Game Update 2 of Planetside 2 on PS4 was released today. Let’s look at some of the changes that were made.

Official patch notes from Daybreak forums:

Server Adjustments:

Players on Rashnu will now be playing on Lithcorp.
Players on Searhus will now be playing on Crux.

Players on Xelas will now be playing on Palos.

I haven’t been able to find any information as to why they are making these server adjustments. It could be because of the declining traffic on the servers to be adjusted. I have noticed that players in certain servers have become sparse.

Spawn Beacons

  • Squad Beacons near the majority of squads members will be squad spawn options regardless of range
  • Beacon spawn range changed from 600 meters to 1,000 meters

Valkyrie

  • Small arms do less damage to Valkyries
  • Valkyrie bottom armor increased to 50%
  • Increased weapon thermal range from 50 to 200

I will test out the spawn beacons this week to find out how this changes squad strategy. I don’t have much experience in using them to begin with.

The improvements made to the Valkyrie will increase the effective weapons range and made short run air strikes a viable option for general air support. It used to be a death trap because a couple of heavies could unload on your aircraft and you would have to bail or die. These are welcome changes. The valkyrie used to be only useful as high altitude air support/troop transport.

Sunderer Cloak

  • Sunderer stealth cert line has been expanded, a new fifth cert has been added that when equipped not only provides all the perks of rank 4 stealth but also generates a cloaking bubble when deployed that cloaks all friendly infantry within it.

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I wonder how effective the cloak will be when people adjust the gamma in the in game settings and on their displays. If everyone is playing on recommended settings, cool (this doesn’t happen). Still, this could be interesting in getting two squads close to a base without getting wrecked by turrets immediately.

Infiltrator Cloaking Pass

  • Infiltrator cloaks now have additional states based on movement.
  • Crouching no change
  • Crouch walking is now much less visible
  • Standing is now less visible
  • Running is slightly less visible
  • Sprinting, no change

I have a feeling this is going to make me upset the next time I play this game. The infiltrator cloak is OP as it is. It is slowly becoming the dominant strategy for playing Planetside 2. I have a hard enough time seeing infiltrators, but they decided to increase the effectiveness of their cloaks? Is there something wrong with my TV or am I just blind?

Striker

  • Small damage increase to ground vehicles
  • Increased initial projectile speed from 50 to 60
  • Increased max projectile speed from 180 to 220
  • Increased projectile acceleration from 0.75 to 1.25
  • Vehicle stealth no longer prevents rockets from seeking

The only change I can comment on is the vehicle stealth change. If you are firing rockets at a striker, then you have probably already seen the damn thing. What use is there in preventing the rockets from seeking?

Burst Carbines and Assault Rifles

· T1B Cylcer
o Recoil min magnitude increased from 0.27 to .4
o Recoil max magnitude increased from 0.27 to .4
o Burst recoil first shot modifier decreased from 2.50 to 0.75
o Recoil Increase Crouched increased from 0.1 to 0.15
o Recoil Increase increased from 0.1 to 0.15
o Hipfire cof increased by 0.5

· Trac-5 Burst
o Burst recoil first shot modifier decreased from 2.35 to 0.75
o Recoil max magnitude increased from 0.3 to .5
o Recoil Increase Crouched increased from 0to 0.2
o Recoil Increase increased from 0 to 0.2
o Hipfire cof increased by 0.5

· Gauss Rifle Burst
o Horizontal Recoil Min decreased from 0.168 to 0.16
o Horizontal Recoil Max decreased from 0.168 to 0.16
o Recoil min magnitude decreased from 0.472 to 0.4
o Recoil max magnitude increased from 0.472 to 0.5
o Burst recoil first shot modifier decreased from 1 to 0.5
o Recoil Increase Crouched increased from 1 to 0.1
o Recoil Increase decreased from 1 to 0.1
o Hipfire cof increased by 0.5

· Gauss Compact Burst
o Recoil max magnitude increased from 0.4 to 0.5
o Burst recoil first shot modifier decreased from 1.75 to 0.75
o Recoil Increase increased from 0 to 0.1
o Hipfire cof increased by 0.5

· Equinox VE2 Burst
o Recoil min magnitude decreased from 0.22 to 0.23
o Recoil max magnitude increased from 0.22 to 0.4
o Burst recoil first shot modifier decreased from 2.75 to 0.75
o Recoil Increase Crouched increased from 0.05 to 0.17
o Recoil Increase decreased from 1 to 0.17
o Recoil shots at min mag increased from 0 to 1
o Recoil Horizontal Min decreased from 0.16 to 0.15
o Hipfire cof increased by 0.5

· Solstice VE3 Burst
o Recoil max magnitude increased from 0.25 to 0.35
o Burst recoil first shot modifier decreased from 2.8 to 0.75
o Recoil Increase Crouched increased from 0to 0.1
o Recoil Increase decreased from 0 to 0.1

o Hipfire cof increased by 0.5

I can’t comment too much on weapon stats. I don’t really see a different in stats while playing, mostly because it feels like whether you live or die completely depends on who sees each other first.

