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DUST 514 Will Be Free to Play on PlayStation 3

Brandon Laurino's Avatar + Posted by Brandon Laurino on Mar 05, 2012 // Executive Producer, Dust 514

Hi beloved PS Blog readers – we hope you have been enjoying our series of articles here. We have some big news about DUST 514 coming out this week and wanted to write a more personal note about it here, to you.

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The development of DUST 514 has been an amazing experience, as we at CCP pioneer new frontiers for console games in collaboration with Sony. It has really been a process of exploring and breaking new ground – running an MMO service that needs constant updates on a console, microtransactions on a console, connecting an MMO on console to an MMO on PC in a real time shared universe and the Marketplace between the two – and there’s even more to come. Today, I’m writing about one more of those things – DUST 514 will be free to play on PlayStation 3!

This news means DUST 514 is the first ever game built from the ground up as a free to play MMOFPS on console, exclusively on the PlayStation 3. Thanks to how Sony has set up the PlayStation Network – and the innovations they have been making on it together with us – Sony’s console platform is the only one able to support this kind of game as a service and business model.

The development of DUST and CCP’s engagement with Sony has been ongoing since before E3 2011 last year, when we announced our partnership. Over that time, we’ve seen the rise of free to play and microtransaction based games in the Western markets on PC, web and mobile (they’ve been popular in Asia for some time – one of the reasons DUST development is based out of China, an interesting story in itself, for another time) – but consoles have only taken baby steps throughout this generation in this regard, with some patches and DLC and demos, until today.

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Just to be totally clear, DUST 514 will be a free to play game, without any cover charge. We debated the cover charge idea for a while, kind of as a hybrid between the old business model (having to purchase a game) and this new one (free to play). As we watched the market evolve, gamers choices in free to play games evolve, our own tastes in free to play evolve and developing what’s needed to support it in collaboration with Sony, this just became the obvious way to go – no cover charge, completely free to play. It’s the right time.

To put it very simply, we think it’s an awesome, amazing opportunity to evolve how console games are made and offered to players, and we believe you’ll agree.

We know you’re eager for more, and we’ll be coming out with tons of info at our annual FanFest convention in Iceland, which starts on March 22. We’ll have first hands-on, while also unveiling details about how we are rolling out DUST 514, videos, interviews (answers to many of your burning questions – we’re watching the comments, reading the forums, listening!), and much more. Sony has hooked up amazing prizes for our DUST 514 tournament at FanFest, we can’t wait to see the battles!

Thanks for coming on this journey with us, it’s one unlike any other, and we’re just getting warmed up. We cannot be more excited for you all to play DUST 514, and being able to make that a reality for free on PS3.

Stay tuned for more very soon!

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+ CrAzYDaVe0209 on March 5th, 2012 at 8:47 am said:

Just hope it won’t take long to Download & Install then Update then finally get to play. I don’t want to wait Like I did with DC Universe for 8 hrs to play a game I didn’t even like.


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+ Richard919 on March 5th, 2012 at 8:49 am said:

wow what a deal that is! i was plannin on gettin this too thanks for saving me some money haha


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+ DarkOne_PR on March 5th, 2012 at 8:55 am said:

loooking forward to this


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+ DuoMaxwell007 on March 5th, 2012 at 9:12 am said:

yup im gald its free the 20 bucks i was keeping collecting dust (no pun intended) for this game is now gonan go towards FF13-2 DLC and the new DCUO expansion lol


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+ Spidey817 on March 5th, 2012 at 9:16 am said:

Sweeeeeet. I was looking forward to this game (when I could afford it). Which I guess is on launch day!

Seriously, though, thank you.


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+ gus_xl on March 5th, 2012 at 9:40 am said:

It’s a shame that it’s not going to be on the Vita like first announced. I’m still looking forward to it.


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+ DARIAN_WILL on March 5th, 2012 at 9:53 am said:

So we will have to buy a subscriptions or something for this. it’s that type of game?
why can’t we just buy the game and that’s it. i don’t mine paying for online passes.
and add ons. but games with subscriptions just seem like you guys are getting a bit greedy.


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+ DuoMaxwell007 on March 5th, 2012 at 9:56 am said:

well they never confirmed it as a full vita game they just said “it will be on vita and we’ll go into details about it later” well now we kn ow what those details are…

besides can you imagine trying to text chat on that small vita screen?


