Beleaguered MMO maker Sony Online Entertainment has stalled the release of PlanetSide Next following huge lay-offs announced last week.

The good news, however, is that PlanetSide Next will benefit from additional resources now that spy-themed MMO The Agency has been cancelled and the company streamlined.

"PlanetSide Next is getting More resources and will be out a little later in the year but we are pulling out all the stops to make it great," Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley told PlanetSide Universe.

Details of PlanetSide Next are scarce, but we do know Sony plans an evolution rather than a revolution of the well liked PlanetSide IP.

Sony Online Entertainment last week announced the closure of three studios, a move that cut 205 jobs and cancelled PS3 and PC action MMO The Agency.

Top of the company's agenda alongside PlanetSide Next will now be EverQuest Next - an accessible reinterpretation of the iconic MMO of yesteryear.

The implied but unwritten message of Sony Online Entertainment's restructuring is that DC Universe Online did not pull in the punters, despite Smedley optimistically announcing it was SOE's fastest selling game.

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