Originally due out before the end of 2014, Sony Online Entertainment chief John Smedley has attached an early January launch date to the hotly anticipated PlanetSide 2 beta on the PlayStation 4. Writing on Twitter, he told an eager fan: "We tried hard [to hit the aforementioned date]. As it happens, there are only a few weeks to go – either the week of the 13th or 20th [January]."

The developer's free-to-play first-person shooter sure is sounding like an ambitious experiment, seeing as it will host thousands of players in the same space. This is just one of a handful of MMOs on the way to Sony's next-gen system, with EverQuest Next and H1Z1 both set to launch at some point in the future, too.

[source twitter.com]