Dust 514, the MMO-FPS set in CCP Games’ EVE universe (lots of acronyms there), will head into an open beta on January 22nd, allowing anyone with a PS3 to take a stab at improving the experience.
Last week, CCP Games announced that it would merge the servers for its space management simulator EVE Online and Dust 514, the PS3 shooter set in the same universe. By uniting both games, the way has been paved for Dust 514 to head into open beta, which will happen on January 22nd.
Anyone woth a working PS3 will be able to download and play Dust 514 for free. “The launch of the Dust 514 open beta is another step towards our long-term vision for CCP and EVE. But this is just the beginning. As we have done with EVE Online, in the coming weeks, and for years to come, we will continually improve upon and add to the Dust 514 experience, as well as add deeper integration between the two games and their communities,” said Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, CEO of CCP, in a press release.
There’s no character resets planned, so anyone currently participating in the closed beta will be able to continue right as rain. In fact, those who’ve played at least one match before January 22nd will receive a 100,000 skill point bonus to take into the open beta.
CCP are very proud of the fact that this is the first integrated gameplay experience between two games that are not only of a different genre, but also exist on different platforms. Order an aerial bombardment on a PS3 game of Dust 514 and an EVE Online player might marshall the power of his PC to deliver the deadly barrage. Let’s see how it pans out in the coming months.