DUST 514 will sunset on PS3 in May, replaced by new PC FPS

CCP Games has just announced that it will be sunsetting its EVE-universe shooter DUST 514 on the PlayStation 3 platform on May 30th. The company is planning a brand-new shooter for the PC; it’s currently “in an early phase of production” and is set in the same universe, but it’s not Project Legion exactly. DUST players will receive recognition rewards in the new game.

“CCP’s development team in Shanghai has been working on a prototype for a first-person shooter for PC with the goal of building a great FPS set in our sci-fi universe of New Eden (the universe in which EVE Online, DUST 514, EVE: Valkyrie, and Gunjack are set). Their experience is being utilized to build a new game from scratch using Unreal Engine 4 while harnessing all our learnings from DUST 514. This is in many ways an evolution of Project Legion, the concept we announced at EVE Fanfest 2014, but without the limitations of technical debt and development paths we quickly discovered in that effort that could never serve as a future-proof technology base for a full production game. This new project is still in an early phase of production, and we feel like we’re on the right track and plan to give an update at EVE Fanfest on April 21st as a part of the free livestream of the event. Since this new game will be different from DUST 514 (although keeping many of its great parts), we will provide tiered recognition rewards to our loyal DUST customers, details to be announced.”

“We are very proud of what we’ve learned and accomplished with DUST 514 on PlayStation 3 over the past three years and it is an honor to be a part of such a dedicated community. We consider DUST 514 one of the best free-to-play offerings on the platform, but the years have caught up with us. It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that DUST 514 will be shutting down on May 30th, 2016. We therefore will not be releasing the 1.3 update as we had planned. Players will continue to be able to play for free on our servers until then, but all further PSN packs and purchases have been removed and disabled from the in-game marketplace and the PlayStation Store. Players with existing Aurum will be able to continue to purchase items from the in-game marketplace. Thank you for being a part of DUST 514 on the PlayStation 3. We look forward to the next chapter, and hope you’ll be a part of it and continue the journey with us.”

DUST has had a rocky life to date; in 2014, DUST 514 fans were told that CCP planned to bring the faltering shooter to PC via Project Legion. As Massively OP’s EVE Online columnist Brendan Drain put it at the time,

DUST was CCP’s first attempt to break into the massive console shooter market and its first game to use the free-to-play business model, but things didn’t exactly go to plan. The millions of console gamers CCP expected to flood into New Eden failed to materialise, reviews were mixed at best, and DUST quietly fell off the console radar. Players have been asking for a PC release ever since, as the game’s unique connection with the EVE Online universe could potentially make it popular with existing EVE players.”

Source: CCP forums. Thanks, Rafaelmizar and dk.
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Silvercat18
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TimothyTierless  Gunjack is a particularly good example of this – as there is no such thing as a gunjack in the EvE setting. CCP seems to think that so long as something has spaceships, it must be EVE…even when the rest of the setting is completely different.

It would be like saying something was star wars but changing “The Force” into virtual reality of something.

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Wild_Phil  Yup and whats tragic is that they are about to do it all over again, just on pc this time.

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Midgetsnowman  CCP actually believes their own hype – even when their promises are way beyond the achievable. It’s like a cat chasing a laser pointer.

Shazanti
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Shazanti

Nyphur TimothyTierless It’s rather sad. I was very interested in DUST back when it was originally announced. Not as a player, though – I have an exceedingly strong dislike for EVE, and I’m not a console gamer at all. I just thought it was a fantastic way for console and PC gamers to share a working universe, and I was eager to see how it would work out.
Shame that it never materialized in the fashion it was announced and advertised.

MrEllis
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Nyphur MrEllis This is some inception level thread necro’n!

MorpayneRADIO
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MorpayneRADIO

I wish they would make a ground based sandbox mmo using the Eve Online lore, that would absolutely rock. Maybe have it somehow linked to the space based game so the two playerbases can interact.

Nyphur
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Nyphur

MrEllis Link for those interested: https://web.archive.org/web/20150129041844/http://massively.joystiq.com/2011/06/12/eve-evolved-predictions-for-dust-514/
CCP set expectations for DUST 514 extremely high at E3 2011, with promises of EVE players having to provide transport for clones and equipment to DUST marines, merged game economies, and wars over planetary districts contributing to system sovereignty. The DUST trailer showed battles raging simultaneously on the ground and in orbit of a planet, with EVE players delivering air strikes and DUST marines shooting at ships in orbit with skyfire batteries. In the end, we didn’t get any of this and the core shooter gameplay wasn’t good enough to stand on its own, so the game was doomed. E3 2011 was just before the Incarna disaster too, which probably didn’t help matters.

Hawkzilla14
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Hawkzilla14

I was on the Hype train for this game, and when i finally played i was horribly disappointed by it 

sad for the players who enjoyed it though

DaGhostDS
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DaGhostDS

PS3 exclusivity killed it.

Valhalla Awaits
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Valhalla Awaits

ApathyCurve Remember, CCP’s motto since moniclegate is “Greed is good”.