One notable omission from Sony’s E3 press conference was Dust 514. As a game that is trying something different, both by being free-to-play and with its real-time links with the PC-based persistent universe of CCP’s EVE Online, not to mention the dedicated PS Vita app it’s receiving it is surprising that Sony made no mention of it.
Fortunately for those of us trying to keep up with the game’s developments a new post on the EU PS Blog feeds us some tasty morsels to keep us going. First up is news of a new beta event starting on 29 June and running over that weekend. A “big wave of invites” will be going out for that soon. If you haven’t signed up for the beta yet you can do so here.
This is an example of the game play you can expect:
Users of PlayStation Home will be able to visit the DUST 514 space, a War Barge cantina in the EVE Universe, where you can learn about the game’s setting and win virtual stuff for your virtual Home. More excitingly completing all the activities could earn you one of 10,000 codes to DUST 514’s closed beta. Once they have all gone all is not lost as the space will stay live and they plan to offer more beta codes in the future.
Then there is the first news of what to expect from DUST 514’s companion PS Vita app, called the DUST 514: Neocom, which will focus on customisation, communication and trade.
Every character you use can be customized via DUST 514: Neocom, so you can create and edit customized fittings (load-outs) with a ton of different dropsuits, weapons, vehicles, items and more.
You’ll also be able to use Neocom to access the in-game Mail system and Friends List, as well as use the Market to get new stuff for your character from the DUST 514 Marketplace using either ISK (in-game earned currency) or Aurum (purchased currency). DUST 514: Neocom is rolling out this year alongside DUST 514.
Though not normally into competitive online multi-player shooters, for some reason I am really excited for DUST 514.
How about you?