The highly anticipated PlayStation 3 exclusive DUST 514 is picking-up speed with its ongoing beta testing phase, and the development team working on the videogame are keen to have gamers understand that there is much more to come. Speaking openly about the project, Executive Producer Brandon Laurino has written an open letter about the latest updates, and a new build that will be available soon.
DUST 514 is a free-to-play first-person shooter (FPS) set within CCP Games’ EVE universe. Connecting to the popular massively multiplayer online (MMO) videogame, EVE Online, DUST 514 promises to push the boundaries of interconnected videogame experiences. Below follows the open letter from Laurino, and Electronic Theatre will keep you updated with all the latest details on DUST 514.
Greetings from Shanghai and the DUST 514 development team! I’m Brandon Laurino, Executive Producer for DUST 514, here to let you know what’s going on in development, and bring you a sneak preview of the improvements coming to the DUST 514 Closed Beta with our “Precursor” release on August 21st. Whether you’re a hardcore beta tester or just casually interested in DUST 514, next week’s update marks another significant milestone as the game moves towards Open Beta.
The first *live* DUST 514 / EVE Online integration
When the Precursor Closed Beta build goes live, players on the Sisi server in DUST 514 and EVE Online can chat in real time and send in-game mail between games. We can’t wait to see what happens when these games collide in the same shared universe, and we’ll bring you more info on additional interconnectivity features as we move towards our next releases.
Orbital Strike Framework
This is just the first level of Orbital Strike capability. In the near future, players on the ground in DUST 514 will be able to request strikes from ships piloted by EVE Online players. These strikes have the potential to do far more damage than the War Barge, their accuracy and power determined by factors like your DUST 514 Merc’s skills and what turrets the EVE Online pilots have trained and fit to their spaceships.
But Mercs on the ground won’t be helpless. We’ll soon add the Orbital Artillery outpost on the ground they can use to attack EVE Online ships in space.
Instant Battle Matchmaking
Keyboard and Mouse Implementation
Tons of Other Great Stuff (including lots of polish, graphical enhancements, and bug fixes)
In addition, we’re launching a free companion app on the Vita, DUST 514: Neocom, to augment your gameplay experience and let you customize your fittings, train skills, use the market, browse the starmap, and much more, on the go anytime and anywhere.
Log In and Check it Out
We invite you to log in, check out the Closed Beta, and let us know what you think. We’ve made a ton of improvements to DUST 514 since Closed Beta testing started. CCP is committed to making this revolutionary game and service a success, just as we’ve done with EVE Online, and we will continue to improve your experience constantly for years to come.
I hope you enjoy the Precursor update to DUST 514, and I’ll see you on the battlefield!
- Brandon Laurino, Executive Producer