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Sony Unveils Infantry Weapons in DUST 514 for PlayStation 3

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147w ago - Today Sony Community Manager Phil Wang has revealed the Infantry Weapons available in DUST 514 for the PlayStation 3 entertainment system.

To quote: The handheld weapons are a key part of any MMOFPS and DUST 514 is no exception. There were a few things that were very important to us.

Firstly, we wanted to avoid the feeling of "Vietnam in space" that you sometimes see in sci-fi games. The goal was to create weapons that had recognizable roles but used more advanced technologies than the equivalent weapons of today.

The power of these guns would tear apart a modern day battlefield. In DUST 514 the only way your mercenary can survive the power of these weapons is due to the advanced shielding and armor of the dropsuits they wear. Without them, simply firing these weapons would severely injure or even kill you!

Secondly, it was important to us that the weapons felt like a natural part of the EVE universe. In the same way that the ships in EVE have distinct racial designs and specialties, the weapons of DUST 514 had to encapsulate the values and technology of the race that created them.

The ruthless efficiency of the Caldari, the progressive aesthetics of the Gallente, the resilience and resourcefulness of the Minmatar as well as the proud arrogance of the Amarr...
 

Vehicle Dynamics in Dust 514 on PlayStation 3 Detailed by CCP

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148w ago - CCP Game Designer CCP Remnant has revealed details today on the vehicle dynamics in Dust 514 for the PlayStation 3 entertainment system.

To quote: Vehicle classes in DUST 514 resemble modern day battlefield armored vehicles but are more menacing...and multitudes more lethal. You can also customize the vehicles with weapons and modules to ensure highly dynamic and constantly evolving gameplay where no single vehicle can impose absolute supremacy. The ultimate goal is to create an experience where players make meaningful choices based on their surroundings and situations when deploying vehicles

Vehicle Customization

Vehicles are highly customizable; these units can be fitted with a broad arsenal of armaments, bolstered by modules that can be installed to apply bonuses and abilities to further enhance a vehicle's combat effectiveness.

Players will be able to choose arms from all the familiar EVE Online weapon classes, from energy-based laser weapons, blaster and rail cannon hybrid technology to traditional projectile and missile weaponry. Each of these weapon types are divided over racial factions, having an affinity towards vehicle hulls from similar origins.

Vehicles like the Caldari heavy attack Vehicle (HAV) for example, are well suited to using technologies...
 

The Future of War: Dust 514's Rapid Deployment Vehicles on PS3

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151w ago - CCP Game Designer CCP Remnant is back with details on Dust 514's rapid deployment vehicles in the upcoming PS3 video game below.

To quote: DUST 514 is an MMOFPS coming to PS3 with large-scale vehicle and infantry combat taking place in - and with a real time connection to - the EVE Online universe on PC. Players are able to band up into corporations (e.g. guilds) and wage territorial conquest on thousands of planets.

Following is a thematic description of Rapid Deployment Vehicles, or RDVs. The RDVs deliver vehicles to players on the battlefield, provided that they own the vehicle's blueprint, and are skilled for its operation.

The RDVs are AI driven, with a robust pathfinding system that allows them to deploy anywhere on even the largest battlefields. (We will give more insight into the game's vehicle mechanics in a blog post soon.)

A Sky Lift-class RDV delivering a vehicle.

Shrouded in advanced optical stealth and guided by automated networked navigation systems, the J42 "Sky Lift" RDV (Rapid Deployment Vehicle) drone is able to deliver even the heaviest armor, with pinpoint accuracy, anywhere on the battlefield.

The proliferation of this invaluable tech has changed the face of ground warfare in the EVE universe, giving front-line commanders...
 

CCP Reveals Dust 514's Mobile Command Center for PlayStation 3

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152w ago - Game Designer CCP Remnant has revealed details on Dust 514's Mobile Command Center for PlayStation 3 today.

To quote: DUST 514 is an MMOFPS on the PS3 with large-scale vehicle and infantry combat taking place in, and with a real-time connection to, the EVE Online universe on PC.

Players are able to band up into corporations (e.g. guilds) and wage territorial conquest on thousands of planets. What follows is a thematic description of Mobile Command Centers, or MCC's. At 200 meters in length, these vehicles represent the largest, most powerful weapon a team can acquire, and are flown by a team's commander.

Oftentimes, destruction of the MCC means victory on the battlefield (we'll give you more insight into the game's command hierarchy, a system that allows players to form squads that are led by a player commander, in an upcoming post).

A Caelus-class MCC trawls across the battlefield.

Colossal. Imposing. Devastating. Any of these words could describe the MCC, but only one truly sums it up: Control. The MCC is the nerve center of any army, the backbone upon which wars are waged and battles won. It is from here, locked within the confines of a modified hydrostatic pod, that the commander orchestrates the fate of those on the ground below.

He does...
 

CCP Games on Scaling the Universe in Dust 514 for PlayStation 3

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153w ago - Today Server Architect Lin Luo at CCP Games has shared details on scaling the universe in the upcoming title Dust 514 for the PlayStation 3 entertainment system which is slated for release in Spring 2012.

To quote: I am a Server Architect on DUST 514 and, in this devblog, I would like to cover at a high level some of the online technical aspects of [Register or Login to view links], including the challenges we have met and the approaches we have taken in handling them.

As a server architect on the project, I am responsible for integrating the DUST FPS multiplayer battles into the EVE universe, as well as optimizing the DUST battle servers to perform even better. Unlike normal FPS multiplayer games, DUST 514 has heavy MMO elements.

And unlike normal MMO FPS games, DUST has heavy interaction with one of the most successful MMO space games - EVE Online! This imposes challenges on what technologies we should use in order to have this level of interaction with EVE, while keeping FPS gameplay as smooth as possible.

While continuing to rely on the Unreal 3 engine for the FPS multiplayer gameplay for DUST, the interaction with the rest of the EVE universe should naturally take advantage of utilizing some existing EVE online technologies. Think about a simplified...
 
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