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Citizens of New Eden

My name is CCP Nullarbor from Team True Grit and I am here to introduce to you some new space friends: the mercenaries of DUST 514.

DUST 514 is the second major game in development in the EVE Universe, where the players are mercenaries fighting ground wars on the same planets that you have been flying past in EVE Online for almost 10 glorious years. You can read more about it at www.dust514.com.

On Thursday the 10th of January, following a slightly longer than usual scheduled downtime, we will be migrating over players currently participating in the DUST 514 closed beta from Singularity to Tranquility. This is a particularly special day here at CCP as this brings to life an ambitious and incredibly exciting vision of a single cross platform universe, the likes of which have never been undertaken before.

So as a capsuleer, what does this mean in practical terms?

Well, for starters, you will begin to see unfamiliar faces in local. They may look a little funny and talk about bizarre concepts such as tanks, grenades and “running around” but I promise they are as friendly as New Eden citizens can be and want to learn everything they can about this world you now both share.

DUST mercenaries can belong to existing EVE corporations if you’re willing to accept their applications. Similarly you will see corporations started by DUST mercenaries recruiting EVE pilots to join up with them. You can share corporation chat including voice chat and invite them into custom channels or private conversations.

Mail works in both directions and you can add each other into your contact lists so you don’t forget your new acquaintances.

You may remember CCP karkur talking last year about some changes to the UI in anticipation of this event. I will leave that link here incase you missed it:

Look Who’s Talking

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The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy

Besides just chatting about the weather or sharing battle stories, we are also introducing the first component of higher level gameplay as part of Faction Warfare. DUST mercenaries can accept contracts offered by the NPC Faction Warfare miltias and fight to attack or defend them in the form of corporation battles. These come with the risk of losing a collateral payment of ISK, but a victory will secure a district on one of the many temperate planets in Faction Warfare space. The more districts a militia has control over the fewer victory points will be required for EVE Faction Warfare pilots to take ownership of the system.

That is, provided you can convince the mercenaries to fight for your side.

CCP Fozzie has some more details about the specifics of this here:

FW: I-hub and system upgrades

The tools of war

We are also enabling the ultimate in cross game escapades, Orbital Bombardment, with the first flavor being the Tactical Strike. You may have also noticed some new ammo blueprints on the market (Tactical EMP S, Tactical Laser S, Tactical Hybrid S). Well, now you can load up these special long range, high precision munitions into suitable small turret weapons and rain fire from the skies. This will be available to Faction Warfare battles in low security space and we’ll leave it up to you to arrange the details of this with your new fleet-footed buddies. As one might assume, more guns are just better, so I recommend the destroyer hull as the best compromise between damage, mobility and cost for this particular task.

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We are working on a FAQ to answer all your questions about orbital bombardment complete with pictures. We will post details of that later this week.

Worlds collide

This migration comes with a reset of character skills and corporations for the DUST players. If you are already in the beta, and especially if you are a CEO or Director of a DUST corporation, I strongly recommend you head over to the DUST forums to read this thread on some of the specifics of the migration:

Tranquility migration inbound

For now we are remaining in closed beta from the DUST side of things but short of anything catastrophic occurring as we head towards open beta (knock on wood) this will be the last reset for DUST characters. So enjoy those skill points mercenaries, you earned them.

Just the beginning

This is a massive technical and game design endeavour and so the overlap in gameplay is intentionally contained for now. It is of course very important that we do not upset the serious business of internet spaceships.

In particular the economic balance between a 10-year-old space simulation and a brand new free to play MMOFPS is an obvious concern. So, for this first release, any ISK transfer between EVE and DUST characters will be blocked. This will then be replaced by a taxable transfer mechanism with the intention of easing the currency control to 0% and removing it entirely once we are happy the economies have reached an equilibrium.

We are already hard at work on the next expansion where you will see things like player owned districts, tighter economic integration and more incentives for EVE characters and corporations to take part in the politics, logistics and outcomes of DUST 514 battles. The design teams will be working with the CSM this year to make sure these plans sit well with capsuleers and mercenaries alike.

We absolutely cannot wait to get this journey started with you and it all kicks off this Thursday.

For now fly safe and good hunting. o7

CCP Nullabor – original Dev post.

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If you didn’t got a Playstation 3 for Christmas, maybe now is the time to reconsider. They cost half as much as a graphics card and yes, DUST 514 does support KB+M.

I’ll run a full review of DUST 514 once it is in open beta.

– R

59 Comments

  1. init. Grunt

    to quote Prof. Farnsworth:

    Good News Everyone!

    January 8, 2013 at 3:18 pm Reply
  2. Kinis Deren

    Welcome to New Eden and TQ all Dust dudes and dudettes! 😀

    January 8, 2013 at 3:20 pm Reply
  3. Burseg Sardaukar

    YES!

