EVE Online studio, CCP Games, has announced that massively multiplayer online shooter, DUST 514, will be subject to a slew of “rapid-fire updates” in the coming months.
Starting with Uprising 1.2, CCP confirmed that updates will occur on a near-monthly basis as the developer attempts to retune a number of 514’s core gameplay elements including aiming, character movement, vehicles and control layout. This is in response to the feedback from fans and critics after the game launched last month to a lukewarm reception.
In our own review we picked up on DUST 514’s needlessly complicated meta game and a few other fundamental issues. Though ambitious and unique, at present, the gameplay side of things simply doesn’t hold up.
Aside from a comprehensive list of stability improvements and fixes, Uprising 1.2 will also bring a few new features to the table. Firstly, we have the Commando Class Dropsuit. In DUST 514, Dropsuits are basically customisable loadouts each with their own role on the battlefield. The Commando’s unique function is that it can carry two primary weapons into battle instead of having to compromise for a side-arm.
Other updates include refinements to audio and graphics as well as “Optimal, Effective, and Absolute range on all handheld weapons.” In essence, 514 will now modify damage depending how close you are to a target, depending which weapon you’re carrying.
The game has a long way to go but it’s great to see that CCP didn’t just leave DUST 514 to be squashed under the negative feedback at launch. With the game planned for a PS4 release, hopefully it will be on par with other big-name shooters before Sony’s next-gen contender launches.
Source: DUST 514
- Developer:CCP Games
- Publisher:CCP Games
- Platforms:PS3, PS4
- Release Date:14/05/2013