CCP Games offers DUST 514 veteran reward accounts in upcoming Project Nova

    
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Those of you who have been following the highs and lows of EVE Online developer CCP Games over the years will remember the story of DUST 514, the MMOFPS that launched as a PlayStation 3 exclusive toward the end of the console’s lifetime and was eventually shuttered. Developers have been teasing a PC reboot of the game ever since, and showed off an early prototype of a new MMOFPS under the name of Project Nova at EVE Fanfest 2016.

News on the project has been thin on the ground ever since, until CCP announced at EVE Fanfest 2018 at that it would be coming “in months, not years.” Fast-forward to this week and ex-DUST 514 players have started getting emails offering them the chance to reserve their old character’s names in the upcoming FPS and unlock special veteran rewards such as the unique “PHOENIX” dropsuit. The email was signed off by “The DUST 514 / Project Nova Team” but the final name for the title has not yet been announced. The timing of the offer can’t be a coincidence though, and we expect to hear some big announcements later this month at EVE Vegas 2018.

Source: CCP Games email. Thanks, Kenny and Novatron!
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Shaun Shaungbr

I got my email, had to verify by the 28th October.

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Rolan Storm

*sigh* And I no longer have access to my account. Oh, well.

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McGuffn

Final name for the title: Dust 515.

This does seem like a very strange game to do veteran rewards for. The District makes sense.

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Arktouros

What was exciting about Dust514 was the potential idea of two entirely different types of games interacting with each other. However corny and limited the ship bombardment thing was the idea of having two types of games being played in tandem is a super cool. A cool idea that titles like Star Citizen are trying to deliver.

So if ProjectNova is just another shooter set in EVE’s universe I would bet heavily against it being even remotely successful. The EVE universe isn’t a compelling place and most FPS players tend to hop from one FPS release to the next. If they can manage to add that compelling edge where the two games intersect then that could be a compelling thing to get into for people like me who hate how boring EVE’s gameplay is but still enjoy a meaningful game world.

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Aiun Tanks

That said, my overwhelming community impressions at the time were that the only real ‘interaction’ capsuleers wanted to have with the system was nuking dusties from orbit. The rewards were inconsequential, and the game itself was on an inaccessible platform to the majority of EVE’s PC-based players.

Not to mention that to fit into the EVE universe required the game to epitomize the concept of an ‘unfair fight’, which was completely at odds with the terms of engagement, and the expectations/desires of the target audience, resulting in well-built suits being able to – literally, not figuratively – stand in one place and laugh while a newbie would empty mulptiple clips into them, achieving nothing, until eventually rage-quitting for life.

It was a title that was completely at odds with itself, philosophically, and denied access to the majority of players who were up for what it was offering, in its shitty brown/grey, laggy-pop-in, samey environment packaging. Solving the last part of that equation doesn’t fix the first, so I’m extremely skeptical.

…But also curious and totally up for a free demo.

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Arktouros

Without a doubt what they actually come up with was a huge stinker. CCP there was basically taking any kind of exclusivity money they could get their hands on (a process which they repeated later with VR and surprise, surprise that failed too). Realistically without that money I doubt they would have ever made it though so kinda one of those damned if they do damned if they don’t scenarios.

But really I’m talking more from a conceptual level. Conceptually there’s a lot of cool stuff you can do potentially do there. Imagine some sort of boarding ship idea where you take over something rather than simply blow it up by triggering a FPS battle with the ship boarding (that’s a very broad idea and devil is in the details) or similar style mechanics.

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Rolan Storm

Like Aiun said that idea of two different games interacting with each other was not really there. Almost no impact.

However I loved DUST 514. In my experience it was fun. Yeah, old players where very powerful on battlefield, but matchmaking was fine and each team usually had enough powerful guys on each side. Plus I have not stayed newbie for long. I never reached the height of power when someone could shoot at me and I just laughed, but I trained my skills soon enough to bring impact. It was good game.

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Arktouros

And really where I was going with this is less about what they did come up with and more about what potential new things could they come up with that do have impact? The concept is appealing, even if what they implemented based on that concept wasn’t. They have a second chance to improve upon that.

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Aiun Tanks

Hm… I haven’t received an email yet. I wonder how many packs you need to have bought in Dust to qualify as veteran.

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Aiun Tanks

Oh hey, it just turned up! Wheee. *click*

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Alex Js.

Hey Brendan, have you seen a screenshot at EVE subreddit which shows the new trading interface for new Chinese server, particularly the way you can directly sell or buy isk for “real life” currency within the game? Seems like Pearl Abyss is already putting its tentacles all over this game ;-)

Xijit
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Xijit

Not that I disagree with the sentiment that PA is gonna fuck this game up something special, but PA is Korean (not chinese) and it is NetEase who is running the Chinese version / dictating the localization.

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Sally Bowls

My vote was that whether or not PA bought them, there would be a slight increase in monetization.

OTOH, I almost feel sorry for CCP. Buying ISK directly probably would get some vocal complaints. But it would not make anything more P2W. Originally, you sold sub tokens via contracts, then came PLEX, then came PLEX in the station (no $1000 frigate kills.) Making a new player figure out how to buy PLEX and sell for ISK seems excessively complicated if they could just buy the ISK without some arbitrary intermediate currency.

hold on. Did you really mean ” directly sell … isk for “real life” currency?” That would be a huge deal!

Xijit
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Xijit

Sounds like “enter your credit card here” real money