We have some great news to bring to those of you who are planning to pick up DUST 514 this year, as CCP has just given us some great news indeed. The game hasn’t been given a release date yet, but we now know when the public beta will begin.
For those of you that don’t know already, DUST 514 is an upcoming PS3 shooter from EVE Online developers CCP. The game has attracted a big following thanks to the confirmation of cross-platform features alongside the EVE Online universe on PC, as well as the upcoming interaction with a PS Vita companion app as well.
The game has been given its latest showing at the Game Developers Conference, which means some brand new gameplay footage for you to enjoy. More importantly though, we have confirmation from CCP that the public beta will be starting sometime in April, although no solid date has been revealed yet unfortunately.
At the moment, there is no easy way to enter the beta, but if you are fortunate enough to be attending the upcoming EVE Fanfest event from March 22-24 later this month in Iceland, we’re hearing that all attendees will be given an invitation into the beta. Further details on this can be seen at the official website here.
News of the beta has come just after the welcome announcement that DUST 514 will be going free-to-play on PS3, with micro transactions available similar in the way that EVE Online operates. We’ve said that this game has the potential to be one of the standout performers on the PS3 this year, but hopefully the beta will give gamers an exact look at how CCP has monetized the game and if really does cripple those who decide to play the game for free – CCP needs to make money from this at the end of the day, so we don’t think it is as plain sailing as it seems.
Are you pumped up for DUST 514? Given that this is a free download from the PS Store, there’s no reason why everyone cannot give this a go when the game is out. Removing that download fee could prove to be a smart move by CCP.