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+ xXtheicon67Xx on March 5th, 2012 at 9:58 am said:

yo Brandon Laurino is this game online only?? can u tell me ASAP


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+ DARIAN_WILL on March 5th, 2012 at 10:09 am said:

@xXtheicon67Xx
more than likely it will have online.

hopefully if they are doing the subscription thing
i hope they have a lifetime subscription for this game.
cuz i will not keep paying to play a game. like DCUO
is fun but subscription wise putting a whole in my pocket.
why should we get broker while they get richer is all i’m saying.


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+ listerofsmeg42 on March 5th, 2012 at 10:09 am said:

So where is the PS Vita version they were talking about when they announced the game. The app is stupid, I want the shooter for my Vita. Its kinda like they just gave us the finger, those whom were interested in a Vita version and would have gladly paid for it. C’mon guys bring it to the Vita its only going to be a “pint sized shooter” if thats what you make it. The Vita is capable and willing but you guys need to want to make it so.


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+ DARIAN_WILL on March 5th, 2012 at 10:16 am said:

@xXtheicon67Xx
oh wait they showed some gameplay.
look it up to youtube.


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+ Zoryu_of_Setsuna on March 5th, 2012 at 10:18 am said:

5
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“It’s very important as we take steps into this topic to unambiguously state that it is not a pay to win game. There is no micro-transaction that you can do that gives you an unfair advantage over someone who hasn’t paid anything. It’s the classic micro-transaction dynamic of, ‘I can pay and get this item,’ or, ‘I can invest my time and get this item.’ But neither of those options will give me an unfair advantage over the other.”


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+ RydogV on March 5th, 2012 at 10:27 am said:

This is fantastic news. Been tracking on Dust 514 for several months now and to here it will be Free-to-Play is just awesome. Can’t wait for more details in the weeks/months to come. And very happy that FTP means a robust player community. If the game is amazing as we all hope it to be then this will change console gaming FOREVER ;)

Hope the boys from the Blogcast jump all over this in an upcoming episode…hint…hint…


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+ simple2simple on March 5th, 2012 at 11:01 am said:

Any news on the Vita Version? Will it be free as well?


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+ CommandingTiger on March 5th, 2012 at 11:05 am said:

This game is now free-to-play?!
Awesome, I’ll be getting all my friends on board.
Thank you so much.

It comes out Tuesday too! Sweet!


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+ D3athStr1k3FTW on March 5th, 2012 at 11:06 am said:

Don’t let the free to play paradigm fool you. Eve online is a subscription base game, the caveat is that CCP recognized that players don’t wanna pay with a credit card all the time. They introduced the PLEX system which allows players to purchase game time with in game currency. You could effectively make the amount required to play the game for 30 days and not pay a single cent beyond that.

Dust 514 will be a revolutionary game for the console market. I also believe that the game which currently supports keyboard and mouse will move to the PC once the exclusivity deal with Sony has expired.

I can’t wait, I’m so excited for this title. It’s been a long time coming!


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+ KILLO31 on March 5th, 2012 at 11:07 am said:

Sounds to good to be true I mean were will you get the profits ? It seems awsome but I just don’t know what to make of it.


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+ xXtheicon67Xx on March 5th, 2012 at 12:45 pm said:

they get world of war craft on ps3 lol


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+ igorrocks2 on March 5th, 2012 at 1:13 pm said:

There got to be monthly subscription no way Sony gives trophies for free… I am dreaming


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+ igorrocks2 on March 5th, 2012 at 1:15 pm said:

69@ Hell yeah they should Blizzard Entertainment thinks to expend Diablo to consoles


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+ Transient on March 5th, 2012 at 1:18 pm said:

Free to play MMOs are a good idea. I hope the idea catches on with more companies.

Look at the flop called Final Fantasy XIV. They had it free for the past year due to the game being so crappy that they couldn’t even get a basic level of subscribers. Then some braniac at SE decided to start charging before the released that was supposed to fix all the problems. Big surprise, they just announced the elimination of 18 servers last week. Should have stuck with free, there’s big bucks to be made with 99 cent addons.


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+ Trieloth on March 5th, 2012 at 1:23 pm said:

I was more than willing to pay for this game but free is awesome. This game is big like MAG and Iam excited!!! More people to shoot at the better.


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+ Chuckbait on March 5th, 2012 at 1:28 pm said:

Free is good.


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+ MrClean on March 5th, 2012 at 1:54 pm said:

1) It’s not coming out this week; “big news” is coming out this week.

