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TSA’s Top 100 of 2011 – #85 DUST 514

Ashes to ashes.

Synergy is a word you’re likely to hear on corporate conference calls around the globe on a daily basis. The core concept is simple: two elements working in tandem will deliver a higher result than the output of both things working independently. CCP’s DUST 514 is the paragon of synergism.

Having already one super-popular persistent game in Eve Online, Icelanders CCP will launch symbiotic MMOFPS DUST 514 next year. Based in the same universe as Eve Online on the PC, console-bound DUST 514 will focus on the ground battles that rage on the myriad of worlds populating the 7,500 star systems Eve players have been fighting over for years.

Events in both games will influence the other. Controlling a planet with soldiers in DUST 514 will result in the planet’s political allegiances changing in the Eve Online world. Communities from both games are expected to merge over time, with DUST 514 players able to communicate with their space-faring PC cohorts, offering assistance in campaigns and generally “doing the dying while the fleet does the flying.” Accordingly, Eve Online players can fund mercenaries and set objectives for console players. DUST 514 players themselves will have a commander who can dictate battles through an RTS-esque interface. Customisable vehicles will also feature.

The blurring of lines between genres and platforms is something that has us polishing our space-boots, giddy with excitement. Not only does this take the massiveness of games such as MAG to the next level, but the opportunity of joining an already robust online community (Eve Online has 300,000 monthly subscribers) and participating in a multi-tiered/multi-platform war is literally breaking new grounds in gaming. Also, as we’re sure you’ll agree from watching the debut trailer below, it’s also no harm that DUST 514 looks absolutely gorgeous.

It was announced at FANFEST 2009 that DUST 514 will be free to play and use the micro-transaction model.

Quote paraphrased from CEO of CCP Hilmar Veigar Petursson speaking with Gamasutra.

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31 Comments
  1. Person678
    BOOM! Headshot!
    Since: Jan 2009

    Sounds like a brilliant idea.

    Comment posted on 01/11/2010 at 16:02.
    • iiekka
      Member
      Since: Feb 2009

      +1 sounds really intresting will keep an eye on this one, i did give eve ago a while back gave up after about 5 mins.

      Comment posted on 01/11/2010 at 18:49.
  2. yogdog
    Member
    Since: Feb 2010

    Thanks for the heads up! Never heard of this, which I’m surprised about…
    Firmly on my radar now.

    Comment posted on 01/11/2010 at 16:03.
  3. BIGAL-1992
    Member
    Since: Jan 2009

    I’ve been keeping an eye on this for ages. Sounds promising, but I’d like to see proper gameplay.

    Comment posted on 01/11/2010 at 16:06.
    • BIGAL-1992
      Member
      Since: Jan 2009

      Oh yeah, a word of warning. Be weary of who you fight with in the EVE universe, or else this could happen to you:http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=180867&site=pcg

      Comment posted on 01/11/2010 at 16:15.
      • moshi
        Member
        Since: Jun 2009

        That’s quite a plan they had there, maybe a team TSA will be in order to patrol the skies

        Comment posted on 01/11/2010 at 16:54.
      • jikomanzoku
        Member
        Since: Jan 2010

        It’s the stories like that, the skullduggery, the economy and the great art and audio that sucked me into EVE, such a nice alternative to the candyfloss likes of WOW.

        Nice link Al :D

        Comment posted on 01/11/2010 at 20:06.
  4. carson321
    Member
    Since: May 2009

    lol, starship troopers, what a movie!

    Comment posted on 01/11/2010 at 16:22.
    • Kovacs
      Member
      Since: Dec 2009

      Do you want to know more?

      Comment posted on 01/11/2010 at 16:27.
      • carson321
        Member
        Since: May 2009

        lol, have you watched it recently?>?

        Comment posted on 01/11/2010 at 16:38.
      • Kovacs
        Member
        Since: Dec 2009

        Nope – but who could forget that wonderful line?

        Comment posted on 01/11/2010 at 16:41.
  5. Tuffcub
    On the naughty step.
    Since: Dec 2008

    I’m wondering how they plan to get round the closed environment that is XBox Live. Every other MMO (FF14 for example) has found that Microsoft’s insistance on a closed system means multi platform MMOs are impossible. If Dust is to work alongside EVE then there is now way Dust is coming to 360 – unless MS open up Xbox Live. (Hint: They wont)

    Comment posted on 01/11/2010 at 16:48.
    • Kovacs
      Member
      Since: Dec 2009

      Aha! It was announced at FANFEST 2009 that DUST 514 will be free to play and use the micro-transaction model.

      (Which I’ve just added to the above.)

      So, shouldn’t be an issue getting it on to Xbox 360.

      Comment posted on 01/11/2010 at 17:52.
  6. 3shirts
    Member
    Since: Aug 2008

    Promote Synergy LIKE A BOSS

    Comment posted on 01/11/2010 at 16:54.
  7. eirekun
    Member
    Since: Sep 2009

    Did not know about that game, looks fantastic & I reckon I’d last longer than the hour I managed on EVE-online.

    Comment posted on 01/11/2010 at 17:06.
  8. Origami Killer
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    looks cool, but a bit like killzone

    Comment posted on 01/11/2010 at 17:40.
  9. bunimomike
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    What a lovely trailer. There’s something about massive spaceships drifting slowly and quietly through space that makes me happy.

    Not sure this sort of game will be for me but thanks for bringing it to my attention. T’is splendid.

    Comment posted on 01/11/2010 at 18:30.
    • yogdog
      Member
      Since: Feb 2010

      Agreed on the spaceship part, I find it relaxing, weirdly.
      That trailer is very good, certiantly piqued my interest.

      Comment posted on 01/11/2010 at 18:58.
  10. mynameisblair
    hisnameisblair
    Since: May 2009

    Ah, had to do a presentation on EVE (although I’ve never played it) and researched this – looks interesting, the industry/fighting split is interesting in EVE.

    Comment posted on 01/11/2010 at 19:45.

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