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8th Anniversary Game Update and a week-long of Double XP for ALL!

Posted by:  Charoplet 19.11.2020

All PC Live servers will come down on Friday, November 20 at 6:00 AM PST (3:00 PM CET) to bring the 8th Anniversary Game Update. Downtime is expected to last up to 3 hours.

Some information from developers about what players have to expect:

Happy Anniversary, Soldiers! This Friday marks eight years to the day since PlanetSide 2 first launched, and we couldn't be more grateful for your continued support as we celebrate another milestone. It's been an incredible year for our team: the inception of Rogue Planet Games, the Escalation update, Outfit Wars, the Colossus Update, and the recent launch of The Shattered Warpgate update are just a few of our 2020 highlights, none of which would've been possible without your loyalty and dedication. 
We've got a lot to share as we look to the future - and we hope you'll join us on NOVEMBER, 20 at 11:00 AM PST / 8:00 PM CET on Twitch for a sneak peek at what comes next for PlanetSide 2. But for today, we're excited to share all the highlights inbound with this year's Anniversary update!


Your service continues to be exemplary, soldiers - as a small thank you for eight great years, we're offering all of you a free platinum NS-45 Pilot and 8th Anniversary Loyalty Decal!

You can claim your free rewards on PC by completing a special Anniversary Mission available via your Mission tab through Monday, November 30. Both Anniversary gifts will come to PS4 with the upcoming 8th Anniversary update.

Additionally, we're celebrating our birthday with a week-long Double XP for ALL event on both PC & PS4 starting tomorrow, Friday, November 20, running through Thursday, November 26! Double XP for Members will continue through Sunday, November 29. Get after those certs, soldiers!


New 8th Anniversary Bundles are incoming! 
This year's Anniversary Bundles hit the Depot in three epic tiers: Cadet's Bundle (1999 DBC), Explorer's Bundle (3999 DBC), and Starseeker's Bundle (7999 DBC). As the names suggest, we're looking to the stars this year, with several new items providing hints at what's going on above and beyond the atmosphere of Auraxis...
Each bundle contains an assortment of items, including new weapons, armors, camo, banners, faction decals, implants, and more. Pick up the Explorer's or Starseeker's Bundle, and you'll also receive a Heroic Boost! The full breakdown of all the items available in each Bundle can be found in our 8th Anniversary Bundle Preview.

We're also unlocking a new Directive Line! Every weapon from this year's Anniversary bundles (including the free platinum NS-45 Pilot) will grant progress toward the Exceptional Directive IV. You can check out the new Directive Rewards in-game in your Directives tab.


8th Anniversary Bundles available on Nov. 20
This year we're looking to the stars as we celebrate this anniversary through the theme of exploration. Each of our anniversary items hint at the on-goings above and beyond the atmosphere of Auraxis.

Cadet's Bundle (1999):
  • Hyperspace Decal
  • Loyalty Banner
  • Flight Suit Camo
  • NS Firebug (Power Knife)
Explorer's Bundle (3999):
  • Hyperspace Decal
  • Loyalty Banner
  • Flight Suit Camo
  • NS Firebug (Power Knife)
  • O2 Helmet
  • NS-7 "Endeavor" PDW
  • NS-11 "Endeavor" Assault Rifle
  • NS-11 "Endeavor" Carbine
  • Re-entry Trim (Flash/Harasser/ANT/Sunderer)
  • 6-Month Heroic Boost*
Starseeker's Bundle (7999):
  • Hyperspace Decal
  • Loyalty Banner
  • Flight Suit Camo
  • NS Firebug (Power Knife)
  • O2 Helmet
  • NS-7 "Endeavor" PDW
  • NS-11 "Endeavor" Assault Rifle
  • NS-11 "Endeavor" Carbine
  • Re-entry Trim (Flash/Harasser/ANT/Sunderer)
  • Re-entry Trim (Valkyrie/Liberator/Galaxy)
  • NS-357 "Endeavor" Underboss
  • NS-15 "Endeavor" Machine Gun
  • Helios Camo
  • Starseeker Drop Pod
  • Rocketman Title
  • 12-Month Heroic Boost*
  • 9x Basic Implant Packs*
*Boosts and implant packs are available only to the character that purchases the bundle.

Exceptional Directive IV
All of the above bundle weapons, including the platinum NS-45 Pilot will grant progress toward a new Exceptional Directive, rewarding the metallic multi-color Beetle Camo!


The Shattered Warpgate - Chapter 02 Begins Nov. 20

You've learned all you can about the calamity, and Representative Foster from Nanite Systems has come up with a solution to deterioration of Esamir... but it will take some work, from all of us.
Chapter 2 carries with it entirely new events that move through the second stage of the story on Esamir, and includes new side missions, equipment, and faction-specific technology to unlock.
While Chapter 1 has come to a close, the items and currency you accrued with move with you into Chapter 2.

Misc. Changes, Fixes, and Additions
  • !! Fixed issues related to the game using the incorrect resolution and window sizes on launch and when tabbing out of the game.
  • !! Fixed an issue that would sometimes prevent particle trails from playing when a weapon is fired.
  • !! Fixed an issue where gaining directive progress quickly would cause game performance to drop drastically.
  • !! Fixed a long-standing issue where lumifiber would appear black when it is not actively being illuminated.
  • !! Flak explosives should no longer cause drastic framerate drops due to excessive particles.
  • Sanctuary has been updated with new Warpgate Terminal visuals, and more terminals available closer to spawn-in points.
  • Players will be able to customize Drop Pod cosmetics by visiting the Nascent Expeditions shop on Sanctuary.
  • Tracked missions and campaign events now show a new indicator that makes it easier to discern.
  • Made various user experience improvements to campaign and mission screens.
  • Reclaimed MBTs now use empire specific colors for their main cannon weapons.
  • NSO Frag Grenade no longer uses NC's Frag Grenade description.
  • Halberd SE has received a visual upgrade.


We're starting the party this Friday, November 20, at 11:00 AM PST / 8:00 PM CET LIVE at! Join us tomorrow for your first-look at our next major game update, news, giveaways, and a sneak peek into 2021!
We also want to take a moment to celebrate the absolutely incredible job our community has done fundraising for Extra Life, as our studio team has collectively raised nearly $15,000 for Children's Hospitals! It's not too late to get involved - you can still join or donate to the team at Help us meet our goals as we continue raising more money to support children in need!
Thank you all for your dedication to PlanetSide 2 - it's been an unforgettable year, and we couldn't have done any of it without all of you. We'll see you on-stream tomorrow, but in the meantime, you can share your favorite moments and memories from Auraxis with us by posting with the hashtag #8YearsofLoyalty on FacebookTwitter, or the PlanetSide 2 Forums! Here's to another great year, soldiers!!

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