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PLANETSIDE 2 Pre-Viz: New Conglomerate Gear by ukitakumuki PLANETSIDE 2 Pre-Viz: New Conglomerate Gear by ukitakumuki
Concept art 2012 Sony Online Entertainment LLC. SOE. All Rights Reserved.

Planetside 2 is out soon! Watch the trailer here: [link]

Current Planetside 2 design, and Planetside 1 design.

So, with the new trailer out, and the tonnes of beta footage, concept art and media floating about I think its safe to release some of my pre-viz work I did for SOE from 2009-2010. I will be releasing in the order of what is only out already in the media, and then finally once the game is 'gold' then the rest will follow in updates to come.

Planetside ([link]) was, and is, an unimaginably amazing true-MMOFPS franchise that should have taken the world by storm 9 years ago. It was the only game back then that could hold my attention for more than 7 minutes. Defending a hard-earned facility, Mass Gal drops, MAX Raids had me rushing home from school and logging on and doing my part for the TR/Vanu. Most of the defining moments of my life's gaming experience is credited to Planetside and its open-world 'sandbox' nature, allowing hundreds of players to wage epic freaking war in a 24-hour long persistent world server. The network connectively was surprisingly sharp, and the frenetic gameplay, camaraderie and immersion to be had was nothing short of exhilarating.

I eventually left the game due to the introduction of BFRs (Don't get me wrong it was fun as a Collosus killing shit and acting out my Mechwarrior fantasies on live human opponents, being a troll even before it became a popular meme, but the entire battlefield dynamic just changed too drastically for comfort. I mainly enjoyed the combat with 50% infantry, 30% armour, 20% air vehicle mix...)

Fast forward 6 years, and right after finishing up my Space Vagabonds commission and wanting to take a holiday, a phonecall came in from SOGA Taiwan. It was for a project titled Planetside Next. I think I screamed a bit. A combination of self-doubt, horror, and eventually facemelting joy followed by a frantic followup email and a test and the job was awarded to us at IFS! :) (Helped to be a fan and swearing on my life that I'd do my best to homage Planetside and update it respectfully, too.) It was then supposed to be just a revamp of Planetside, a sort of Planetside reimagined. Explains why you don't see glass cockpits on my vehicle concepts, that was an early creative decision when they weren't sure they wanted to show off the characters or not due to engine limitations (IIRC they wanted to vastly increase the player count with the same engine or something, so something had to give). I also chimed in saying it was fantastic idea, because we'd be able to create a truly hard-sci fi futuristic look where high end optics were commonplace, removing the need for fragile transparent components. A cold, hardened look that is reminiscent of drones. I still think its a great meaningful look, and I always feel kinda broken-hearted when I see how in the current iterations the cockpit areas of my designs got carved up into glass, because it was a real labour of love for myself, and the early team members (GM John Laurence, Programmer/PM Steve Wang, AD William B. Yeatts) that went into designing all that stuff.

While I may not agree aesthetically with those changes, I can definitely appreciate and understand why they went the direction of showing off glass cockpits and crew especially now that the project has the brilliant Forgelight engine to bring that world to life. (Don't get me wrong, if its an open canopied jeep or ATV by all means uncover it all, show the crew, the rawness and exposure has beauty too... just that my design approach at the time was simply based around the original principle of being a hardened cockpit coffin and the pilot buried behind layers of protection. To my mind, it is very hard to just swap a part out and change the context and expect the design to carry the same meaning anymore. Players might not ever care, but I just felt the need to say my peace on that tiny matter. :) )

So anyways, I spent almost an entire year (2009-2010) on the project. It was one of the most transformational periods of my life professionally and testing in my personal life as well; the relationships forged and artistic growth, the incredible brain drain endured along with the soaring creative highs, no money can buy any of that. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to have experienced it all and especially to have worked on the project of my dreams alongside some amazing people (credited above!), the game that made me a gamer. Can't wait to show more when I can and I sincerely hope my efforts have added to the joy of fans worldwide! Long live Planetside! :)

More on this piece:
-I was tasked with coming up with modular attachments and gear in order to make a 'faction uniform'. These would need to look good together, as best as possible, given the proposed freeform structure in which a player could outfit him/herself. The way a player model is put together would also affect the attributes of the character, leading to the creation of classes and roles.
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MrSpanners Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Student General Artist
WHA?! Mate. Your designs are godamn fantastic. Its a damn shame these never went through! I could never get into Planetside because the final designs were just unappealing to me. YOUR models would have brought me right in!
Wallaceclan Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These look better than the finale designs. 
Pampelmouss Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
man, what happened to this game aesthetic ? Ingame models, vehicules and soldier skins look kind of generic and lack that subtle futuristic vibe instilled in your concepts.
death2eyes Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
While i agree that the designs are really nice! ( bless you ) 
However i think that they look abit similar. ( Unless there are camos that really shows.
Because the default designs of the TR VS and NC  makes them easy to know which faction they are from just by looking at them IMO.
Many blessings 
WarrGon Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Student Filmographer
Planetside 2 is greet game
ColdCity Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
I don't understand....your design is super amazing.

The current NC design looks freakin generic and stupid.

Why didn't they take yours!? I would have, man.

What did they say?!?!?!
photon-expression Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
This stuff looks way better than the stuff they put in the game T___T
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:) aww
ColdCity Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
ShadowTheLatios Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have to say... Your design is quite exceptional! If the final release had character models like this, not only would it be more aesthetically pleasing, but it would draw more attention to the game. The in game models look a bit to cartoony in my opinion.

Btw well done with this design
(As if I haven't already mentioned it^^)
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