John Smedley revealed in an interview to Chinese website 17173.com that Planetside 2 will be a free-to-play game, but no specific details were announced. In fact, some of it was lost in translation and John Smedley had to issue a statement correcting some things.
There’s no news yet on how Sony will monetize the game, but Smedley says he likes League of Legends a lot. This is one of the most famous and acclaimed F2P games ever, so it’s a good source of inspiration.
A beta is scheduled for later this year or earlier this year, but with no specific date yet.
Here is the additional statement from John Smedley:
1) There is some really bad translation going on here – while I have publicly mentioned the game will be some form of Free to play before…the Blizzard style auction house isn’t a part of that. I was asked what I thought of that move by Blizzard I said I thought it was a good idea and it would help with farmers. I also said we had done that years ago with Station Exchange. So no…. There is no RMT auction house (in fact we haven’t ever even talked about an auction house for the game period). We aren’t ready to announce specifics yet but expect something that will be very player friendly. I mentioned League of Legends as something I really liked.
2) I was asked about beta schedule and I said we were aiming for late this year or early next year but we don’t know yet.
3) I did say that I believe SWTOR will be the last large scale MMO to use a sub model. The game looks great btw and I will be playing myself. Bioware is doing an awesome job.