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PlanetSide Sequel in the Works

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During a recent interview with The Escapist, Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley leaked the existence of an unannounced project with the tentative title PlanetSide Next.

"We have a very big launch coming in the month of March," Smedley said. "It's a big first person shooter franchise that we're really happy with."

When asked if that franchise was PlanetSide, Smedley replied, "Could be. We haven't technically announced it... The PR people are going to shoot me."

Imagine how the PR people felt after Smedley continued: "We don't have the official name for it. PlanetSide Next is kind of the working title. We've learned some lessons with Everquest II... We should have called it EverQuest Something. Having Everquest I and II sit on the shelves at the same time, in hindsight, was probably not the the brightest of moves."

It's strange that a high-profile MMO like a sequel to 2003's PlanetSide would be released next March without being heavily teased or publicized up until now. SOE's other big MMO, The Agency, was revealed in 2007 and still hasn't even hit store shelves yet.

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