    January 8, 2013 at 3:22 pm Reply
  4. Bring the Pain

    May our Dreadnaughts rain massive bombardments from the sky. ( One Day)

    January 8, 2013 at 3:24 pm Reply
    1. Gotterdammerung

      now just Destroyers o.0 … Should feel like metal rain for the Dust players

      January 9, 2013 at 9:15 am Reply
  5. truthis

    So basicly we will have to deal with 12 year old kids in the future of sov war….great…

    January 8, 2013 at 3:25 pm Reply
    1. Bring the Pain

      Test has already done that

      January 8, 2013 at 3:26 pm Reply
    2. Nyv

      Man, you have to understand that Dust shares a lot of design with EVE (skills, fitting …), so most young players will leave the game quickly. Of course, the PS3 players might be a bit younger, but I'm sure there won't be that many differences. Plus, EVE is already full of people with 12 years old's mentalities. You just shoot at them and have fun 😀

      January 8, 2013 at 4:10 pm Reply
    3. Dust Grunt Best Grunt

      Theres no 12 year olds in Dust the learning curve is to high. My corp is all mature adults ready to go to war. We are just like you guys were after power,intrigue and ISK.

      January 8, 2013 at 9:49 pm Reply
  6. kevin___

    I support all enterprises that bring new blood to EVE and diversify the game.

    Welcome DUST bros, may your stay be eventful in proper EVE style – full of blood and destruction!

    January 8, 2013 at 3:25 pm Reply
  7. Luwc

    Nice .
    I am just curious how the pilots and mercenaries will work together as FW is broken and there is no real need to have control over the districts.

    But I guess there will be enough ppl doing it for the shits and giggles including my FW alt.

    January 8, 2013 at 3:26 pm Reply
    1. Nyv

      If it makes capture quicker, it's not useless, just non-necessary (and it's a good thing, because it makes us somewhat independent from dust players, but still able to cooperate with them).

      January 8, 2013 at 4:12 pm Reply
  8. Squinty McBlindy

    Here today, gone tomorrow.

    January 8, 2013 at 3:43 pm Reply
  9. Rellin Kajer

    Lame.

    January 8, 2013 at 3:52 pm Reply
  10. Gunny

    I give it 6 months to a year.

    January 8, 2013 at 4:04 pm Reply
  11. It's here.

    The end of the beginning is in sight; this Thursday is going to be glorious.

    January 8, 2013 at 4:36 pm Reply
  12. Spanky

    Let the trolling of console players begin..

    more raging 12 years olds to add to my already massive block list..

    January 8, 2013 at 4:45 pm Reply
    1. poastin toaster

      you can turn off the dust people so they dont talk in local. good idea by CCP.

      January 8, 2013 at 5:25 pm Reply
    2. Random Miner

      PS3 players are use to trolling with headsets, this idea of the printed word will confuse them… get ready for mintrolio-like grammar and spelling, coming to a local near you

      January 8, 2013 at 10:05 pm Reply
  13. DarthNefarius

    " but I promise they are as friendly as New Eden citizens can be"

    In that case I'm going to hide all my stuffz

    January 8, 2013 at 5:41 pm Reply
  14. iskbot#1337

    no missile orcital bombardment = lame

    January 8, 2013 at 6:59 pm Reply
    1. Anona-mouse

      CCP should make OB really interesting, let a player crash their ship into the battlefield. Have the ship set to self destruct and ram it into the planet. Imagine the tears and screams of everyone when a self destructing Titan comes crashing down on them loaded up with smartbombs and citadel missiles.

      January 8, 2013 at 10:12 pm Reply
      1. DarthNefarius

        Are you kidding?!?! With the current collision physics of EVE the Titan would bounce off the ground and then PING PONG across acouple moons xD

        January 8, 2013 at 11:48 pm Reply
        1. iskbot#1337

          With the current collision physics of EVE the Titan would kick the planet away and then Ping Pong it between the moons.

          January 9, 2013 at 3:28 am Reply
        2. Gotterdammerung

          LOL! Indeed Eve spaceships act like rubber submarines

          January 9, 2013 at 9:06 am Reply
  15. Flying Spaceships

    So, is this like an expansion for FW. Cause i cant see any real benefit to me as a non FW player.

    January 8, 2013 at 7:02 pm Reply
  16. KamikazeCarebear

    If this works the way I think it will then it will be interesting.
    – Sovereignty and POS module timers and maybe even POS guns hacked and modified
    – Planet based weapons fired at EVE ships in orbit
    – PI disruptions
    – Ways for those of us who have been locked out of nullsec for far too long because we refuse to be a part of the goons etc. BS to stab these buggers in the toe hard

    January 8, 2013 at 7:52 pm Reply
    1. Doyche

      Bro find an npc. Nullsec station system and live there. You aren't missing much, fw is just as fun and much more economical

      January 8, 2013 at 8:51 pm Reply
  17. Flying Spaceships

    WTB story of first scam on a Dust dude :)

    January 8, 2013 at 8:10 pm Reply
  18. U know who

    Does that mean I can camp Branch local from the comfort of my PS3?

    January 8, 2013 at 8:39 pm Reply
  19. Random Miner

    as I have a PS3 for watching blurays I will probably buy Dust eventually, assuming no failscade. But I still think the best part of the article was the Office Space reference

    January 8, 2013 at 5:08 pm Reply
    1. That Guy

      its free

      January 8, 2013 at 10:22 pm Reply
      1. Random Miner

        funny, when I went on the PS3 to dl the beta it said I had to joi nthe PS3 network for like 50 bucks

        January 9, 2013 at 11:56 pm Reply
        1. Vati

          Clos beta need PS3 Plus network (exclusive) Oen beta non need pay.

