new TR MAX Suit in action, bursting down a Reaver in just four seconds.

As the above video makes clear, some balance changes still need to be made on the MAX suit overhauls. If not, the changes might create a shift in how battles are played out, and probably not in a way that SOE wants.

We're not quite sure when this update will appear on live servers, but as we get more details on the new MAX suits and other PlanetSide 2 updates, we'll let you know. In the meantime, you can view the full PlanetSide 2 test server notes on the official PlanetSide 2 forums.

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