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CCP Remnant's Avatar + Posted by CCP Remnant on Nov 28, 2011 // Game Designer, CCP

Vehicle Dynamics in DUST 514

Vehicle classes in DUST 514 resemble modern day battlefield armored vehicles but are more menacing…and multitudes more lethal. You can also customize the vehicles with weapons and modules to ensure highly dynamic and constantly evolving gameplay where no single vehicle can impose absolute supremacy. The ultimate goal is to create an experience where players make meaningful choices based on their surroundings and situations when deploying vehicles.

Vehicle Customization

Vehicles are highly customizable; these units can be fitted with a broad arsenal of armaments, bolstered by modules that can be installed to apply bonuses and abilities to further enhance a vehicle’s combat effectiveness.

Vehicle Dynamics in DUST 514

Players will be able to choose arms from all the familiar EVE Online weapon classes, from energy-based laser weapons, blaster and rail cannon hybrid technology to traditional projectile and missile weaponry. Each of these weapon types are divided over racial factions, having an affinity towards vehicle hulls from similar origins. Vehicles like the Caldari heavy attack Vehicle (HAV) for example, are well suited to using technologies embraced by the Caldari, such as their powerful armor-rupturing railgun cannons. This is not to say that this is the de facto weapon choice for the Caldari HAV. Players will have to weigh out their combat strategy, determining what style of weapon will appeal to their play style and the demands to be met for battle at hand. If there is a perceived aerial threat, players may choose to swap out their main turret mount for a large bank of guided heavy missiles to pluck their enemy’s dropships from the sky.

Add to this the power of vehicle modules onboard and a carefully tailored vehicle can truly be a force to be reckoned with. Modules fall under different umbrellas: electronic warfare, weapons modules, and engineering just to name a few. Engineering modules enable players to enhance essential functionality of their vehicle by increasing armor strength, increasing shield resilience, or improving overall speed and handling. Weapons modules and electronic warfare modules take on another dimension of utility. Weapons modules can outwardly boost the power of a vehicle’s turrets by increasing the rate of fire or damage factor per shot, while electronic warfare class modules enable players to immobilize unsuspecting targets with stasis webifiers, cripple enemy turrets with tracking disruptors, or enhance guided missile lethality on target-painted hostiles.

The modularity of these types of equipment allows players to create custom functionality across all vehicle classes simply by installing modules into a vehicle’s allotted number of slots on a vehicle fitting screen. The combined CPU and powergrid cost of all modules weighed against each vehicle’s unique CPU and powergrid resource pool determines the diversity and potency of its fit. This versatile system gives a player the ability to fit for specific tactics or purposes, putting as much creativity into the hands of the player as possible.

Importance of the Rapid Deployment Vehicle (RDV)

Vehicles can be delivered to any location on the battlefield accessible to the Rapid Deployment Vehicle (RDV). This allows players to analyze their current situation, evaluate their resources as well as their chance of success, and deploy vehicles and aerial units accordingly at any given time. Whether to deploy a heavy attack vehicle (HAV) to break through a tough defense point or a dropship to deliver infantry behind enemy lines to and wreak havoc is all up to the players, their strategy and current goals.

Role of Vehicles on the Battlefield

Vehicles play a large role on the battlefield and are a significant threat to the opposition. The heavily armored units use long-range heavy concussive attacks while lighter units emphasize speed and flexibility. Aerial vehicles, on the other hand, excel at laying down fire from above; their vantage point over the battlefield also puts them in a good position to provide vital support functions for armored units. Each vehicle will have its own set of unique bonuses or abilities allowing them to turn the tide in battle. Many of these abilities are of a support nature, allowing different types of vehicles to team up to create even more unique roles between classes.

Vehicles and Infantry have a symbiotic relationship on the battlefield, and will rely on each other in many situations. Fully utilizing the offensive capabilities of most vehicles requires the turrets to be manned. Players can spawn directly into vehicles equipped with clone reactivation units, allowing them to get into the midst of battle within seconds after dying. Infantry can be dropped off by aerial units to vantage points not reachable by foot, or they can hitch a ride with light vehicles to cross the vast terrains in a speedy manner. Vehicles also provide support in taking objectives, laying down suppressive fire to hold back the enemy while infantry move in to take control of objectives.

