Sony Online Entertainment is preparing wide scale optimization efforts to improve PlanetSide 2's frame rate and performance.
According to its developers, PlanetSide 2 has come a long way since its initial launch. "PlanetSide 2 has reached the point in its development where we think the core game is THERE," said Ryan Elam, the game's tech director. According to Elam, the game now boasts excellent creative tools for designers and artists in addition to a user friendly interface, tutorial, and multiple languages. That said, the development team at Sony Online Entertainment isn't satisfied and is launching a new initiative that it's dubbing Operation: Make Faster Game.
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.
This new effort will focus on optimizing PlanetSide 2 so that it runs more smoothly than ever before. This sort of optimization is something that SOE has already been doing gradually over the years. "We've spent the better part of two years with PlanetSide 2 measuring and reviewing the elements of the game which are slow. When we've found things we could fix quickly, we did. When we found general optimizations that didn't have much of a risk to them, we worked on them."
The "Make Faster Game" improvements however, will be deeper than any of the smaller adjustments the team has made in the past. "Many optimizations that we found just required far too much 'soak time' to be feasible." Now however, with mechanical improvements out of the way "all of our teams have been given the freedom to fix things that take significant time to fix." The end result of these efforts should be a "noticeable increase in frame rate" along with a series of additional improvements detailed in the official SOE announcement.
Source: PlanetSide 2