Directives Screen
Track our your progress with the games many directives with the new directive screen

New Directive
A new social directive has been added. Check it out for the chance to earn an in game reward.

Platinum Pack Bundle:
Get access to three platinum NS weapons and start making progress in your Exceptional Weapon Directives with this limited time offer.

Misc Addtions:

  • Added animation to the Character Create/Select button states
  • Updated text descriptions for [Cert Grant Item] Medal rewards

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed scroll bar showing when not needed at character create
  • Fixed an issue with list navigation not always functioning correctly
  • Fixed a bug that would cause the bottom part of the Outfit Creation UI to disappear
  • Fixed an issue where the repawn time remaining in the UI would reset when players nearby would die
  • Fix for the map not always showing faction colors for zones
  • Removed a superfluous “1” from the Create Character button
  • Fixed a bug that could place you on the wrong selected slot when returning from the loadout window
  • Fixed a bug where returning to the loadout window from Item selection could place you on the wrong class/vehicle tab
  • Outfit decals are now properly displayed in the map region info
  • Improvements to the responsiveness of the Loadout UI
  • A fix for the latest incarnation of the venerable “Being Revived by: Sgt. Marcus Aurelius” bug
  • Fixed an issue that could cause text to go missing after backing out from the character create/select screen
  • Legend should now appear properly when creating an outfit
  • PS4 player info window appearing randomly while viewing friend, squad, or proximity info should be fixed
  • The outfit member info buttons should no longer be missing from an outfit member’s profile
  • Cert counter on the HUD should no longer cut off text on larger numbers
  • Cert icon should no longer be missing from unblocked abilities/utilities in the loadout UI
  • Fixed player tracking issues with when holding the spot/interact button

Directives Screen
Track our your progress with the games many directives with the new directive screen

New Directive
A new social directive has been added. Check it out for the chance to earn an in game reward.

Platinum Pack Bundle:
Get access to three platinum NS weapons and start making progress in your Exceptional Weapon Directives with this limited time offer.

Misc Addtions:

  • Added animation to the Character Create/Select button states
  • Updated text descriptions for [Cert Grant Item] Medal rewards

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed scroll bar showing when not needed at character create
  • Fixed an issue with list navigation not always functioning correctly
  • Fixed a bug that would cause the bottom part of the Outfit Creation UI to disappear
  • Fixed an issue where the repawn time remaining in the UI would reset when players nearby would die
  • Fix for the map not always showing faction colors for zones
  • Removed a superfluous “1” from the Create Character button
  • Fixed a bug that could place you on the wrong selected slot when returning from the loadout window
  • Fixed a bug where returning to the loadout window from Item selection could place you on the wrong class/vehicle tab
  • Outfit decals are now properly displayed in the map region info
  • Improvements to the responsiveness of the Loadout UI
  • A fix for the latest incarnation of the venerable “Being Revived by: Sgt. Marcus Aurelius” bug
  • Fixed an issue that could cause text to go missing after backing out from the character create/select screen
  • Legend should now appear properly when creating an outfit
  • PS4 player info window appearing randomly while viewing friend, squad, or proximity info should be fixed
  • The outfit member info buttons should no longer be missing from an outfit member’s profile
  • Cert counter on the HUD should no longer cut off text on larger numbers
  • Cert icon should no longer be missing from unblocked abilities/utilities in the loadout UI
  • Fixed player tracking issues with when holding the spot/interact button

Directives Screen
Track our your progress with the games many directives with the new directive screen

New Directive
A new social directive has been added. Check it out for the chance to earn an in game reward.

Platinum Pack Bundle:
Get access to three platinum NS weapons and start making progress in your Exceptional Weapon Directives with this limited time offer.

