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Dust 514 and Eve to merge

Dust 514 and Eve to merge

Dust 514 was first announced in 2009 and is currently still in closed beta.

CCP's Playstation 3 shooter Dust 514 and Eve Online are merging their servers together today to allow players from the two very different games to interact and influence each other.

Players in Dust 514 will be visible in the spaceship MMO's local chat and will be able to join existing Eve corporations. The merge will happen during the daily maintenance down time for Eve Online.

CCP's cross platform experiment means that ship pilots in Eve will be able to influence battles in Dust 514 with orbital strikes and mercenaries from Dust 514 will be able to influence the outcome of faction warfare, one of the PVP mechanics of Eve Online.

Although players will be able to freely communicate between the two games, the universe's currency, ISK, will not be able to freely move between players straight away for fears that it would upset Eve Online's delicate economy.

UI changes to accommodate Dust 514 players and blueprints for orbital strike weaponry have been in Eve for some time now.

Dust 514 is still in closed beta and following today's merge, it will be the last time that those players testing it will have their skills reset, implying that it is nearing the end of its testing phase. The game's actual release date is however still yet to be announced.

CCP's Playstation 3 shooter experiment was first announced at GDC 2009. The developers wowed crowds by showing off the interaction between Eve Online and Dust 514 by demonstrating an Eve pilot firing an orbital strike and a Dust mercenary witnessing its effects.

Eve Online is a subscription based MMO with approximately 400,000 players. It first debuted 10 years ago and remains a fairly unique MMO due to its focus on emergent gameplay. Developers CCP are known to support player driven events with additional server infrastructure deployed for areas that they know are going to be heavily used and very rarely step in to prevent anything from taking place, even if it can have drastic effects on the world's economy or the experiences of others.

Eve Online players are known to develop a sense of paranoia and the general advice given to new players is that if you don't know another pilot and they start talking to you, it is probably part of a plot to kill you and take your things.

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mi1ez 10th January 2013, 11:09 Quote
That's pretty cool...
Parge 10th January 2013, 11:37 Quote
I played Dust 514 at Eurogamer. I found it generic, and uninspiring. As a standalone FPS released in the FPS saturated world we live in today, it would tank.
jrs77 10th January 2013, 12:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by Parge
I played Dust 514 at Eurogamer. I found it generic, and uninspiring. As a standalone FPS released in the FPS saturated world we live in today, it would tank.

It's not a standalone FPS however ;)

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It was a bold move from CCP to try and pull something like that off, and alot of people only complain about Dust514 and don't see it's upsides. It's the first MMO-FPS on a console to ever interact with another MMORPG on the PC and as Microsoft didn't allow that with their XLive, CCP had no other chance then to team up with Sony and release it for the PS3.

OK, some might ask, why it's not released for the PC and the answer is actually quiet simple: level the playingfield.
With the PS3, everyone has the same performance and the platform is rather resiliant to hacking and cheating, which is a good thing to have for a competitive FPS. Additionally, you can natively use a keyboard and mouse and so the downside of a console iss actually gone.
Tigernos 10th January 2013, 15:13 Quote
I'm gonna log into my eve account and bomb someone from orbit :)
jrs77 10th January 2013, 15:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tigernos
I'm gonna log into my eve account and bomb someone from orbit :)

You need to team up with the Dust514-players first to do so. You can't simply go and bomb a planet at will
ccxo 10th January 2013, 19:27 Quote
It will be interesting to see how the link develops between eve and dust, though its a shame ccp have not expanded the planetary bombarment to a free for all- 1400+ ships nuking the planets surface would be fun for eve players :)
Xir 11th January 2013, 07:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by ccxo
...1400+ ships nuking the planets would be fun for eve players :)
I'm sure it would be fun for the dust player ON that planet as well :D
blacko 11th January 2013, 09:41 Quote
i hope at some point they introduce some sort of carebear mining system in dust. I would love to be able to weld a pickaxe and mine veldspar haha.
Panos 11th January 2013, 10:57 Quote
If someone tries to play Dust, needs keyboard and mouse.
It rules over all those who try with the pad :D (from experience as beta tester in Dust)
Nikumba 11th January 2013, 14:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by blacko
i hope at some point they introduce some sort of carebear mining system in dust. I would love to be able to weld a pickaxe and mine veldspar haha.

lol @ carebear in Eve
Nexxo 11th January 2013, 17:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tigernos
I'm gonna log into my eve account and bomb someone from orbit :)

It's the only way to be sure. :p
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