9w ago - Today CCP Sentinel of CCP Games announced that October means war for Dust 514 on PS3!
To quote: This October, PlayStation Store DUST 514 offerings and intense organized play events are hitting harder than a perfectly placed Orbital Bombardment.
Below is a timeline of what is coming, when it is coming and how it can shape your war. It all kicks off October 8, the day of the DUST 514 Uprising 1.5 update deployment.
DUST 514 Tactical Edition - 10.8.13 ($19.99)
The DUST 514 war machine fires the first shot of the skirmish with the release of the DUST 514 Tactical Edition. This custom version will include the DUST 514 client, Active Skill Boosters, Aurum, and a host of Packaged Fits for both dropsuits and vehicles to sharpen your edge in battle.
DUST 514 Tactical Edition contains:
DUST 514 Client
7-Day Active Skill Booster
50 x CreoDron Breach Heavy Assault Vehicle Featured Fit
50 x Kaalakiota Recon Dropship Featured Fit
100 x Hunter Scout Dropsuit Featured Fit
100 x Mauler Heavy Dropsuit Featured Fit
100 x Shock Assault Dropsuit Featured Fit
50 x 'LC-217' Saga Light Assault Vehicles
Factional Warfare Challenge - 10.8.13 through 10.15.13
10w ago - CCP Games developer CCP Greyscale outlined what he calls the New Player Experience in Dust 514 on the PS3 entertainment system today.
To quote: Greetings, Mercenaries. Our motivation for the release of Uprising 1.5 was to do whatever we felt necessary to improve the chances of new players making it past Day One of playing DUST 514.
The first step was to consider what sort of players we were aiming at, and decide which teaching approach to take.
Our target audience is, for the most part, gamers who are familiar with other console first-person shooters and want to try something a little more interesting. This led us to focus primarily on teaching the differences between DUST and other FPS games, rather than trying to teach people, for example, what a gun is and how to move around.
To accomplish this, we considered two major approaches: instruction-driven and objective-driven. An instruction-driven approach ensures that players are clearly shown what to do at each point along the way.
Commonly this means highlighting every interaction, locking out everything else, and ensuring that every single step is explained.
An objective-driven approach, by contrast, tends towards giving players goals to complete, and telling them just enough to let them figure...
20w ago - CCP Games developer CCP Sentinel announced today that PS3 fans can suit up and roll out with new Dust 514 Battle Kits.
To quote: In DUST 514, a massively multiplayer free-to-play first-person shooter exclusive to PlayStation 3, you can build an empire, wage war on a galactic scale and change the notorious sci-fi universe of EVE Online forever. But you can't do it without the right gear.
As an immortal mercenary, you'll want to outfit your battle clones with the best dropsuits, weapons, enhancements and equipment to suit your fighting style.
The customization options are nearly endless and with a galactic battlefield that's constantly shifting, you'll need to experiment with the latest military tech to maximize your performance.
One of the best ways to test out new gear in DUST 514 is with a newly offered Featured Fit. These fully-fitted dropsuit and vehicle setups are custom-made by our designers to showcase the combat advantages of individual races, weapons, defensive strategies and more.
Featured Fits are ready to go and don't require any skill training to equip, so Mercs can use them without burning through hard-earned Skill Points. Just slot them onto your character of choice, and hop into battle.
34w ago - CCP Games Praetorian Creative Director Atli Mar Sveinsson announced today that Dust 514: Uprising arrives on May 6th, and has detailed the skill system upgrade below as follows:
With the help of our players, we at CCP have learned a great deal throughout last year of DUST 514's beta period, especially with regard to the system at the core of your character's advancement and progression: the skill system.
Most importantly, we've gained an understanding of how you are using the items to advance through the game. This is all thanks to the terrific amount of player feedback we've received during the beta period.
As we started work on re-aligning the progression tree for the new Uprising build of DUST 514, set for release on May 6th, we realized that trying to map the new skills, bonuses and requirements to your existing items was not only complicated on the technical side, but also likely unfair to you.
You may have committed to a certain play style, and with an overhauled layout and collection of skills, you may find yourself regretting some of your prior choices. We have thus decided that it is far better to re-spec not only the skills but items as well.
In short, you will get your skill points (SP) back and the ISK and AUR (in-game currencies) value of any...
37w ago - CCP Games Producer Thomas "CCP Wolfman" Farrer has proclaimed that equipment is your friend in Dust 514 on PlayStation 3 today.
To quote: Success on the battlegrounds of DUST 514 is about far more than who has the biggest gun. Equipment plays a vital part in defining the role you play on the battlefield. Fit a nanite injector to your assault type II dropsuit and you're a front line medic, resurrecting your fallen team mates. Fit a repair tool and you become a combat engineer, repairing damaged dropsuits and vehicles as well as giving your squad active armour repair during a firefight.
The fondly nicknamed 'logibro' logistics dropsuits are of course the kings of battlefield equipment usage. With more equipment slots than any other dropsuit class they can carry multiple equipment types making them incredible useful squad mates. A Logistics A-Series can for example, resupply his squad with nanohives, provide tactical spawn locations with drop uplinks and keep them fighting fit with a repair tool.
It's been really interesting to see what types of equipment have been the most popular during the Beta so far. In first place we have the ever-popular Nano Hive with an epic 106,537,393 units purchased for ISK!
Following this we then have repair tools, remote explosives and lastly...