Misc Addtions:

  • Added animation to the Character Create/Select button states
  • Updated text descriptions for [Cert Grant Item] Medal rewards

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed scroll bar showing when not needed at character create
  • Fixed an issue with list navigation not always functioning correctly
  • Fixed a bug that would cause the bottom part of the Outfit Creation UI to disappear
  • Fixed an issue where the repawn time remaining in the UI would reset when players nearby would die
  • Fix for the map not always showing faction colors for zones
  • Removed a superfluous “1” from the Create Character button
  • Fixed a bug that could place you on the wrong selected slot when returning from the loadout window
  • Fixed a bug where returning to the loadout window from Item selection could place you on the wrong class/vehicle tab
  • Outfit decals are now properly displayed in the map region info
  • Improvements to the responsiveness of the Loadout UI
  • A fix for the latest incarnation of the venerable “Being Revived by: Sgt. Marcus Aurelius” bug
  • Fixed an issue that could cause text to go missing after backing out from the character create/select screen
  • Legend should now appear properly when creating an outfit
  • PS4 player info window appearing randomly while viewing friend, squad, or proximity info should be fixed
  • The outfit member info buttons should no longer be missing from an outfit member’s profile
  • Cert counter on the HUD should no longer cut off text on larger numbers
  • Cert icon should no longer be missing from unblocked abilities/utilities in the loadout UI
  • Fixed player tracking issues with when holding the spot/interact button

Directives Screen
Track our your progress with the games many directives with the new directive screen

New Directive
A new social directive has been added. Check it out for the chance to earn an in game reward.

Platinum Pack Bundle:
Get access to three platinum NS weapons and start making progress in your Exceptional Weapon Directives with this limited time offer.

Misc Addtions:

  • Added animation to the Character Create/Select button states
  • Updated text descriptions for [Cert Grant Item] Medal rewards

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed scroll bar showing when not needed at character create
  • Fixed an issue with list navigation not always functioning correctly
  • Fixed a bug that would cause the bottom part of the Outfit Creation UI to disappear
  • Fixed an issue where the repawn time remaining in the UI would reset when players nearby would die
  • Fix for the map not always showing faction colors for zones
  • Removed a superfluous “1” from the Create Character button
  • Fixed a bug that could place you on the wrong selected slot when returning from the loadout window
  • Fixed a bug where returning to the loadout window from Item selection could place you on the wrong class/vehicle tab
  • Outfit decals are now properly displayed in the map region info
  • Improvements to the responsiveness of the Loadout UI
  • A fix for the latest incarnation of the venerable “Being Revived by: Sgt. Marcus Aurelius” bug
  • Fixed an issue that could cause text to go missing after backing out from the character create/select screen
  • Legend should now appear properly when creating an outfit
  • PS4 player info window appearing randomly while viewing friend, squad, or proximity info should be fixed
  • The outfit member info buttons should no longer be missing from an outfit member’s profile
  • Cert counter on the HUD should no longer cut off text on larger numbers
  • Cert icon should no longer be missing from unblocked abilities/utilities in the loadout UI
  • Fixed player tracking issues with when holding the spot/interact button

Directives Screen
Track our your progress with the games many directives with the new directive screen

New Directive
A new social directive has been added. Check it out for the chance to earn an in game reward.

Platinum Pack Bundle:
Get access to three platinum NS weapons and start making progress in your Exceptional Weapon Directives with this limited time offer.

Misc Addtions:

  • Added animation to the Character Create/Select button states
  • Updated text descriptions for [Cert Grant Item] Medal rewards

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed scroll bar showing when not needed at character create
  • Fixed an issue with list navigation not always functioning correctly
  • Fixed a bug that would cause the bottom part of the Outfit Creation UI to disappear
  • Fixed an issue where the repawn time remaining in the UI would reset when players nearby would die
  • Fix for the map not always showing faction colors for zones
  • Removed a superfluous “1” from the Create Character button
  • Fixed a bug that could place you on the wrong selected slot when returning from the loadout window
  • Fixed a bug where returning to the loadout window from Item selection could place you on the wrong class/vehicle tab
  • Outfit decals are now properly displayed in the map region info
  • Improvements to the responsiveness of the Loadout UI
  • A fix for the latest incarnation of the venerable “Being Revived by: Sgt. Marcus Aurelius” bug
  • Fixed an issue that could cause text to go missing after backing out from the character create/select screen
  • Legend should now appear properly when creating an outfit
  • PS4 player info window appearing randomly while viewing friend, squad, or proximity info should be fixed
  • The outfit member info buttons should no longer be missing from an outfit member’s profile
  • Cert counter on the HUD should no longer cut off text on larger numbers
  • Cert icon should no longer be missing from unblocked abilities/utilities in the loadout UI
  • Fixed player tracking issues with when holding the spot/interact button

Directives Screen
Track our your progress with the games many directives with the new directive screen

New Directive
A new social directive has been added. Check it out for the chance to earn an in game reward.

