EVE Online developer CCP have been working with Sony to evolve the submission procedures for free-to-play games like their MMOShooter Dust 514.
CCP confirmed this in an update on its DUST 514 website when discussing forthcoming updates and changes to Dust 514. As a result of its talks with Sony, CCP has promised it will submit near-monthly updates to DUST 514 over the next six months. This has only been made possible because of Sony working with CCP to evolve its submission guidelines for free-to-play games in order to better suit them.
“We listen to your feedback, as well as to feedback from the media. As a result, we have decided to move into a faster, more iterative update cycle. We will be pushing out point releases (Update 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, etc.) on a near-monthly basis. This is unique in the console space, only possible because our friends at Sony work with us to evolve the submission processes to suit free-to-play massively multiplayer titles like ‘DUST’,” said Atli Mar (CCP Praetorian), DUST 514’s creative director, on the DUST 514 website.
“We are intensely devoted to delivering the best ‘DUST 514’ experience possible,” Mar continued. “Throughout road-mapping the update process, we have focused on fixing and perfecting our core game systems. Over the next few releases, you’ll see us polish the core gameplay systems (aiming and aim assist, controls, vehicle handling, movement on the battlefield) and improve on context and immersion (getting you into a battle, adding a welcome screen, and more). Planetary Conquest will also be getting a lot of love.”
DUST 514‘s next update, Uprising 1.2, is due tomorrow (July 2). This biggest thing that’s going to be added to DUST 514 is a brand new dropsuit role: the Commando. This new dropsuit role will allow you to equip two light weapons, which offers more versatility than power. As well as the Commando dropsuit, there will be other dropsuits for DUST 514 players to choose from. CCP will also be expanding on the Planetary Conquest experience.
“We’ll also be introducing special Neo Dropsuits for all roles, while Ferroscale and Reactive armor plates will help armor catch up with shields as viable battlefield protection. Shield Energizer modules are also coming, for those who would prefer not to scuff their paint-jobs.
We are expanding the Planetary Conquest experience to let corporation officers remove teammates from Conquest battles in the war barge, and districts are no longer locked once conquered by a new owner. We’ve also enabled ISK transfers between characters, and from corporation wallets to any player or corporation, as described in Team True Grit’s latest dev blog.”
For more information on DUST 514’s Uprising 1.2 update, you may visit the DUST 514 website and have a read of what CCP is planning to bring to its F2P MMO in the forthcoming future!
A few months ago, back in April, CCP announced a creative partnership with Icelandic film director Baltasar Kormáku to bring the player-influenced universe of EVE Online to TV screens around the world. During the same day, CCP also announced a partnership with Dark Horse Comics to create a comic series based in the EVE Online (including DUST 514) universe called “EVE: True Stories“.
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