2) They’ve said previously that you will need in-game currency (ISK) to purchase armor, weapons, vehicles, etc. Like EVE Online, when your ship blows up, it’s gone. Buy another. I would assume there will be ways to earn ISK without paying real $ for it, but there is always that option too (PLEX). You probably earn ISK from missions, bounties on certain players (NPC’s?), and even from contracts from players in EVE.

3) It doesn’t sound like there is to be any subscription fee. If you can earn enough in-game money to buy your equipment, or join a Corp that provides equipment (possibly funded by EVE players), then you won’t have to pay real money.


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+ Maverick128 on March 5th, 2012 at 2:01 pm said:

The news is coming out this week. Not the game.

Sounds good though.


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+ poisonedsodapop on March 5th, 2012 at 2:13 pm said:

Free to play is always completely free. But to get the good stuff or a better advantage you can pay a premium. Developers make money that way because you’re paying more than you would a sub. You pay $15 a month, that’s it. You pay for a 30 day premium item, etc etc, each possibly being 5 dollars and you buy many… you see what I’m getting at. Also with new items coming out every month or every few months and even sales from time to time, it’s easy to drop more than sub level cash on a F2P game. That’s not to say you can’t play completely for free though. I’ve played many F2P mmos in my time before I got my PS3.

I might check this game out if I have the space but I highly doubt it. If it’s out on PC though I might give it a glance. Honestly though, FPS are kind of not my go to genre.


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+ ironmaidenfan_61 on March 5th, 2012 at 2:29 pm said:

as the old saying goes! never look a gift horse in the mouth! lol


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+ KGH on March 5th, 2012 at 2:58 pm said:

OMG YESSS!


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+ Schobeleth on March 5th, 2012 at 3:19 pm said:

I guess a lot of you guys haven’t read the other interview about this announcement. They stated multiple times that the microtransactions won’t give anyone an unfair advantage. It’s basically you paying for in game money, but that won’t do you anything if you haven’t been leveling your character. He says that here from the interview with Eurogamer:

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-03-01-ps3-mmo-dust-514-will-now-be-free-to-download-and-play

“There is no micro-transaction that you can do that gives you an unfair advantage over someone who hasn’t paid anything. It’s the classic micro-transaction dynamic of, ‘I can pay and get this item,’ or, ‘I can invest my time and get this item.’ But neither of those options will give me an unfair advantage over the other.”

So stop crying babies. You can just work at it and get everything for free.


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    + Phil Wang on March 5th, 2012 at 9:46 pm said:

    That is correct, even though there will be premium items in game, it is by no means necessary for players to have in order to win.


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+ Matrix_Lion on March 5th, 2012 at 4:01 pm said:

When does this game come out Sony? This is one game I’ve truly been impressed with. Well from the info I’ve seen so far.


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+ StealthSnyper on March 5th, 2012 at 4:44 pm said:

I’m curious to see how much space this game will occupy but my excitement overshadows my concerns by a longshot


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+ Mcgnnis on March 5th, 2012 at 5:08 pm said:

Yo CCP? whatever happened to that Beta for Eve Online Players? I play Eve but still hasn’t heard anything about the Beta and Whoa, free to play? That’s the best thing I’ve heard so far.


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+ Explosio5 on March 5th, 2012 at 5:59 pm said:

I’m going to be one of the first to get it!


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+ beetlegossip on March 5th, 2012 at 7:35 pm said:

Excited for this Software Title. Going to be throttling my Bandwidth for a bit :D


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+ Unemesis3 on March 5th, 2012 at 9:08 pm said:

Can´t wait for the open beta, even better, the final game =)


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+ ToaNuva on March 5th, 2012 at 11:42 pm said:

I hope I can use a keyboard & mouse.


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+ blakseed on March 6th, 2012 at 12:04 am said:

This is pretty awesome and so out of nowhere. I do love pleasant surprises ever so much.


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+ MaoriKid on March 6th, 2012 at 12:09 am said:

Sick! cant wait


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+ hi6tm6an6 on March 6th, 2012 at 12:24 am said:

First time ever, since I bought PS3 4 years ago, I felt off the chair on ps3 news. MMO FPS developed from its foundations, on a console, for no charge at all??? You are being the most progressive platform in the world right now. Lets just hope ppl will appreciate your work and something rly good come out of this. All I can say: wish you the best.