In a similar way, infantry supports vehicles by scouting and setting up traps. Infantry can utilize stasis webification bubbles, target painters and other tools that disable or temporarily make enemy vehicles and installations open to attack.

Vehicle Sneak Peak

LAV

Name: Saga
Hull: N/A
Race: Caldari
Class: Light Vehicle
Role: Light Attack Vehicle (LAV)
Slots: 3H / 2L
Crew: 3
PG: 180kW
CPU: 190tf

LAVs are highly versatile light armor attack vehicles with a crew capacity of up to three squad members. They are capable of stacking a wide array of lightweight modules in a single configuration, which allows them to assume a very dynamic support role on the battlefield. As an offensive unit they find strength in numbers, often found amongst a group of other LAVs at the front line of battle. Their high degree of mobility and relatively low cost make them a very common, favored anti-infantry unit amongst many mercenary contingents. However, the driver of an LAV needs to persistently be aware of how exposed his crew is to enemy fire and react appropriately so as to avoid having himself and his fellow crew mates picked off before they can land the first punch.

Vehicle Dynamics in DUST 514

Name: Limbus
Hull: N/A
Race: Gallente
Class: Light Vehicle
Role: Logistics
Slots: 3H / 3L
Crew: 3
PG: 310kW
CPU: 124tf

The Gallente light logistics vehicle (LLV) is designed specifically as an infantry armor augmenter, providing infantry on the front lines with emergency repairs in the heat of battle. Due to its lightweight advanced armor coating, the LLV is quite tough compared to its light vehicle siblings. It feels nimble and is able to traverse multiple terrain types with ease. Although the LLV is mostly focused on support, it is mounted with a weapon hardpoint allowing it to fend off enemy infantry.

Vehicle Dynamics in DUST 514

Name: Gunnlogi
Hull: N/A
Race: Caldari
Class: Heavy Vehicle
Role: Heavy Assault Vehicle (HAV)
Slots: 5H / 2L
Crew: 3
PG: 1780kW
CPU: 330tf

The heavy attack vehicle (HAV) class has a great combination of weapon hard-points, thick armor, and all-terrain mobility. Their role on the battlefield is to provide heavily armed support at a mid- to long- range distance, assisting lightly armored units as well as infantry. Depending on the type of main turret equipped, an HAV can relinquish its ground-pounding power for an anti-air focus.

Their thick armor enables HAVs to sustain a heavy degree of damage, giving them great staying power to endure extended combat engagement. Their competency on rough terrain allows the driver to place the HAV in tactically advantageous positions to close the trap on the enemy, or to alternatively scale challenging geographical obstacles that would otherwise inhibit less off-road capable units.

Vehicle Dynamics in DUST 514

Name: Prometheus
Hull: Grimsnes
Race: Gallente
Class: Dropship
Role: Support
Slots: 2H / 4L
Crew: 7
PG: 380kW
CPU: 140tf

The dropship’s function is to support ground units by laying down fire from its two small turret hardpoints, and dropping off infantry reinforcements. It is one of the most maneuverable vehicles capable of hover flight. This allows it to quickly insert fresh infantry into a combat area with great efficiency, as well as afford it the maneuverability to effectively fall back and lay direct fire from an aerial support position. The Gunnlogi has a built in mobile clone reactivation unit, allowing infantry to awaken strapped in and ready to be dropped into combat by the pilot, anywhere on the battlefield.

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+ Davrosjson on November 28th, 2011 at 7:12 am said:

Very cool, but wher’s a minmitar vehical!


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+ kivi95 on November 28th, 2011 at 7:17 am said:

More psvita info please!!!!


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+ JonnyAugust on November 28th, 2011 at 7:21 am said:

Wow. “The Gunnlogi has a built in mobile clone reactivation unit….” Any word on how the PS Move and Sharpshooter will play into the controls for vehicles? Modal Toggle function please!

This game is going to be epic.


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+ Da_Chucky on November 28th, 2011 at 7:29 am said:

I for one, welcome our new vehicular overlords. I don’t believe that I didn’t think of using Stasis Webs on the ground. They actually make perfect sense when you think about it, allowing you to create even more lethal kill-zones.

Also, while I am Gallente through and through, I would love to see some more stuff from the Amarr and Minmatar labs. After all, trust in rust, for Amarr is victor!


