It has been a while since we last heard any details on the promising PS3 exclusive DUST 514, but we’re pleased to say that we have some very good news for you. Developers CCP have now confirmed that the game will definitely be free to download and play.
Previously, there were plans to introduce a cover charge since the game won’t be coming on disc and will release on the PlayStation Network instead later this year. That cover charge was thought to be around $10 to $20, but CCP has now confirmed that they have scrapped the idea – much to our delight.
Like Eve Online though, DUST 514 will still be supported by micro transactions. EVE Online players will be familiar with purchasing ISK for in-game transactions, but we can also tell you that ISK won’t be compatible with DUST 514 purchases. This is because the upcoming PS3 shooter will use a different currency instead, known as Aurum and will be available in $10 – $100 quantities.
There’s another little gem which we uncovered from executive producer Brandon Laurino in a recent interview with Eurogamer – DUST 514 will feature THOUSANDS of maps and they will be accessible to all players from the start as long as they can discover them.
For those of you who are worried about the paid element towards the game, CCP has also stated that items won’t give paid players an unfair advantage over those that choose to play the game without paying. It also looks like those paid items can be earned in the game after a period of time, which is always a great option to have.
As previously stated by CCP, there will also be a PS Vita version on the way as well and we now have some additional information for you. The Vita version of DUST 514 will come in the form of an app, which will allow you to set up various aspects of your character and make transactions on the go while you are not on the PS3. These are only basic features we understand, with more cross-platform features to be announced prior to release.
We’ve always felt that since DUST 514 was announced, it could well end up being Sony’s secret weapon this year on the PS3. Now that the game is going free to play, CCP has probably put themselves in the bracket for one of the games of 2012. They could have easily put that $20 cover charge for the PSN download if they wanted to and people would have still bought it, especially those with EVE Online experience. So well done to them for making this decision which is sure to go down well with PS3 owners.
Are you interested in playing DUST 514? If you have a Vita as well, let us know what kind of cross platform features you would like to see.