Dust 514 going free-to-play, getting Vita ‘companion’ app
Dust 514, the EVE Online tie-in shooter headed to PS3, will be a free-to-play experience, terminating previous plans to have an entry fee at the gate. The entire game will now be supported via microtransactions.
Executive producer Brandon Laurino assured Eurogamer that Dust 514 would not be home to a “pay to win” scenario that forces players to purchase that which they need to succeed. Developer CCP is working to sell items that enhance the experience, but won’t necessarily pave the way to an easy victory. If you spend the cash, you won’t gain what Laurino calls an “unfair” advantage over the more thrifty gamers. It’ll be quite interesting to see what benefits actually await those with fatter wallets.
The game is getting a spin-off on the PlayStation Vita, although it won’t be a port of the game in any way. Instead, it’ll be a “companion app” with its own gameplay system. Right now, it looks like it’ll be a way to manage your inventory and use the marketplace while away from the PS3. Useful for anybody who becomes addicted to the thing, I suppose.
The game is due out in the Summer, and it’s certainly looking exciting. The connectivity with EVE Online, not to mention the added Vita support, makes this a damn intriguing and ambitious concept. I hope it turns out well!