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A while back I played Planetside for a time. I remember sometimes not being able to get to a particular continent because the number of players on it was too high.

How many players were allowed on a continent at once? Was it an overall cap, or a cap of players per faction (e.g. to keep battles more even)? Basically, what was the maximum number of people your faction could be facing in a particular battle at any time?

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According to this wiki article, the number has changed multiple times, so it'd would depend on when you played.

Points from the article:

  • In 2003 the population cap for an empire was 2/3rds total for a continent (total estimated around 500-550 players), leaving 1/3rd to split between the other two factions.
  • In 2004 the population cap for an empire was reduced to 166 players.
  • In 2005 the population cap for an empire was reduced to it's current 133 players.
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