First announced in 2018 and then forgotten, the continent of Oshur will finally be rolled out in the PlanetSide 2 universe, with the update revealing itself in testing this and next weekend.
Back in 2018, we remember that studio Daybreak Game announced the upcoming introduction of a new continent in the PlanetSide 2 universe, dubbed Oshur, which was supposed to be composed of an archipelago of islands and a network of caves. The continent will never be deployed and it was believed to be definitively buried. Last November, the Rogue Planet studio (which took over the operation of PlanetSide 2 on behalf of Daybreak) nevertheless announced the resurrection of the continent of Oshur and the zone is now actually landing on the test servers of the MMOFPS.
For the record, the continent of Oshur immerses players in a “land that looks like a lost paradise”, with its islands and lush jungle. The continent is above all a “return to the roots” of PlanetSide 2’s mechanics: a terrain that puts emphasis on strategy and logistics, forcing players to coordinate.
And if Oshur took so long to arrive in PS2, it’s mainly because the development team worked on the management of the maritime areas in the archipelago: vehicles have a specific aquatic behavior (some drive on the seabed, others float) and battles are also influenced by the aquatic environment (some weapons don’t work underwater, others lose their effectiveness), so that the maritime areas also add a strategic dimension to be taken into consideration by each faction.
And to discover the mechanics of Oshur, the continent is being tested. This weekend and next weekend, PlanetSide 2 players will be able to test two distinct builds of the update: today, January 14, starting at 11pm, and tomorrow, Saturday, January 15, starting at 8pm, players will be able to discover a first atrophied build of the zone (with missing functionalities and a partial treatment of the water management). Then, a second, more updated build will be deployed next week, on January 21, starting at 11pm, and on January 22, starting at 8pm, allowing them to get a more complete idea of the upcoming update.
Anyway, we are happy that ten years after its release, PlanetSide 2 is still showing signs of life.