PlanetSide 2's vehicles are the key to victory: skillful pilots will be able to turn the tides of battle on their own if they can take out enough high-value targets. The Lightning tank is the perfect vehicle for the kind of Rambo-esque commando that wants to go out on his own, rack up kills, and come home with some new notches on his belt. This single-pilot tank has a high rate of fire (six rounds every three seconds), so enemies expecting a lumbering, molasses-slow cannon will be literally shocked by the Lightning's artillery. 

The Lightning’s available to all three factions, and comes outfitted with a Skyguard turret that’s effective at ground-to-air firing as it is against on-foot infantry. Even better, its shots burst into flak if they’re shot near aircraft, so even if you miss a couple shots against airborne enemies, you’re likely to do some serious damage. The Lightning is also a predator of the battlefield: the ATV-like quad is the only vehicle that can outrun it, and the only way to evade a Lightning is to turn back and retreat towards your base. Though it won’t beat a full-on battle tank in a head-on fight, it can easily strafe around it to take it down from behind.

If you want to see more PlanetSide 2 action, check out our 12-minute video of in-game footage..


  • Rub3z - April 26, 2012 7:57 p.m.

    Holy crap, the way you describe this tank sounds like it'll be very overpowered. 2 rounds per second? 2nd fastest ground vehicle? Ammunition that has built-in anti-air capability? Damn. Guess I know which vehicle I'll be jumping in whenever get the chance. :P
  • torin-howe - April 26, 2012 2:21 p.m.

    They haven't announced beta yet, however there is something happening at e3 sooo mebe beta around then? like I said they have not announced a beta date or a shipping date yet.Also if you want more info, go to Planetside Universe, they have tons of stuff on it, and the devs are active in their forums as well.
  • ThundaGawd - April 26, 2012 1:13 p.m.

    Does anyone know when the beta's supposed to launch? I signed up for it last year, and I thought the closed beta was launching this month, but I haven't seen any confirmation regarding this rumor D:

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