Platinum Pack Bundle:
Get access to three platinum NS weapons and start making progress in your Exceptional Weapon Directives with this limited time offer.

Misc Addtions:

  • Added animation to the Character Create/Select button states
  • Updated text descriptions for [Cert Grant Item] Medal rewards

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed scroll bar showing when not needed at character create
  • Fixed an issue with list navigation not always functioning correctly
  • Fixed a bug that would cause the bottom part of the Outfit Creation UI to disappear
  • Fixed an issue where the repawn time remaining in the UI would reset when players nearby would die
  • Fix for the map not always showing faction colors for zones
  • Removed a superfluous “1” from the Create Character button
  • Fixed a bug that could place you on the wrong selected slot when returning from the loadout window
  • Fixed a bug where returning to the loadout window from Item selection could place you on the wrong class/vehicle tab
  • Outfit decals are now properly displayed in the map region info
  • Improvements to the responsiveness of the Loadout UI
  • A fix for the latest incarnation of the venerable “Being Revived by: Sgt. Marcus Aurelius” bug
  • Fixed an issue that could cause text to go missing after backing out from the character create/select screen
  • Legend should now appear properly when creating an outfit
  • PS4 player info window appearing randomly while viewing friend, squad, or proximity info should be fixed
  • The outfit member info buttons should no longer be missing from an outfit member’s profile
  • Cert counter on the HUD should no longer cut off text on larger numbers
  • Cert icon should no longer be missing from unblocked abilities/utilities in the loadout UI
  • Fixed player tracking issues with when holding the spot/interact button

Directives Screen
Track our your progress with the games many directives with the new directive screen

New Directive
A new social directive has been added. Check it out for the chance to earn an in game reward.

Platinum Pack Bundle:
Get access to three platinum NS weapons and start making progress in your Exceptional Weapon Directives with this limited time offer.

Misc Addtions:

  • Added animation to the Character Create/Select button states
  • Updated text descriptions for [Cert Grant Item] Medal rewards

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed scroll bar showing when not needed at character create
  • Fixed an issue with list navigation not always functioning correctly
  • Fixed a bug that would cause the bottom part of the Outfit Creation UI to disappear
  • Fixed an issue where the repawn time remaining in the UI would reset when players nearby would die
  • Fix for the map not always showing faction colors for zones
  • Removed a superfluous “1” from the Create Character button
  • Fixed a bug that could place you on the wrong selected slot when returning from the loadout window
  • Fixed a bug where returning to the loadout window from Item selection could place you on the wrong class/vehicle tab
  • Outfit decals are now properly displayed in the map region info
  • Improvements to the responsiveness of the Loadout UI
  • A fix for the latest incarnation of the venerable “Being Revived by: Sgt. Marcus Aurelius” bug
  • Fixed an issue that could cause text to go missing after backing out from the character create/select screen
  • Legend should now appear properly when creating an outfit
  • PS4 player info window appearing randomly while viewing friend, squad, or proximity info should be fixed
  • The outfit member info buttons should no longer be missing from an outfit member’s profile
  • Cert counter on the HUD should no longer cut off text on larger numbers
  • Cert icon should no longer be missing from unblocked abilities/utilities in the loadout UI
  • Fixed player tracking issues with when holding the spot/interact button

Directives Screen
Track our your progress with the games many directives with the new directive screen

New Directive
A new social directive has been added. Check it out for the chance to earn an in game reward.

Platinum Pack Bundle:
Get access to three platinum NS weapons and start making progress in your Exceptional Weapon Directives with this limited time offer.

Misc Addtions:

  • Added animation to the Character Create/Select button states
  • Updated text descriptions for [Cert Grant Item] Medal rewards

