Dust 514 will be free-to-play, PS Vita version will be a “companion app”

Dust 514 is dropping its cover charge. Today, CCP's Brandon Laurino confirmed via the US PlayStation Blog that the studio was axing its proposed $10 - $20 download fee for the PS3 multiplayer; a nominal charge that was to be converted into in-game currency, according to initial plans.

"We debated the cover charge idea for a while, kind of as a hybrid between the old business model (having to purchase a game) and this new one (free to play)," wrote Laurino, explaining, "As we watched the market evolve, gamers choices in free to play games evolve, our own tastes in free to play evolve and developing what’s needed to support it in collaboration with Sony, this just became the obvious way to go – no cover charge, completely free to play. It’s the right time."

Detailing the studio's free-to-play strategy in an interview with Eurogamer, Laurino said Dust 514 currency (aka Aurum credits) will be available to purchase on day one, and that the game's stores will be pre-loaded with “hundreds upon hundreds” of items for sale including vanity goods, skill point boosters, weapon variants, and building tools.

In a separate chat, Laurino shared details of Dust 514's PS Vita iteration, describing the portable version as a “companion app” that will allow players to micromanage their characters, equipment, and market transactions outside of the main game.

"We're also exploring all of the super fun exciting stuff - interesting gameplay opportunities and things like that. But we're not ready to talk about that," he added.

Dust 514 is due for download on PS3 later this year. CPP has not yet confirmed if its PS Vita off-shoot will also be a go for launch.


  • listerofsmeg42 - March 5, 2012 10:23 a.m.

    So where is the PS Vita version they were talking about when they announced the game. The app is stupid, I want the shooter for my Vita. Its kinda like they just gave us the finger, those whom were interested in a Vita version and would have gladly paid for it. C’mon guys bring it to the Vita its only going to be a “pint sized shooter” if thats what you make it. The Vita is capable and willing but you guys need to want to make it so.
  • Zaphod Beeblebrox - March 5, 2012 10:48 a.m.

    I don't think CCP have the pennies to make a separate Dust game for the PS Vita at the moment. I used to play EVE Online but got a wee bit pissed off with the lack of single player content. I know its supposed to be player driven world, but now and again I like interesting single player missions, which EVE lacks.
  • TheZigMan - March 5, 2012 8:33 p.m.

    You have to admit that the PVP and player driven economy is the best of any MMO ever released

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