CCP Games today announced they are moving forward with the development of their upcoming MMOFPS and tie in to the long standing hit MMO Space Sim “Eve Online” with the start of the open beta period for Dust 514, which we had a chance to see (and even play a little) at E3 2012.
We got an email from CCP Games, makers of Dust 514 and Eve Online, this morning. Here’s a little bit of what they had to say:
DUST 514 is officially in open beta, free to download and play for anyone with a PlayStation®3. Having recently connected DUST 514 with EVE Online, CCP has forged an unprecedented persistent single-shard universe of incredible depth and scale. Now EVE Online’s expansive New Eden Universe connects two different games across PC and console platforms in real time. This is the first time two games from different genres and different platforms, a PC space combat simulator and a console first-person shooter, have been linked together into one massive online gaming experience.
Now that DUST 514 has entered open beta, mercenaries will begin to shape their careers in earnest as there are no further character resets planned and every shot, every battle and every contract counts. Going forward, all skill upgrades, weapon choices, dropsuit selections and vehicle fittings will shape the fighting strategies and the battles of all mercenaries in DUST 514.
This open beta is a big chunk of progress in the process of CCP reaching their goals for the Eve univers, which has been around for quite some time and still continues to get huge props from gamers all over the world, being one of the highest rated MMO’s in history…Currently, that is, and into the future as CCP promises to continually push and improve the EVE experience, as well as that of Dust 514, by adding more and more content and continually improving and deepening the integration between the two titles.
Dust 514 is an intense, infantry combat game with large battles and a deep character advancement system, which will be exclusive to the Playstation 3 console and will tie directly in to the Eve Online universe…Actions Dust 514 players take will effect how things happen in Eve Online, and vice versa.
DUST 514 is in open beta now and is available exclusively on PlayStation 3. For more information, visit www.dust514.com and follow the game on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/DUST514) and Twitter (@dust514).