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+ MYSTAIN on November 28th, 2011 at 7:30 am said:

Cannot wait to test these vehicles out for myself! When do the trails start?


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+ Blkant on November 28th, 2011 at 7:52 am said:

This is one of the most interesting features of them all. I just hope the feel of the vehicles when driving is done right.

Also, I hope to see that the various customizations to the vehicles will make physical visual changes as well, and that there will be more than one of each class, such as more than one type of light armor vehicle (the jeep looking thing) that may look a little cooler than that one. :P


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+ WS_Shinobi on November 28th, 2011 at 7:55 am said:

Corvette with mini gun attached? YES OH YES.

Is the beta still on for pre-2012 start?

And I heard ps+ and eve players get first dibs on the beta, is that true? And if not how do you get in the beta?

Also I can’t tell you how many hundreds of people that I know that can’t wait for this game.


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+ REGIS_MARK_V on November 28th, 2011 at 8:09 am said:

The REGIS says this is some great stuff. Can’t wait to see all of the customizations and things.


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+ ChaseHammerJ on November 28th, 2011 at 8:23 am said:

wow, this is the first ive heard/seen of this game.

looks amazing. Is this a disc or PSN game? man ill have to look into this more.

Thanks.


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+ KidCommando on November 28th, 2011 at 8:31 am said:

I tire of these words and picture images!

Can we just get a new video of the game in action already?!?


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+ Zezzler on November 28th, 2011 at 8:53 am said:

This game just keeps sounding better and better. I hope there is some offer similar to Motorstorm’s with ‘but one, get both’. the Vita version really intrigues me.


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+ LifeLine66 on November 28th, 2011 at 8:53 am said:

I just jizzed EVERYWHERE….. the clean up costs will be high. Sony and CCP will be hearing from my lawyer shortly.


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+ zombie9 on November 28th, 2011 at 9:01 am said:

Wow killer rides (who ever help design them needs a raise BIG one too). :)
It also remindes me of Killzone and I wish they had rides like that.


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+ davechabot22 on November 28th, 2011 at 9:09 am said:

I’m really excited for this game, and its cross play on the vita! AWESOME


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+ Unemesis3 on November 28th, 2011 at 10:06 am said:

Looks amazing all the things you are creating for Dust, can´t wait for the beta, and even better, the complete game.


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+ TheLastNinja- on November 28th, 2011 at 10:17 am said:

Very interesting…

I can only pray that Sony doesn’t interfere and screw this game up like they did to MAG. >_>


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+ xVIDAx on November 28th, 2011 at 10:36 am said:

@ CCP Remnant

Is there going to be free exploration? Or how can you find resources and minerals?


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+ soul_56 on November 28th, 2011 at 10:50 am said:

this game has caught my attention since i first saw the video and hearing more and more about this game makes me want to play it when is the BETA coming out and this is a day one buy for me also it feels like Battlefield but with more features and more players and more better


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+ JKar275 on November 28th, 2011 at 10:56 am said:

I’m VERY PLEASED to see that vehicles will play such an important role in Dust 514!!!!!

Question 1: Are you finely tuning (and testing) the way that each vehicle handles for players?

Each vehicle should handle appropriately according to whether it is a light, medium, or heavy vehicle.

Question 2: Will there be stealth (invisibilty) modules for vehicles?

Question 3: How will vehicles be repaired?


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    + Phil Wang on December 1st, 2011 at 6:27 pm said:

    Q1: All vehicles will be customizable, so players will have a lot of say in how vehicles perform.

    Q2: It’s a possibility.

    Q3: There will be repair tools usable by both infantry and vehicles.


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+ Ethereal on November 28th, 2011 at 11:46 am said:

Very excited to give this a shot. Sounds great! Keep up the good work.


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+ LT-sim-3o3 on November 28th, 2011 at 11:53 am said:

… I got a PS3 on black Friday, and sharp shooter is on it is way too… now where and how do i get in line for the beta invite?


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+ villdoc on November 28th, 2011 at 12:03 pm said:

OK, THis is AWESOME.. any news on the BETA timeline?


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+ KingLazy93 on November 28th, 2011 at 12:04 pm said:

This game is looking better every day!


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+ LeitherY on November 28th, 2011 at 12:05 pm said:

Holy…CCP actually released some information with teeth in it. I can practically smell the beta.


