Project Legion was announced by EVE Online developer CCP during EVE Fanfest today, as a PC re-imagining of DUST 514, its PlayStation 3 online shooter.
According to Eurogamer’s man on the ground at the festivities, Project Legion is “a new approach to being a mercenary on the ground”, according to CCP boss Hilmar Veigar Pétursson.
“It’s almost that experience made anew,” he said. “It’s taking all we learned from Dust and almost making a new game from scratch, even though it’s the same team doing a first-person shooter, so they’re very experienced now. And we’ve made good headway on it.
“[It'] significantly different. It’s almost more a revolution than an evolution, and that’s why we’re calling it Project Legion, because it’s, frankly, more like a new game.”
At present the game is only announced for PC and fan reception during EVE Fanfest this week will determine whether it will release on consoles or stay on PC.
The game was developed in a scant few months at CCP Shanghai, due to assets of the free-to-play MMO already created for the PS3 version. It will maintain the same sandbox-style gameplay as is inherent in the EVE universe according to the developers.
Project Legion is just a placeholder title at the moment, and like its predecessor, it will be F2P.
The DUST keynote is going on right now, so if more information is revealed, we’ll be sure to update this post.