Whenever a game is announced as “free-to-play”, the naturally cynical gamer automatically looks for any way in which that could possibly be construed as “play-to-win”. Planetside 2‘s Matt Higby isn’t having any of that guff however, and has laid out in very clear terms on the Planetside 2 forums exactly what premium membership means.
“Cosmetics and Convenience. That’s it. Seriously.”
“Cosmetics are pretty self-explanatory,” he continued. “I think everyone ‘gets it’ with cosmetics and won’t be too upset at buying camo patterns or decals for real money. For us, convenience is purely the act of unlocking something faster, whether that means through buying a side-grade weapon directly with a StationCash microtransaction or earning certification points faster due to a boost or membership.”
On the subject of Planetside 2‘s overall philsophy, he added: “For me, when I say the game is competitive I meant that on a moment-to-moment basis your ability to compete with and kill my character is entirely based on our personal skill. I should never be able to acquire an item that makes it just straight-up easier to kill you, or makes it straight up harder for you to kill me.”
Member benefits currently include 50% faster experience gain, 50% faster passive cert boost, 50% faster resource gain, increased resource pool caps, and priority login.