After the positive feedback that Planetside 2 received, Daybreak decided to expand the franchise with Planetside Arena, a battle-royale set in the Planetside universe. It seems that wasn't enough for Daybreak, with the company now announcing Planetside 3, with Planetside Arena as its “stepping stone”.
Followed by a recent series of layoffs for “a company realignment” at Daybreak Games, Andy Sites, the executive producer for Planetside 2 and Planetside Arena, has published an open letter to the fans of the franchise describing what's planned for both games, and to “give some perspective on what lies ahead for the franchise”.
Planetside 2 is not forgotten and will have its development team reinforced with “additional programmers, designers and artists”, while Planetside Arena will continue its development through Early Access, implementing new features, including a “new (non-BR) mode”, as reported by Gamasutra.
Regarding the future of the franchise, Planetside 3 was announced and it's being based on Planetside Arena, working as a bridge between Planetside 2 and 3, while using it as “an opportunity to try out new features, styles of play”. Planetside 3 will expand from the battlefields of Auraxis, the current planet where the war takes place, to “full-fledged galactic war with empires exploring, colonizing and conquering one another within an expansive galaxy”.
There's no published release date for Planetside 3 yet.
KitGuru says: Planetside 2 is a great free-to-play game that deserves a worthy sequel. Fingers crossed for releasing the new one as free-to-play too. Do you play Planetside 2 or Planetside Arena? What do you expect from Planetside 3?