Planetside: Arena official artwork with the logo

[Update]: PlanetSide Arena will be closing down its servers on January 10, 2020.

With Fortnite dominating the PC/console world and PUBG Mobile sporting a ridiculously large amount of downloads, it has become clear that Battle Royale games are not just a passing fad. As such, pretty much every FPS game that can fit a Battle Royale game mode is attempting to do just that, including games like CS:GO that have traditionally managed to completely ignore trends in the gaming world.

However, while most of those games have had to rework everything from the ground up in order to fit a large amount of people on one map, games like Planetside 2 pretty much already have the whole "massive multiplayer shooter" thing figured out. With that in mind, you might be intrigued to hear that the Planetside 2 devs will soon be taking a crack at the Battle Royale genre with the newly announced (and standalone) Planetside: Arena.

Since gameplay is what matters the most in any FPS game, allow me to share with you the recently posted trailer. It's not exactly long, but it'll give you a pretty good idea of what to expect. Have a peek:

While I do believe that trying to launch at a $30 price tag is a bit of a mistake given the already saturated market, I have to admit I'm quite curious to see what Planetside: Arena will be like. One of the main problems I had with Planetside 2 was that its gameplay was completely unfocused and open to exploiting by organized groups, which as it so happens, is exactly what a Battle Royale mode could solve without much effort!

My rambling aside, the final thing worth mentioning is a short quote from the dev letter: "..throughout each Season, additional story arcs will be revealed - ultimately leading into a future PlanetSide title." Will that mystery game be Planetside 3 or something else entirely, I'm afraid I have no idea, but it's a certainly an interesting thing to ponder over the next few months. 

You can learn more about Planetside: Arena, as well as follow its developers leading up to its January 29th launch, by visiting the official website.