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+ SoldierDragon on March 6th, 2012 at 1:15 am said:

This game is going to be huge! this isnt just another cookie cutter FPS where you join a game and you’re part of red team vs blue team; get your kills earn your points and do it all over again from scratch just earning points and money. DUST 514 is going to be integrated within EVE Online! We will be fighting on the surface of the thousands of worlds EVE players orbit in thier spaceships. There will be plenty of story and misc contracts and battles on the npc controlled worlds the games story revolves around. But the real beauty of this game is when we start taking contracts from player corporations (guilds) to defend or assault the frontier worlds contested everyday by these player corporations! Every battle wil have a major impact influencing who controls what worlds which affects the political and economic systems of both games. The most obvious effect for us DUST players will be seeing who has the resources to build and supply the weapons and vehicles we need to fight. Corporations hire us to take a planet with rich resources then sell us weapons and gear made with those resources!


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+ SoldierDragon on March 6th, 2012 at 1:35 am said:

I do also have a few questions for the dev team to take a look at!
1st: Since we are on the same planets as EVE players gather resources from will we be able to engage in Mining or Crafting in addition to the shooter gameplay?
2nd: You’ve mentioned the maps will be larger than just the site of battles requiring vehicles to traverse them. Will w ebe able to visit some worlds whenever we want to explore?
3rd: the release trailer showed an orbital cannon firing on an EVE Ship in orbit; will that be a common place feature in battles to help determine the total supremecy for the planet? i.e. it would suck if the EVE players won thier battle in space but still lost control of the planet because ground forces failed. would ground forces launching orbital strikes and space forces launching planet side bombardments help to determine total supremacy?


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+ TheMadHatter13 on March 6th, 2012 at 3:20 am said:

So this is going to be free to play and i read somewhere dont remember if it was here or dusts site that it will be free to download to there has got to be a catch how are they going to make any money i mean im not sure that its true that the game will be free to download but still really confused but w/e will deff be playing alot of this


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+ xande92 on March 6th, 2012 at 3:30 am said:

hey anything free is cool with me


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+ theiron90 on March 6th, 2012 at 3:58 am said:

its all a rip off, might aswell just get the call of duty games, save some money in the long run, thats if ppl are fooled in to buying loads of packs and wasting all that money, at least with call of duty their packs are not required to make you a better shooter. a rip off in my opinion. i dont get why ppl would want this, it means ppl will have to put their credit card details in or playstation network oh wait sony entertainment network vouchers in. so what if a group of hackers get past this newer framework and firewalls, figure out how to unlock all the encrypted data that they have taken….Then BANG money gone for a lot of ya……now how the hell did i start to come out with all this…..oh yeah dust 514….waste…..of…..money!!!


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+ theiron90 on March 6th, 2012 at 4:07 am said:

it may be free to download, free to play online but there will be a load of packs inside or involve with like material things like GOLD or CASH (normal usage is coins) like the facebook and iphone games. that will get the company money and a lot more than they would with a regular buy it off the shelf games. so it may be “FREE” the catch is…..to become the best shooter in the game, you must pretty much have to buy most of the packs they have inside the game. and whereas a normal game would cost around £40 and then maybe some little additional content costing around £5 per pack which arent that mainy usually, this game would eventually get to the billing of around £120 if you are willing to pay that much and waste the money on such a unessential product that will not benefit you in any way

so my point here is, its not free, its a company tactic to gain more money out of the customers, and make more money disappear into oblivion


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+ drderlin15 on March 6th, 2012 at 4:11 am said:

thank uu :)…… but remember u people still need to update sub accounts that are already 18 or over to master accounts :(


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+ xCryonic on March 6th, 2012 at 5:22 am said:

I weren’t that surprised at all, some months ago they said that it would be free to play but then changed it back to one time payment (later would have been free to play), but now it’s free2play, I’m really glad. I have been waiting for years to have a decent F2P game on PS3, Of course there is Free Realms and DC Universe Online but they’re not really my style, don’t get me wrong, I really love MMORPG’s like Aion, WoW etc.

Cheers!


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+ KingTygerVII on March 6th, 2012 at 7:42 am said:

Free to Play,ok, but does it INCLUDE THE GAME? or do we have to buy the game and everything else is free?


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+ Tecnoboy1 on March 6th, 2012 at 9:39 am said:

Does this mean the game is going to be on the store? If so dargh, I wanted a disc launch so I could fit the thing on my PS3! :/


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