CCP Unveils Project Legion, A New EVE-Based Shooter For the PC
EVE Online developer CCP Games has announced an all-new FPS for the PC called Project Legion.
Dust 514 always struck me as very odd, not because I don’t like the idea of tying an FPS into an MMO, but because it’s exclusive to the PlayStation 3, while EVE Online is a PC title. But at this year’s EVE Fanfest, CCP announced that it’s bringing the action to the mouse-and-keyboard set, not with Dust 514 but with something all new: Project Legion.
Details are still pretty thin at this point – it’s still in prototype phase, and a three-day Icelandic blowout probably isn’t the best place to discuss the intricacies of an early-stage video game project anyway – but as reported by The Escapist, Dust 514 Executive Producer Jean-Charles Gaudechon said during the EVE Fanfest presentation that the studio is focusing on a few core elements as it develops the game: emergent gameplay, a true sandbox experience and a player-driven economy, all very much in the vein of EVE Online.
It’s early days, but the Project Legion announcement naturally leads to questions about the future of Dust 514, which hasn’t exactly blown away critics or attracted an audience of overwhelming size. According to Destructoid, Gaudechon claimed that the two games will be sufficiently different than gamers may want to play them both, although that’s the sort of thing that perhaps should be taken with a grain or two of salt. I think the truth is that if Project Legion can gain traction with EVE’s more natural fan base – which is to say, PC players – it may well signal the beginning of the end of the PS3 experiment.