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CCP: Dust 514 fills a need for “intuitive, familiar, speedier” EVE Online

Monday, 27th February 2012 00:51 GMT By Brenna Hillier

CCP recognises that not everyone wants to sign their life over to EVE Online, and that’s where DUST 514 comes in.

“We see Dust as a way to allow people to participate in this universe by offering them a more intuitive, familiar, speedier, quicker, shorter time-commitment type of experience,” CEO Hilmar Pétursson told Rock Paper Shotgun.

“EVE is a very particular type of experience, made for people who want to commit a lot of energy to have a game experience like that. Over the years we’ve seen a lot of people interested in the EVE universe, the single shard and the political drama, but might not be particularly looking for an experience like the game itself.

“It’s more about addressing that need, of letting them play the game as they want to, while still adding to the shared experience.”

EVE Online and DUST 514 share the same shard, and the two virtual worlds are connected by a space elevator, but Pétursson said the two game worlds won’t directly interconnect – for now. That said, players can communicate with each other cross-title.

“Already, we’re up and running with text chat between the two games,” he revealed.

“There will also be Evegate, a social networking tool in the universe, and we’re looking at allowing them to voice chat. We haven’t completed this yet.”

DUST 514 is a free-to-play PlayStation Network exclusive, due for release in northern summer. Players take on the role of mercenary, and accept commissions from EVE Online players, directly affecting events in both game worlds.

Thanks, Massively.

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  1. DarkElfa

    Having a PC game tie in be PS3 only was the worst idea since Han shooting first.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dragon246

    @DarkElfa, how did you know its a bad idea? Let me know too.:)

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Gekidami

    PC gamers.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. TraceableX

    ^LOL

    You are a casual gamer because you don’t game on PC
    Consoles-only games are mediocre because they aren’t on PC

    PC elitists and their amazing thinking. Keep going.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    @4, i have PC and PS3 + Vita now (play on all systems) and 90% of games on the consoles are mediocre casual experience at best while 10% of them are good hack and slash games, fighting games and cinematic games that works for the system and i will absolutely play DUST 514 on my PS3. But if it’s going to be a really good game remains to be seen and i’d prefer a PC version with mouse and keyboard setup where MMO shooters require not just a fast precision, but Macros and total character control not to mention about better resolution and better visuals and add-ons that players make.
    And it’s great that DUST 514 supports Mouse and keyboard for PS3 and i will only use that control scheme to play this game.

    Your point?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. OwnedWhenStoned

    in my experience FPS on consoles is not much fun.

    This is due to controller issues mainly, so it’s nice that it supports keyboard and mouse for the PS3.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Da Man

    Bow down, console gamers. It doesn’t matter if pros at MLG play it or not, we have 26 year old university students from Latvia who spent a whopping 500 hours on a game they hate, and can barely understand English after pointlessly urinating their nonsense on message boards for years. That’s all that matters.

    A smart guy once said: ‘In the province of mind, things are either true or they become true’. Yeah..

    #7 2 years ago
  8. viralshag

    /bows down.

    “DUST 514 is a free-to-play PlayStation Network”

    When they say F2P, what do they mean exactly? Is this going to be a free game or is it an MMO-FPS that we still need to buy and then not pay for monthly?

    I mean, if it’s free – great. If it’s a F2P MMOFPS – I wouldn’t have paid monthly for that anyway… I’m looking to give this a try either way as long as there is only one price tag or none at all.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. blackdreamhunk

    the game is going to flop!

    #9 2 years ago