PlanetSide 2 is going to be Sony's marquis free-to-play MMO shooter on the PlayStation 4, and when I say "free-to-play," I mean absolutely and unequivocally mean "free-to-play." Sony Online Entertainment has confirmed that you won't be needing a PlayStation Plus subscription to play this game online.

Director Matt Higby made the announcement in a PlayStation Blog post.

The best part? These new features will be implemented on both the PC and PS4 versions of the game, and new features and content will continually be added to the game for years to come. And did I mention, all this for a free-to-play title out of the gate — no PlayStation Plus required.

PlanetSide 2 has already been available for PCs for about a year and a half, and it has gotten plenty of positive praise from its enthusiastic community. PlayStation fans were worried about free online play with PlayStation Plus required to play most PlayStation 4 games online, so hopefully this will clear the air a little bit.

Along with the worldwide release expected later this year, Higby also announced new content that will go live with the PlayStation 4 launch.

One of the best things about working on a game like PlanetSide 2 is that it's a living, evolving game that's constantly being updated and improved upon. In addition to work being done for PS4, the team is working on a lot of content and game systems enhancements to the live game. Some of the biggest features we're excited to deliver in the next few months are: Hossin, our fourth full 64sqkm continent, an advanced achievement system called Directives, player-driven continent conquest/locking, and expansions to our game's Outfits systems.

Any PlanetSide 2 fans excited to play this on the PlayStation 4? I played the first one many years ago for a little while and saw potential for a bigger and better game tucked away inside. Maybe Sony Online Entertainment has finally fully realized its vision. We'll have a chance to find out when it launches worldwide later this year.