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed scroll bar showing when not needed at character create
  • Fixed an issue with list navigation not always functioning correctly
  • Fixed a bug that would cause the bottom part of the Outfit Creation UI to disappear
  • Fixed an issue where the repawn time remaining in the UI would reset when players nearby would die
  • Fix for the map not always showing faction colors for zones
  • Removed a superfluous “1” from the Create Character button
  • Fixed a bug that could place you on the wrong selected slot when returning from the loadout window
  • Fixed a bug where returning to the loadout window from Item selection could place you on the wrong class/vehicle tab
  • Outfit decals are now properly displayed in the map region info
  • Improvements to the responsiveness of the Loadout UI
  • A fix for the latest incarnation of the venerable “Being Revived by: Sgt. Marcus Aurelius” bug
  • Fixed an issue that could cause text to go missing after backing out from the character create/select screen
  • Legend should now appear properly when creating an outfit
  • PS4 player info window appearing randomly while viewing friend, squad, or proximity info should be fixed
  • The outfit member info buttons should no longer be missing from an outfit member’s profile
  • Cert counter on the HUD should no longer cut off text on larger numbers
  • Cert icon should no longer be missing from unblocked abilities/utilities in the loadout UI
  • Fixed player tracking issues with when holding the spot/interact button

Directives Screen
Track our your progress with the games many directives with the new directive screen

New Directive
A new social directive has been added. Check it out for the chance to earn an in game reward.

Platinum Pack Bundle:
Get access to three platinum NS weapons and start making progress in your Exceptional Weapon Directives with this limited time offer.

Misc Addtions:

  • Added animation to the Character Create/Select button states
  • Updated text descriptions for [Cert Grant Item] Medal rewards

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed scroll bar showing when not needed at character create
  • Fixed an issue with list navigation not always functioning correctly
  • Fixed a bug that would cause the bottom part of the Outfit Creation UI to disappear
  • Fixed an issue where the repawn time remaining in the UI would reset when players nearby would die
  • Fix for the map not always showing faction colors for zones
  • Removed a superfluous “1” from the Create Character button
  • Fixed a bug that could place you on the wrong selected slot when returning from the loadout window
  • Fixed a bug where returning to the loadout window from Item selection could place you on the wrong class/vehicle tab
  • Outfit decals are now properly displayed in the map region info
  • Improvements to the responsiveness of the Loadout UI
  • A fix for the latest incarnation of the venerable “Being Revived by: Sgt. Marcus Aurelius” bug
  • Fixed an issue that could cause text to go missing after backing out from the character create/select screen
  • Legend should now appear properly when creating an outfit
  • PS4 player info window appearing randomly while viewing friend, squad, or proximity info should be fixed
  • The outfit member info buttons should no longer be missing from an outfit member’s profile
  • Cert counter on the HUD should no longer cut off text on larger numbers
  • Cert icon should no longer be missing from unblocked abilities/utilities in the loadout UI
  • Fixed player tracking issues with when holding the spot/interact button

Directives Screen
Track our your progress with the games many directives with the new directive screen

New Directive
A new social directive has been added. Check it out for the chance to earn an in game reward.

Platinum Pack Bundle:
Get access to three platinum NS weapons and start making progress in your Exceptional Weapon Directives with this limited time offer.

Misc Addtions:

  • Added animation to the Character Create/Select button states
  • Updated text descriptions for [Cert Grant Item] Medal rewards

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed scroll bar showing when not needed at character create
  • Fixed an issue with list navigation not always functioning correctly
  • Fixed a bug that would cause the bottom part of the Outfit Creation UI to disappear
  • Fixed an issue where the repawn time remaining in the UI would reset when players nearby would die
  • Fix for the map not always showing faction colors for zones
  • Removed a superfluous “1” from the Create Character button
  • Fixed a bug that could place you on the wrong selected slot when returning from the loadout window
  • Fixed a bug where returning to the loadout window from Item selection could place you on the wrong class/vehicle tab
  • Outfit decals are now properly displayed in the map region info
  • Improvements to the responsiveness of the Loadout UI
  • A fix for the latest incarnation of the venerable “Being Revived by: Sgt. Marcus Aurelius” bug
  • Fixed an issue that could cause text to go missing after backing out from the character create/select screen
  • Legend should now appear properly when creating an outfit
  • PS4 player info window appearing randomly while viewing friend, squad, or proximity info should be fixed
  • The outfit member info buttons should no longer be missing from an outfit member’s profile
  • Cert counter on the HUD should no longer cut off text on larger numbers
  • Cert icon should no longer be missing from unblocked abilities/utilities in the loadout UI
  • Fixed player tracking issues with when holding the spot/interact button

The spotting problem is something that Gar and I have been dealing with ever since we starting playing this game. In order to spot, you would have to point your cross-hairs at a point where the server thinks the object is, not where it actually is.

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“Cert counter on the HUD should no longer cut off text on larger numbers”

Large numbers of certs? Who has large numbers of certs? The developers?

Anyway, bug fixes are always welcome. Now, if only they could work on the map load times.