EVE Fanfest 2015: Project Legion may be in development limbo

    
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At last year’s EVE Online Fanfest, developer CCP Games announced Project Legion, a complete reimagining of failed console MMOFPS DUST 514 for the PC. DUST launched on PS3 back in 2013 to a lacklustre reception, failing to meet the company’s goals of drawing millions of console gamers into the universe of EVE Online. A potential relaunch on PC with revamped gameplay had some EVE players excited at last year’s fanfest, but this year CCP has been oddly silent on the title.

Yesterday’s keynote speech at EVE Fanfest 2015 mentioned Legion only in passing by CEO Hilmar, who said there was “nothing to report on it” but that devs are still “exploring in that area.” Questions about Legion have been met with fairly universal silence throughout the event, and the message now is that development efforts are continuing on DUST 514. Jeremy Peel over at PC Games N spoke with CCP’s Shanghai office managing director Jean-Charles Gaudechon today and managed to tease a little more information out of him on the current state of Legion and DUST 514.

legion2Gaudechon was wary of creating expectations by giving out a lot of information on the current state of Legion, but was able to confirm that it is still under development as part of work on DUST. Rather than building a new PC game from scratch, the studio is now trying to fix all of the problems with DUST before confirming a port to the PC. This is a huge departure from last year’s plan of rebuilding the gameplay from the ground up, but it may make more sense.

DUST 514‘s playerbase is small, but the player activity is now fairly stable, with about 2,400 players online at any one time. Rather than abandoning those players as was feared last year, developers seem to be refocused on making DUST 514 the best it can possibly be and then see whether it will translate to PC. While PC is definitely still a target, Gaudechon wasn’t able to confirm that a PC release would definitely happen. With this year’s Fanfest theme being real features and content that can be delivered inside of a year, the silence on Legion is understandable if a little disappointing to those who were looking forward to an EVE FPS on PC.

Massively Overpowered is on the ground in Reykjavik, Iceland, for EVE Fanfest 2015, bringing you expert coverage from EVE, Valkyrie, DUST, and everything else CCP has up its sleeve!
Disclosure: In accordance with Massively OP’s ethics policy, we must disclose that CCP paid for our writer’s travel and accommodation to this event and is providing the press with food and entertainment. CCP has neither requested nor been granted any control or influence over our coverage of the event. The studio did give the press big bright yellow bags, but that might just be so developers can see us from a distance and run the other way.
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Fantastico
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Fantastico

Wow CCP. How far the mighty have fallen.

Nyphur
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Nyphur

Elirion That was actually kind of the theme of this year’s Fanfest, that they refused to announce anything that wouldn’t definitely be happening within the next year. They did that for the most part last year and it was a huge success, but then they announced Legion out of nowhere. I guess part of me knew that the Legion announcement was too much and that it would take so much work that we might not have anything by this year’s Fanfest. They shouldn’t have announced it if they weren’t 100% sure on it, and it seems that lesson was learned for this year. I guess we’ll find that out over the next year of development.

Midgetsnowman
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Midgetsnowman

spacetail after seeing what they had built I was considerably less sad. I may be a mage and changeling fan who only somewhat likes vampire..but vampire didnt deserve..that.

Midgetsnowman
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Midgetsnowman

Norlamin Preach yo.

Necromonger
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Necromonger

Its Eve players who pay the bills for these kind of projects.
And alot of us want Legion and no console crap or anything like Dust514.

They also remain silent about the Supercap nerf / changes as they know that if they make it boosters they will loose thousands of subs the same day.
They are milking these players out and the reason they dont have anything to say about the supers is that they have no clue what to do with these vessels.

Years worth of training and keeping a second account active is not something you decide to throw away, and CCP knows they walk a thin line here.
1 mistake can make or break Eve Online, they dont have the luxery of letting thousands of accounts go dorment.

They should have made Dust 514 for PC and PS3 / PS4 so i realy dont understand wtf they are doing…
And World of Darkness…….dear god i was looking forward to it so much after all these mmo failures the past decade :(

I hope CCP can make Eve alot better as this is the only mmo worth playing for me, sov 5.0 better be good and it looks like its going the right way.
Eve 2015 is looking realy interesting.

Elirion
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Elirion

I was really excited to hear more about Legion.  CCP hasn’t put anything out about it since last years fan fest and now they might be canceling it?  I’m going to stop bothering with CCP’s announcements until the product is actually released.  It seems they have trouble following through with projects to completion.

FineFineValentine
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FineFineValentine

Well, last year, they said they were going to follow the EVE VR / EVE Valkyrie model of putting it out there and seeing how the response was. Whereas EVE VR looked amazing and captured everyone’s attention – a clear success that absolutely deserved a development push – Legion’s announcement last year was met with worry from Dust players(?) and bewilderment by Eve players(?) and indifference from everyone else. 

I didn’t expect to see this ever again with that kind of reception. I was hoping that CCP would have a new Virtual Reality demo to show off instead.

Lateris
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Lateris

Nyphur I have this reoccurring dream that CCP games announces that Eve Online will be converted to the Unreal Engine.

Lateris
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Lateris

alexjwillis  I play Dust514 and Eve. I love the New Eden Universe as well. I think it’s pretty damn cool that the site did this article. But I have to admit after being involved on the Project Legion forum that the lack of communication from the devs has been terrible.

Cujo H
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Cujo H

This is a company that I do not care for.