CCP Games recently announced that the highly anticipated DUST 514, the massively multiplayer online first-person shooter (MMOFPS), will be free-to-play on the PlayStation 3. Closed private trials of DUST 514 began in December 2011 and will be organically expanding throughout the beta period. The first global hands-on demonstration of DUST 514 will take place at CCP’s EVE Fanfest 22nd-24th March in Reykjavik, Iceland, and all attendees will receive invitations to the private trial ahead of the videogame’s launch later this year.
Upon the launch of DUST 514, players will be able to download the videogame for free via PlayStation Network and jump directly into the virtual world. DUST 514 is promising to deliver exhilarating team-based combat on thousands of planets within the vast reaches of the EVE Universe. Mercenary teams in DUST 514 will work closely with starship pilots in EVE Online to wage battles, acquire territory, amass wealth and build empires.
“DUST 514 has everything you could want in a shooter: thrilling gameplay, spectacular graphics and an incredible strategic depth that comes from sharing the living universe of EVE Online,” said CCP CEO Hilmar Pétursson. “DUST 514 embodies the passion and creativity the world has come to expect from CCP, and we think PlayStation 3 owners will be amazed at the opportunity to play such a groundbreaking new game of this caliber for free.”
“As the first true free-to-play FPS on PS3, Dust 514 signifies a big step forward in the evolution of console gaming,” said Phil Rosenberg, SVP of Business Development, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC. “PS3 is the only platform where players will experience a AAA game like this for free and showcases our commitment to deliver the best games exclusively on PlayStation Network.”
The videogame is scheduled to launch later this year, and as DUST 514 is the first console videogame of its kind, set in the massive shared, persistent EVE Universe, all eyes are set to be firmly locked on its progress. Electronic Theatre will keep you updated with all the latest details on DUST 514.