          January 10, 2013 at 10:57 am Reply
        2. *_*

          PSN Network is free, online is free, Dust 514 is free… your talking about PS+ probably which would be 14 a month, but when open beta happens it doesnt matter, anyone can get in

          January 13, 2013 at 1:01 pm Reply
  20. Uncle__Bob

    <Biting tongue.>

    January 8, 2013 at 10:50 pm Reply
  21. truth

    why would you buy a PS3 now when PS4 will be out later this year, and thats even if its worth it just to play one F2P game

    January 9, 2013 at 12:09 am Reply
    1. leth

      This ^^ not the ideal time to release a PS3 game that you want to last.

      January 9, 2013 at 8:06 am Reply
      1. Ze Noob

        CCP has been hinting for a while now that Dust will be eventually made available to PC gamers ofc once their contract with their new gods and overlords Sony lol

        January 9, 2013 at 8:17 am Reply
      2. Marlona_Sky

        For the one millionth time. The game is a free download and when the PS4 comes out, it will be a free download there too.

        Why is this so hard for some of you to comprehend??

        January 9, 2013 at 5:14 pm Reply
    2. OMGFrigates Warpout

      Stop being a poor.

      January 9, 2013 at 1:51 pm Reply
  22. InkBob

    Just as long as they dont add to the lag 😛

    January 9, 2013 at 4:25 am Reply
  23. anon

    Dust: Still a CCP mistake.

    Get these kids OUT of my universe. I was here first… by about nine years. So… you either have to play on a console (which many in Eve consider children's toys) or pay someone else the ISK YOU EARNED to go play on a console to deal with whatever issues you have.

    WHAAAAA?

    January 9, 2013 at 4:42 am Reply
    1. Mala

      Really dude? You're that petty? Jesus christ you're the worst kind of player. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHpdgHTINik

      January 9, 2013 at 7:17 am Reply
  24. since 03

    I also give it 6 months, average shelf life of a concole game

    January 9, 2013 at 6:38 am Reply
  25. Father Gabriel

    mh .. welcome our Dusters ..and hopefully it does not cause lags and perhapse one day we get Dust on pcs :p anyhow lets see whats getting out of this, welcome

    January 9, 2013 at 8:19 am Reply
  26. James

    I for one look forward to this and I hope it lasts a long time. It will be more life to the EVE Universe and the planets will be more alive and more useful than PI.

    January 9, 2013 at 8:20 am Reply
    1. James

      Correction. It will make planets more alive and useful other than PI's.

      January 9, 2013 at 8:21 am Reply
  27. AntiDust

    Why we just cannot take 100 friends in destroyers , and level the districts and all dusters to the dust? 😉
    Because CCP anticipated this – sadly

    January 9, 2013 at 11:10 am Reply
  28. the vet

    what a load of rubbish, what are ccp up to

    The first episode of eve on-line dying is here

    I give dust 6 months, eve on-line 1 year, max

    January 9, 2013 at 11:13 am Reply
    1. Michamus

      Ah, yet another misinformed doomsayer.

      January 9, 2013 at 5:29 pm Reply
  29. Captain IQ

    *In six months time*

    Pilot A: OMFG look what we've got in local boys!
    Pilot B: What a red?
    Pilot A: No rarer than a red, it one of those Dust player guys.
    Pilot B: I thought they'd all stopped playing.
    Pilot A: No this poor guy's here all on his own, he must be the last one.
    Pilot B: So he must be playing with himself.
    Pilot A: Damn so they were just like us!!!

    January 9, 2013 at 2:50 pm Reply
    1. Cephias Caine

      LOL, thank you for that, made me LOL right in the middle of the office! Comedy Gold.

      January 11, 2013 at 2:41 pm Reply
  30. The Dark Apostle

    I am looking forward to seeing how Dust effects the EVE universe!!!

    :)

    January 10, 2013 at 12:45 pm Reply
  31. Azzie
    January 10, 2013 at 3:46 pm Reply
  32. Danee

    If they wont enable the travel between planets for the Dust players (courier), and broaden the battlefield to orbital stations and POSes and whatever comes to my mind like (npc)ship taking commandos, it will be fucked up and die sooner than we get used to it.

    January 14, 2013 at 7:47 am Reply
  33. Guest

    Open beta is up!

    January 23, 2013 at 1:53 pm Reply
  34. Why I live in Empire

    LOL,
    TPS reports

    January 25, 2013 at 11:16 am Reply
  35. Davinci007

    Quick question, sorry if I sound like a noob but never got to play Eve on the pc, now I'm not a big fan of 1st person shooters but I have a ps3 and EVE DUST 514 looks great but I was wondering if anyone knows if I would be able to play Dust 514 and strictly use ships and tanks and avoid the 1st person shooting part?

    January 27, 2013 at 1:33 am Reply

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