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+ moneyman1852 on November 28th, 2011 at 12:07 pm said:

is there always going to be a crew of 3 more light vehicles and tanks and like 7 for a crew for aircraft?


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+ moneyman1852 on November 28th, 2011 at 12:07 pm said:

for not more sry


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+ Phillyblunz on November 28th, 2011 at 12:08 pm said:

I am conservatively anxious about this game.

I remember the last game like this that came out, and though it was my favorite game for well over a year it seems the game was changed until broken and then left to fend for itself with no support.
The flopped DLC just made things worse.

I really hope the EVE community’s influence will keep this game supported for many years, but this makes me fear the possibly inevitable MMO costs???

I really need a “new” shooter, and this looks like it, but please, please, please dont go messing with everything because the COD community wants a game where only one gun is any good, and every other gun needs to be nerfed so they arent killed by them.

My suggestion is if it comes down to pleasing the CODder masses, make an alternate version called Dust Light and make changes there, dont mess the entire game up for people who wont stay with the game past a few weeks!!!!!!!

Mag was crippled and gimped at every corner so the codders could play it for a week until the 14th version of their game came out, leaving the game broken for those who stayed!!!!!!!
Think about it, its so true. Sell more copies but kill the game, if thats your motto I’m out.

Cheers!!!!!


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+ ZEEK213 on November 28th, 2011 at 12:08 pm said:

Will We be able to explore the planet surface like say we are not being attacked is there anything we can do other than sit inside our MCC and chat.


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+ Phillyblunz on November 28th, 2011 at 12:18 pm said:

Please give Plus early access to the beta, lets start getting some value out of this $50/yr ok?

Oh and please dont follow DCU’s beta run of an entire week!!!

Betas should be at least a few weeks to a month, and should be way before the game releases, we dont want 2GB day one patches!!!!

I really am loving the concept of this game, its just the ill preforming excluisves this year have really been bugging me.

This is supposed to be PS3, home of the top of class exclusive games in each genre people!!!

What up with killzone 3 lookin way worse then Killzone 2? (except in 3D KZ3 looks sick).

Whats up with MSA loosing that whole feeling of multiple tracks? That amazing feature of not worring what place you in until the last lap?

Why Resistance 3? why? Why change to 16 player online from 40??
Why remove the best feature of Resistance 2 and not have a online class based coop campaign???


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+ musicman1234 on November 28th, 2011 at 12:54 pm said:

My Ex girlfriend did not tease this much!..I say you hop in one of those Vehicles Mr CCP and give me the Private Trials.


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+ warezIbanez on November 28th, 2011 at 1:03 pm said:

It’s looking great, guys. It’s this and Starhawk that’ll be competing for Multiplayer Game of the Year.


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+ KGH on November 28th, 2011 at 1:03 pm said:

Reminds me of Planetside! If theres no monthly fee, i’m definately gonna give it a whirl


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+ gilgamesh21 on November 28th, 2011 at 1:29 pm said:

Beautiful designs! Can’t wait to see more vehicles.


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+ crazy_kracker1 on November 28th, 2011 at 1:55 pm said:

can’t wait for this game to come out looks like a very cool well designed game…… release it already


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+ dilbig5 on November 28th, 2011 at 1:59 pm said:

@29

DC Universe Online’s Beta was at least a month to a month and a half long.


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+ SkyShadowNinja91 on November 28th, 2011 at 2:09 pm said:

Can we get some video footage instead of these words. i prefer to hear and see then read and imagine. Also this game sounds epic! Will we actually see ourselves in the dropship/ getting out of it?


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+ LordRaoh on November 28th, 2011 at 3:42 pm said:

Looks pretty amazing so far, can’t wait to try this game out.. I have high hopes for the game and the entire universe..

The gaming industry needs to place more attention on developers trying to do new things like this.

Much luck to you guys, I am anxious to see how it all turns out.


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+ Mitauchi on November 28th, 2011 at 3:59 pm said:

Wake up call people. DUST 514 is nothing like MAG. If you keep your head in the sand (i.e. MAG) and have no clue about Eve Online or the community that it has created you will be lost. MAG was a great game, but has nothing to do with DUST. Come on people, does MAG or DCU have stasis webs? How about vehicles that require skills and fittings to really modify them? If you are just looking for a run and gun shooter like COD or thinking you can recruit enough blue dots to redline your enemies like in MAG then you have absolutely no clue about DUST and should probably do a bit more research.

