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E3 2011: CCP explains how Dust 514 will merge with EVE Online

Icelandic developer CCP has dished out more details on how its recently announced shooter for the PS3, Dust 514, will integrate with nearly every aspect of its long running PC MMO, EVE Online. According to CCP community manager James Egan, the so-called EVE-Dust Link will represent something of a first for the industry, allowing players of the PS3 exclusive unfettered access to EVE Online's virtual economy, interplanetary resources and established community.

“'Persistence' is the key word here,” wrote Egan on the US PlayStation Blog, explaining, “The world of Dust 514 doesn’t spawn when you fire up your PlayStation 3 — it’s always there and always being experienced and influenced by other players in the EVE universe. When you take part in events in the EVE universe through combat in Dust 514, you’re taking part in something greater than your own individual experience of that world.”

According to Egan, players' actions in Dust 514 will have immediate repercussions in EVE Online, shaping economies and entire systems with every hostile take-over and intergalactic conflict.

“Your actions have significance. The EVE universe is made up of thousands of solar systems, each with a number of planets within those systems. Those same planets seen in EVE Online, where the MMO players create various planetary structures and colonies, are the potential battlegrounds of Dust 514,” he added.

As for community integration, Egan noted Dust 514 will be able to link up with their EVE Online counterparts through the game's social networking portal, EVE Gate. That said, Egan admitted CCP integrating a whole new player base into an existing 8-year old hierarchy won't necessarily be a cake-walk, adding, “There are definitely challenges ahead, with a unified console and PC gamer community each influencing a shared setting through their respective types of gameplay. Rivalries, alliances and, dare I say, even some drama. Interesting times.”

Dust 514 has been tagged for a Spring 2012 release. Expect further details (and inevitable bitching  from the EVE Online PC crowd) as that date approaches. You can also read all of Egan's early rundown of the EVE-Dust Link at the US PlayStation Blog.

June 7, 2011

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12 comments

  • FVHound - June 8, 2011 9:31 a.m.

    @Bloodstorm You do know EVE is a pc only exclusive right? I don't know the numbers, but I can assure you, they money they save NOT porting it the other consoles, and running other servers for other consoles, the cheaper it is for them. Lots of people own an xbox, lots of people own a PS3, and Lots more own a pc.
  • FVHound - June 8, 2011 9:29 a.m.

    @Hdfisise I Think it should be on the pc as well as the Ps3, since you know people who play EVE are only on the pc, but if you're going on about why isn't it on xbox360? Because you have Gears and Halo, We need something of our own.
  • Bloodstorm - June 7, 2011 10:02 p.m.

    Console exclusivity = lamest decision ever. They are not going to get enough people playing from just one console to make any use of this in the EVE universe.
  • SideOfBeef - June 7, 2011 9:47 p.m.

    le name is le incorrect, just like mon francais. Anyway, I think there could be some cool interplay, but from the look of the trailers I'm almost certain the gameplay will end up being rather shallow/dull. See Section 8.
  • Ninja-KiLLR - June 7, 2011 9:35 p.m.

    this game looks awesome cant wait and yeah there is alot of jumping between the numbers in this article tho.
  • Markstone - June 7, 2011 9:32 p.m.

    Sounds awesome, but EVE players won't be to happy about PS3 players influencing events. Also, I'm curious as to how this is going to work, for example do EVE players "hire" PS3 players to fight for their company or will it just be random matches that have effects for everyone based on which side wins?
  • foxyexplosion - June 7, 2011 9:15 p.m.

    Chinese Communist Party?
  • Hdfisise - June 7, 2011 9:11 p.m.

    Why did they make it a PS3 exclusive : (
  • McSpermie - June 7, 2011 8:59 p.m.

    "Dust 541"? "Dust 451"? Are you guys joshing or something?
  • GamesRadarMichaelGrimm - June 7, 2011 8:57 p.m.

    @Unoriginal Edited, thanks.
  • Mortified_Cow - June 7, 2011 8:55 p.m.

    I love Eve Online and this looks interesting. \
  • Unoriginal - June 7, 2011 8:50 p.m.

    CCP is swedish?

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