The Guinness Book of World Records has certified a new title holder in the first-person shooter genre. Sony Online Entertainment’s Planetside 2 now holds the record for most online players in a single battle.

The record was inaugurated by the original Planetside, which then lost it to Man vs. Machine. The latter held onto its title since 2012 with 999 people in a single fight.

Planetside 2 reclaimed the "Most Players Online In a Single FPS Battle" crown for Sony Online Entertainment on January 24 with a fight amongst 1,158 players across the game’s three factions. The timing is opportune for the developer.

Sony Online's MMOFPS just went into beta for PlayStation 4, and SOE suggests that the console version will match the scope and scale on PC. Beta invitations will continue to go out as Sony Online ramps up participation on the road to full release later this year.

Planetside 2 will remain free-to-play on console, which also means that PlayStation Plus is not required to enjoy it. For those interested in participating in the beta, you can still sign up. However, note that Sony Online Entertainment says that beta invitations will be distributed in order of registration.

 

Our Take
Planetside 2’s large battles are likely to woo gamers from other major titles. Warframe, Destiny, Call of Duty, Battlefield, and other communities will likely see some dabbling and attrition once the title hits on PlayStation 4. I’m interested to see how the scale holds up on console.