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CCP Eliminates DUST 514 Cover Charge

Posted Mon, Mar 05, 2012 by Martuk

Accessibility to EVE Online’s MMOFPS tie-in, DUST 514, just got a lot easier provided that you have a PlayStation 3. In a recent interview with Eurogamer, CCP Executive Producer Brandon Laurino stated that the developer has eliminated the previously discussed cover charge for DUST 514. While the mandatory cover charge has been eliminated, Laurino indicated that CCP may still have a sort of optional starter pack for players to pick up if they want.

Laurino also noted in the interview that DUST 514’s Vita version will be a companion app and not the full game, but CCP does plan to make more changes and iterations post-launch as they explore the potential for Vita and PlayStation 3 features.

"At the most basic level, you can do transactions on the market; equip and customise your character, your vehicles; set up strategies with your friends and Corporation members - all of these sort of companion functions on the go.

Closed private trials for DUST 514 began in December 2011, but hands-on demos will be available to attendees of this year’s EVE Fanfest March 22nd-24th. Check out the press release below for more details.

Sources:
Eurogamer Brandon Laurino Interview 1
Eurogamer Brandon Laurino Interview 2

CCP Press Release


CCP'S DUST 514 TO BE THE FIRST TRUE FREE-TO-PLAY FPS ON CONSOLE, EXCLUSIVE TO PLAYSTATION 3 SYSTEM


Hands-On Demos to Take Place at EVE Fanfest 2012 March 22-24

REYKJAVIK, ICELAND–MARCH 5, 2012 – CCP Games today announced that DUST 514 , its fiercely innovative massively multiplayer online first-person shooter (MMOFPS) will be free-to-play on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. DUST 514 is the first console game of its kind, set in the massive shared, persistent EVE Universe. Players will be able to download the game for free via PlayStation®Network and jump directly into the most enthralling and sophisticated virtual world ever created. The first global hands-on demonstration of DUST 514 will take place at CCP’s EVE Fanfest March 22-24 in Reykjavik, Iceland.

“DUST 514 has everything you could want in a shooter: thrilling gameplay, spectacular graphics and an incredible strategic depth that comes from sharing the living universe of EVE Online,” said CCP CEO Hilmar Pétursson. “DUST 514 embodies the passion and creativity the world has come to expect from CCP, and we think PlayStation®3 owners will be amazed at the opportunity to play such a groundbreaking new game of this caliber for free.”
DUST 514 will deliver exhilarating team-based combat on thousands of planets within the vast reaches of the EVE Universe. Mercenary teams in DUST 514 will work closely with starship pilots in EVE Online to wage battles, acquire territory, amass wealth and build empires.

"As the first true free-to-play FPS on PS3™, Dust 514 signifies a big step forward in the evolution of console gaming," said Phil Rosenberg, SVP of Business Development, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC.  "PS3™ is the only platform where players will experience a AAA game like this for free and showcases our commitment to deliver the best games exclusively on PlayStation Network."
Closed private trials of DUST 514 began in December 2011 and will be organically expanding throughout the beta period. All Fanfest attendees will receive invitations to the private trial. The game is scheduled to launch later this year.

About CCP
CCP is recognized for the creation of revolutionary gaming experiences designed with a unique combination of stunning artistry and advanced technology. Best known as the independent developer and publisher of EVE Online, the critically-acclaimed, space-based massively multiplayer online game (MMO) and PC Gamer’s 2009 ‘MMO of the Year’, two additional titles are now in production: World of Darkness, a dark, immersive MMO based on the legendary roleplaying franchise of the same name; and DUST 514, the groundbreaking massively multiplayer online first-person shooter (MMOFPS) set in and linked to the EVE Online universe. Founded in Iceland in 1997, CCP is privately held and has offices in Atlanta, Newcastle, Reykjavik and Shanghai with a datacenter in London. More information can be found at www.ccpgames.com .

About EVE Online
EVE Online is a spectacular, captivating gaming experience where hundreds of thousands of players compete within the same virtual cosmic universe for riches, power, glory and adventure. In EVE, players can create and live out their most virtuous or sinister dreams, piloting starships through a futuristic galaxy featuring a sophisticated, player-run economy and a solar system rife with treasures to be discovered. With professions ranging from commodities trader to mercenary, industrial entrepreneur to pirate, mining engineer to battle fleet commander and more, EVE players have access to a diverse array of tools and interfaces to forge their own exhilarating path. EVE players can also interact within EVE Gate, a Web-based portal for the EVE community to connect, organize and communicate outside of the game itself. Learn more and sign up for a free trial at www.eveonline.com .

About DUST 514
DUST 514 is an MMOFPS from CCP Games set in a massive persistent universe and available exclusively for the Sony PlayStation 3. Bridging the PC and console platforms, DUST 514 delivers an immersive experience of brutal ground combat and strategic planetary conquest set in the thriving universe of CCP’s science-fiction MMO for PC and Mac, EVE Online. In DUST 514, mercenaries on the ground wage war to acquire territory, resources and notoriety, forging and breaking agreements with the starship pilots of EVE Online as they work together in real-time to control vast regions of deep space. Players in EVE Online and DUST 514 share a realistic, player-driven economy. Every action in DUST 514 has real consequences that ripple across a persistent universe spanning thousands of star systems. In DUST 514, unlike in any other game, your actions can truly topple empires. Learn more at www.dust514.com

"PlayStation" is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. All other trademarks and trade names are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

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This raises the question of just how Pay-to-Win this will be? Are we all ready to make entertaining displays of objection in Jita?

If only I had a PS3 to actually play it on anyway.

cool game!!!

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