Unfortunately most MAG players seem to want to talk about game features they do not understand or their “fears” about potential game flaws based on their MAG experiences rather than informing themselves about this game. My main advice is get informed, quit comparing this masterpiece to a dead game or risk coming in blind and getting owned.


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+ ClovePsyKoz on November 28th, 2011 at 4:49 pm said:

God im so ready for this game!!! My mouth is salivating!


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+ KatuXiK on November 28th, 2011 at 5:14 pm said:

@Mitauchi / 38 I am a HUGE MAG fan, i absolutely loved it. unfortunately i bought it after it died :'( the most people i ever saw online at one time was about 4000, and that was only for a couple weeks right before psn went down. BUT, im not expecting Dust to be MAG. I do understand that a lot of people are, and theyll definitely be disappointed in ways, but i do know that one thing Dust will have in similarity with MAG is a player cap higher than 24 (lulz) and strategic gameplay. I know and hate the redliners :P but i had a clan that was really quite coordinated and we pwned them n00bz XD. I am currently downloading the EVE trial so i can get a feel for the EVE universe so i know a little bit about what to expect when Dust 514 finally launches. i suggest it to anyone looking forward to Dust actually, as im sure it will be helpful. any way, IM SO PUMPED FOR THIS!!!!


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+ Moneybags118 on November 28th, 2011 at 5:45 pm said:

So far the most promiseing games of 2012 are this and Starhawk. I actually don’t play COD, I perfer games like this and MAG (only had the MAG trial, but realzied that it’s poorly run) and I intend on buying this game.


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+ Mitauchi on November 28th, 2011 at 5:49 pm said:

If you want a buddy invite to Eve let me know. I have been established in Eve for several years and still love this game. I can’t wait for Dust and been following the development of this game since 2009. I hope to merge my 2 favorite game types, Eve Online and FPS.


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+ xSniperKiddx on November 28th, 2011 at 6:24 pm said:

This game is cool add me ps3 gamers xD..! (:


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+ GabeP on November 28th, 2011 at 10:51 pm said:

Looking quite good, as expected. Keep the info coming guys! I know there are a lot of people that are starving for more, including myself. Really looking forward to future posts.


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+ N9nE-9 on November 29th, 2011 at 12:01 am said:

damn, to say I’m stoked to see this game is an understatement, the ambitiousness and the scale, daamnnn, this is going to be epic…


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+ LifeLine66 on November 29th, 2011 at 6:24 am said:

@phillybunz

Beta will be running for months until summer, so you shouldn’t worry about that, also considering they have been working on the game since before 2009 I think its safe to say CCP is here to do it right (They dont want failures in a console version leading to losses on thier main money maker, Eve online) ; at the same time, good point with COD warning,

@Mitauchi
I know you said dont compare this with COD or MAG but tbh i think, Mitauchi, that your a bit naive when it comes to the power of the people (*ahem* mag going downhill after QQ’rs, and countless other games where shit was altered and didnt have to be)…. unfortunately those people tend to be casuals.

Now CCP does rep being all about the hardcore, but i cannot stress enough on them making a personal (not associated with playerbase comments, the ONLYYYY time i would advise a dev to do this) stance on the power of weapons and such. If people are bitching that somethings too OP, more often then not they just suck. And yes… a lot of people suck at FPS despite playing it a lot, but personally im expecting Dust to only bring the best and brightest of the FPS community, i give casuals a week before they QQ out, or maybe they’ll just stick to highsec.


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+ Etero_Narciss on November 29th, 2011 at 6:51 am said:

Huzzah! Also, in the EU forums 24vs24 has been confirmed, with the possibility of more! Here’s hoping for 32v32.

I love the blog! But I need more! Also a video and/or an invitation to the private trials.


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+ JonnyAugust on November 29th, 2011 at 11:37 am said:

^ 32v32 should be the goal. I remember CCP saying that they’ll expand the amount of players as time goes on.


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+ simple2simple on November 29th, 2011 at 3:08 pm said:

Seems unique, more game-play videos would be nice!


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+ Maverick10 on November 29th, 2011 at 4:34 pm said:

Very excited for this


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