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A list of features coming to the next update, Version 9.0.

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Composite armour skins


One of the big focuses of this update (or at least a feature that took the damn longest) is the new composite armour skins. They aren't perfect ports from the game as each class in that gets their own composite armour but in this mod, most of the regular infantry share the same skins from each factions so I've mashed various pieces from each class composite set to make up for that.

Elite squads


To coincide with the new skins, each factions is getting elite squads in their spawn folder: Havoc (TR) Sigma (NC) and Darkstar (VS). Each of these squads have classes using the new skins as well as their own helmets. The elite squads have higher health pools, some new weapons and better skill levels with said weapons which should overall make them deadlier soldiers. They obviously can't 1 v 10 squad of enemies (at least when controlled by the ai) but they can definitely hold their own better.


Each factions has gotten a few new weapons that spawn with the elite squads including: SMG's, Carbines, LMG's and shotguns. The new weapons have all been scaled by a smaller multiplier, so they shouldn't look ridiculously huge. Additionally, some of the already implemented weapons have been downsized as well.



Both the NC and VS have got voices now, rather than using vanilla game voices. Whilst there isn't anywhere near as many voice lines as the vanilla game sets have it's still good to finally use the correct lines. Later down the line I can also get sets from other voices (each factions in PS2 has multiple voices you can give your character) so that I can add even more variety. Similarly, now that I have the voices nailed down, I'm well on the way to being able to add female soldiers at some point.

As a note, due to there not being many lines for in-combat dialogue, you'll likely hear the same thing being said quite frequently, but if you've never played Planetside 2 before let this be an introduction to what would await you.




Similar to last time, I've got two new buildings for the next update. However, these two are taking a different route. Unlike all the previous buildings that have had two versions, one as just a prop and one with a proper interior, these two will be a mix of the two. It has the interior all mapped out for custom rooms but still has the roof, so it can be set to have the roof disappear when a unit goes inside. This can be done using the "edifice" tab. Here is a useful explanation as to how to use it properly when making a map:

In order to make the building into more of a prop, you'll need to disable the "land_patch" in it's editor column, then block the doors up with the new props coming with the update.

Whilst this system may not be as convenient for people who don't know how to place them properly, the trade-off is that it makes adding these buildings much easier for me, so I can spend more time working on other features.


As of posting this I'm just about to start work on the new props so there are no screenshots just now. The new props will mainly be under the "mining" tab of bases, so will be structural and environmental pieces found around the mining bases covering Auraxis.

There's also going to be some of the new player base construction pieces that have been added to Planetside 2 recently, so look forward to them.

So for now this is all I have planned for the next update. There are no real revolutionary new things coming from the players point of view but I've gotten the hang of a bunch of new methods that should help me with development further down the line.

Plus, I've already got some plans for the next update after this of things I want to work on.


when is the next release?

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Colt0512 Author

Hopefully within the next couple of weeks depending on how quickly I get the props done.

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It's great to see this update for the next release. This might be a good time to recap on features that were mentioned in previous discussions.
Can we expect to see these items in the next release?
- Lightning with snow camo
- Lightning with Viper auto-cannon
- Infantry weapon grenade launcher
- Anti-tank grenades
- C4
- AV and AI mines
- Vehicle mounted AV missile launcher
- Anti-tank Mana turret

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Colt0512 Author

With the next version being 9.0, I'll list when I think/know I'll have them ready.

-Lightning camo: 9.0

-Auto cannon: 10.0 if there's no problems

-Infantry grenade launcher: 10.0

-AT grenades: 10.0

-C4/Mines: I've already had a go at mines and couldn't get them to work correctly with various issues following after each other. It's possible I'll be able to get AP mines working but AV seems unlikely. I got AV working to an extent but they just wouldn't damage the Planetside vehicles at all, then I broke the code and they stopped working completely so I put them on hold.
-Vehicle AV launcher: 10.0 maybe depending on how powerful some of my other plans for that update turn out to be.

-AV Mana: 10.0

A fair amount of stuff has been pushed back to the next update because the new skins took me much longer than I was expecting and I'm wanting to get all the new stuff out so I can clear up my checklist a bunch.

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Thanks for the info. I understand how things can be frustrating, when problems keep arising, and you seem to be going backwards instead of forward. Hang in there - your work is very much appreciated.

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Colt0512 Author

Let's just hope that Daybreak and their legal department are just as appreciative as you are then haha.

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Suggestion concerning voices, planetside 1 had at least 5 voices for each gender used in its extensive macros. Here's a link to a soundboard with them as well as other sound files that might be useful

Or get in contact with the PS-Forever devs and see if there are any more voice files uncovered

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Colt0512 Author

Hey there,

Sorry I never replied to this, I haven't looked through the comments on the article for quite a while.

Thank you for the link! These could actually be very useful once I get around to adding more variations in the voices for the various factions.

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