Dust 514 and EvE Online servers will merge tomorrow, CCP confirms

By Dave Cook
9 January 2013 11:43 GMT

Dust 514 and EvE Online servers will become one as of tomorrow, marking the marrying of the PS3 and PC projects after CCP’s console shooter’s lengthy development cycle.

Eurogamer reports that while Dust 514 is still in closed beta, EvE Online players will be able to interact with them.

VG247 spoke with CCP Games at length about Dust 514’s cross-game functionality at gamescom last year. We discussed cross-chat, orbital strikes, cross-game corporations, the way both games share the same economy and more. It’s mind-bogglingly complex, but rather brilliant in tandem.

In a dev blog regarding the server merge, CCP Nullarbor said, “This is a massive technical and game design endeavour and so the overlap in gameplay is intentionally contained for now. It is of course very important that we do not upset the serious business of internet spaceships.”

Money transfers between both games will not be available at the outset however, as the post continues, “So, for this first release, any ISK transfer between EVE and DUST characters will be blocked. This will then be replaced by a taxable transfer mechanism with the intention of easing the currency control to 0% and removing it entirely once we are happy the economies have reached an equilibrium.”

It’s exciting times if you’re a player of either game. If you want to see the impact of EvE ship lasers frying Dust mercs on the ground, check out our video footage post from yesterday.

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