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Posted 5:30pm

DUST 514′s open beta is now live

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Pioneering PlayStation community!

We’ve reached an exciting milestone in our development of DUST 514: the open beta. Some of you may already be familiar with the concept after having followed our dev blogs or news articles, or perhaps you have been helping us in the closed beta. But some may be hearing about this for the first time. I would like to give you guys a quick overview on the game, and the new phase of development, the open beta.

What is DUST 514?
DUST is a PS3-exclusive triple-A free-to-play MMOFPS (massively multiplayer online first person shooter), directly set in and connected in real time with the science fiction universe of EVE Online.

What that means is that not only is DUST a full-fledged MMOFPS in its own right, with unrivaled persistence and customization, it also coexists on the same servers as its older PC sibling, EVE Online. DUST and EVE share several game systems such as mail, text and voice chat, corporations, the in-game market and more.

Not only are the players of the two games able to communicate with each other and belong to the same social institutions, they can also interact in real time. Spaceship captains of EVE Online are able to provide real-time support in the form of orbital bombardments to the boots on the ground, the DUST 514 mercenaries, all while coordinating in a shared voice chat.

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Mercenary? Empire builder?
In DUST, you are an immortal clone soldier. Initially you are a mercenary, and at any point in the game you are free to choose your own path.

You accept contracts issued by warring corporations, in the process earning both ISK (Interstellar Kredits, the in-game currency) and skill points. With these earnings you purchase and upgrade skills that affect your in-game abilities, in addition to unlocking advanced equipment such as dropsuits, weapons, vehicles, modules and more.

The game features an in-depth dropsuit and vehicle customisation system that allows you to define your role on the battlefield to respond to whatever tactical situation you may encounter. Battles are fought in districts located on planets in the EVE Universe (we have about 7,000 temperate planets out of a total of 50,000). Districts are generated with modular components where the type and location of the planet are taken into consideration, the goal being to make every battle experience unique (there are literally billions of combinations).

Now, in the beginning you may limit yourself to accepting contracts from warring NPC corporations, but over time you may find like-minded individuals to group up with and form a Corporation, which is our version of a clan or guild.

As an organised corporation, you and your colleagues may decide to venture out into the great unknown and claim your own piece of territory, thereby affecting the political landscape of the New Eden universe. You might even find yourself forging alliances with EVE players, and through a combined effort, performing coordinated strikes upon your enemies.

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Free to play
DUST is completely free-to-play for anyone with a PS3 and can be downloaded directly from the PSN store. There are no restrictions. All features, maps, game modes, skills, dropsuits, vehicles and module groups are fully accessible, and since it’s a massive multiplayer game you’ll never run out of content; the war never ends.

While DUST 514 does offer exclusive items that must be bought with AUR credits (our microtransaction currency, purchased through the PSN store), it’s important to note that these items do not provide players with an unfair in-game advantage. Unlike most other console games, our expansions are free to download. While you can purchase AUR items for real money, in the game, you will never need to pay for a map pack. DUST is a free to play MMO that will be maintained and evolved for years to come.

Always evolving
DUST has been in closed beta for about a year now, with a small group of dedicated players that have given us invaluable support and assistance with their feedback and suggestions. The game has gone through an amazing transformation this past year. We’ve released multiple patches and expansions, each bringing performance improvements, new features and bug fixes. We have gone from our own small development servers to the much larger shared EVE / DUST test server (Singularity), and we’ve done countless character wipes and inventory resets along the way.

These last few weeks have seen tests of core DUST / EVE link features such as the corporation system and orbital bombardment, and a major migration of DUST from its closed test servers onto Tranquility (EVE Online’s global server).

We are now ready to open the game up to a wider audience by moving to an Open Beta. There will be no more character wipes or inventory resets. We will lift all access restrictions to our servers. Anyone with a PS3 and a PSN account can download the game, create a character and join in on the fun. We will be updating the game regularly, soliciting feedback from you on our forums, balancing and tuning, replacing and polishing.

This is a first of its kind in gaming, a merging of two communities from two very different game genres, in real time in the same setting and on the same server. Already players in both games have formed corporations and alliances. Emergent tactics are cropping up all over the galaxy. This would not be possible if it hadn’t been for the amazing support we have had from our friends at Sony, our shared vision for the future of online gaming, and the openness of the free PlayStation Network.

We couldn’t be more excited to be part of this and we hope you join us on this journey.

