Surprise! That's the way I felt this morning when I opened my inbox to find this little tidbit concerning EVE Online nestled in its folds. Apparently the recently leaked DUST 514 title that CCP had legally nabbed is going to be the name for its upcoming console-based MMOFPS set within the EVE Universe. Sounds pretty cool, right?
It gets better. Apparently the game will actually interact with EVE Online in some capacity. While I don't really know what that encompasses, the idea *sounds* intriguing. Below you'll find the official announcement plus two screenshots. Check 'em out!
CCP today revealed DUST 514Â, a console-based hybrid MMO/FPS set within the EVE universe. The announcement, which included a video featuring gameplay footage, was made during a keynote address by CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Petursson at the Game Developers Conference in Cologne, Germany.
DUST 514, featuring first-person shooter and RTS-style gameplay, will interact directly with EVE Online, CCPÂs critically acclaimed flagship MMO. This interplay between the two games opens the EVE universe to console gamers and gives them a chance to become part of one of the most massive cooperative play and social experiences ever.
ÂWe launched EVE Online in 2003 and have experienced steady annual growthÂ a fact we appreciate as a rarity in the world of MMOs, especially given the global economy of the past year,Â said Petursson. ÂOur success with EVE Online has afforded us the highest caliber global design and production talent in gaming. With a team of the best minds in the industry, we conceived an ambitious new take on virtual world development with DUST 514.Â
The primary gameplay of DUST 514 features brutal ground combat that takes place on the surface of planets from EVE, delivering the visceral, adrenaline-fueled experience of futuristic firefights. Developed for the current generation of consoles, DUST 514 combines equal parts battlefield reflexes and strategic planning, giving commanders and ground infantry real-time configurable weapons and modular vehicles to manage dynamic battlefield conditions.
Now entering its third year of production, DUST 514 is the primary development focus of CCPÂs Shanghai studio. The team includes veteran designers of EVE Online and experienced talent from various sectors of the video game industry.
ÂSince opening our Shanghai studio, we have invested in building a team that wants to push the envelope in gaming and be pioneers in the industry,Â said Kjartan Pierre Emilsson, Managing Director of CCP Shanghai. ÂHaving led the design and development efforts of the project from start to finish, our studio is honored to call DUST 514 our first title release.Â
Further details will be revealed at CCPÂs annual Fanfest event October 1-3, 2009 in Reykjavik, Iceland.
That's all that we know so far, but stay tuned to Ten Ton Hammer for more DUST 514 news and information!