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CCP's Dust 514 shutting down in May

By Rachel Weber

CCP's Dust 514 shutting down in May

Wed 03 Feb 2016 11:07pm GMT / 6:07pm EST / 3:07pm PST
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"All further PSN packs and purchases have been removed and disabled"

CCP, the studio behind EVE Online, will close its free-to-play PlayStation 3 game Dust 514 in May.

"We consider Dust 514 one of the best free-to-play offerings on the platform, but the years have caught up with us. It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that Duat 514 will be shutting down on May 30th, 2016," CCP revealed in a forum post.

"Players will continue to be able to play for free on our servers until then, but all further PSN packs and purchases have been removed and disabled from the in-game marketplace and the PlayStation Store. Players with existing Aurum will be able to continue to purchase items from the in-game marketplace."

After an open beta the game was officially released on May 14, 2013 and was directly connected with the world of EVE Online. The game used two currencies, Aurum and ISK, and micro-transactions.

Last May CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson said "Dust is a profitable business for CCP."

The forum post also mentioned that CCP's development team in Shanghai was working on a new PC FPS that will take the learnings from Dust 514 and use them in development.

"Since this new game will be different from Dust 514 (although keeping many of its great parts), we will provide tiered recognition rewards to our loyal Dust customers, details to be announced," said the post.

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4 Comments

Gareth Jones Software Engineer (Contract), Cisco Systems

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> "...will take the learnings from Dust 514..."

"Learnings"? What's wrong with "lessons learned" or even "lessons"?

Posted:6 months ago

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Bonnie Patterson Narrative Designer, Writer

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Folks who were miserable that Dust 514 was on the PS when it launched will be very happy to hear that the new CCP shooter will be on the PC. I wonder if this one will still be a facet of the Eve-iverse, part of the "total science-fiction simulator" Hilmar once stated that he wanted Eve to become? I hope so, as that's an ambition I really want to see come to pass.

What will the retirement of Dust mean for the staff in CCP's Newcastle office? (I think it was the Dust main office at one point, wasn't it?) Will the office be closing or are they all on Valkyrie now?

Posted:6 months ago

#2

Adam Kahn Sr. Director, Communications, CCP Games

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Hi Bonnie - the Newcastle team has been dedicated to EVE: Valkyrie since late 2013 when they completed their work on DUST 514. In fact, what was once a team of 15 or so has grown to a studio of 40-ish.

Posted:6 months ago

#3

Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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Call me crazy, but... I'll NEVER grasp why the hell these online-only game enterprises with their huge development price tags don't have standalone offline content for solo or couch co-op play. You can't make a damn dime once the games go down in flames or just die off naturally, but you CAN get new players (who are growing into games like this every day) interested in seeing your hard work and a new (to them) game world if there's something left to muck around with after the servers get shut down.

Posted:6 months ago

#4

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