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Right will finally give it a go :-)

almighty-slayer 22 January, 2013 @ 6:13 pm   2

Great stuff. Will have to give it a go at some point… never got around to trying the PS+ beta. Hope it goes well for you guys!

supersmith2500 22 January, 2013 @ 6:14 pm   3

Seems interesting, how much disk space will it take?

dark_angel69 22 January, 2013 @ 6:15 pm   4

I’ve already played this beta ages ago and must say it is an amazing game! Looking forward to playing the real thing. Not sure about downloading this again right now as it took up a lot of space in my HDD which is full at the moment (again). Was forced to have removed the beta to make space for Far Cry 3 as well as two other games needed to be removed.

Was just wondering when could we be expecting this game to be released? I hope it doesn’t come out same time as Defiance as two MMO games would not be a great idea to be released same time.

European_Gamer 22 January, 2013 @ 6:19 pm   5

Dust 514, the eternal beta.

ADAMJAMESXX 22 January, 2013 @ 6:28 pm   6

Its nearly 3gb.nice that everybody else will finally get to play.I’ve had small tries on it.seems kinda cool.

TehPhilosopher 22 January, 2013 @ 7:15 pm   7

Been playing since August. Really good game. The FPS mechanics still need some work, but there’s a much deeper game than any other FPS out there, including other MMOFPSs.

The world is already part of EVE universe, so you can work with EVE players towards the same goals: conquering star systems.

I’d like to read some qualified comparison between SOE’s Planetside 2 and Dust 514.

i played the closed beta and boy did it suck….. check out the rating in store and you’ll see i wasnt alone in this opinion

rob_dee81 22 January, 2013 @ 9:41 pm   10

ok apparently the open beta has a star rating of 5 , but when it was PS plus only closed beta it had like 2 star rating…….. make of that what you will

flipkick661 22 January, 2013 @ 10:22 pm   11

@ #10

Maybe that the beta has improved significantly?

CoolRichy008UK 22 January, 2013 @ 10:53 pm   12

i tryed to run the game on the ps3 in closed beta but it didnt work so i gave up sims 3 on the pc is better then this trash if sony added sims 3 and all the DLC’s to ps3 then id buy them

we want more pc games on the PC ps3 games head to the pc few months later how bout you test run some pc games on the ps3 store like euro truck simulator 2 and ship simulator them games might do well on ps3

CoolRichy008UK 22 January, 2013 @ 10:55 pm   13

rob_dee81 the closed beta never worked for me i did the stupid installs then it kicked me out of the game saying cant connect after all that effort to gettin a ps home begta code for it the game didnt work

i could make a better psn game then dust 512 or as i call it trash 201

rob_dee81 the game has improved a lot since then, they’ve heard all the negative feedback about the gunplay etc. and improved it significantly. It’s not the same game it was in closed beta.. there’s actually been multiple builds since then.

kasasensei 23 January, 2013 @ 8:17 am   15

Gonna give it another chance then… just one.

anunnakid 23 January, 2013 @ 11:20 am   16

I need the PS VITA app… Darth vader voice:
You will give it to me now!

The game is great, but it has quite long and somewhat punishing learning curve. Starting the game and just spamming the skill points randomly to skills that just sound cool can severely hinder your start. This is probably main reason why some dislike the game.

For starters id recommend picking up Assault and investing to Assault rifle operation skills and Assault Dropsuit skills to unlock better weapon and armor at start. Investing few points to weaponry skill and the skills needed for armor modules is also pretty solid move at the beginning as it gives you some durability.

As for gameplay, try to stay in a group since without any stealth modules and scout dropsuit you’ll be pretty easy to spot in the radar, making lone wolfing fairly unfavorable. Having a good radar awareness and avoiding 2+ vs 1 encounters will keep you alive for longer.

CCP just announced a friend referral program for Dust where people signing up via a link get a free Recruit Assault Rifle and Skill Booster. Lots of fun to be had.

https://dust514.com/recruit/wRLsEs/

Springman94 27 January, 2013 @ 10:57 am   19

If only I could have a PS3, I’d definitely play this masterpiece.

RUACHBOY123 27 January, 2013 @ 12:04 pm   20

WOW i like this game not even like love

Sounds great. I would love to play this on PC.

sinan_sennur 27 January, 2013 @ 1:10 pm   22

its a good game but not better than black ops 2

SantaZombie 27 January, 2013 @ 3:00 pm   23

А когда будет в Рашке?

رهيب يضيع وقتك هدرا
( روعه )ً

dollars57 29 January, 2013 @ 2:43 am   25

game sounds ok, might give it a go to see how it is