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DUST Mercs is a Dust 514 dedicated blog which has been lining up and reporting on DUST 514 from day one. We invite you to visit their blog at dustmercs.blogspot.com.

Dust 514 fans are excited for good reason after Fanfest. We received the most information to date and even got to see much of the future road map and things to come. CEO Pyrex did a great job here of breaking down much of what was seen in a short version. CCP already has all of the Dust keynotes on twitch as well and we will link them below, keep in mind its a much longer version.

Some of the things that really excited us were the new weapon scopes, fresh game modes, the information about Planetary Conquest and the variety of all the racial equipment. Here are some other things we really liked.

1. Penetration Gameplay – Imagine the the implications of fighting on EVE ships. CCP Jian remarked that one particular environment is “What looks like the inside of a Titan.” EVE players collectively gasped, no doubt. It was also probably the impetus for this tweet by Goon Overload The Mittani Tweet .

2. The Space Elevator – Another look at the growing connection between the new games. We cant wait for things like this, the player trade market and the orbital cannon.

3. EVE players piloting Warbarges – We did a piece about the Warbage not so long ago. This was another hint at connecting the two games. We’re not sure Dust players will be totally comfortable with being dependent on capsuleers. Better get an EVE account then. If all else fails see #1 for other options. Imagine a ship full of Dust mercenary pirates who fly through null sec baiting an unwary EVE pilots into attacking them and being boarded….Oh the possibilities! Be very afraid.

4. The Starmap – We got to see the new iteration in all its PC-centric glory. Well done, CCP.

5. The Roadmap – There was so much here to get excited about. Speeders, MAVs, The Minmatar sniper rifle and AR, new heavy suits, fresh environments and how about those fighters? The list goes on and on.

6. 5.14 – Rejoice! We finally have a release date. On 5.14/13 Dust will exit beta and take its place among the truly remarkable concepts in gaming. While we hope to see improvements made to the tutorial, matchmaking and game incentives, the game is positioned to succeed and change shooters forever.

As always, we’ll continue to attempt to help promote and publish ideas that
help establish, enhance and grow the Dust 514 community as much as we can. Have any ideas that need sharing? Would you like to join our staff as a writer? Be sure to
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- Magww

15 Comments

  1. Plum Rocker

    Dust Mercs on mah sheep!? Right click "self-destruct" in most scenarios I would guess.

    Unless they either give the mercs a way of shutting down the self destruct, which probably entail getting to the bridge and severing the connection the pod pilot has to his ship or CCP just implements that once a ship is boarded the self destruct becomes unavailable.

    Guessing pod pilots would train a skill that would increase their ships inner defenses against merc's or have to now fit the inside of their ships with counter-measures.

    May 2, 2013 at 7:06 pm Reply
    1. Antigoony

      I will be sure to have a bunch of Militants in my hold at all times…

      And Exotic Dancers if I think the Mercs can be bribed

      May 2, 2013 at 7:23 pm Reply
      1. duerp

        Militants? Why kill them? Why not slaver hounds and a supply of Vitoxin/Vitoc? Put em to work.

        May 3, 2013 at 12:17 am Reply
        1. Dgaan

          Slaver hounds would be an awesome addition to the game for dust players to use against each other.

          May 3, 2013 at 9:05 am Reply
  2. Meh

    Mhhh i can smell a typical current null sec block tactic , in the future tey will not blob with drakes or whatever ship it is nowdays but with ps3 kids high on koolaid spewing thousands of mercs at your lonely exhumer in da belt.

    May 2, 2013 at 9:07 pm Reply
    1. Resubbed Bitter Vet

      If they started spewing mercs at my exhumer, would they be considered kinetic damage?

      May 3, 2013 at 2:51 am Reply
  3. orly?

    I think CCP can count on lots of hate if ships start falling to mercs from bust 514. If there's a way to fight them using only EVE Online resources (NOT including hiring other mercs) I'm up for the challenge. If I have to hire kids with consoles to defend something I've spent 4 years building, I'm out.

    I'm really enjoying playing Eve online. However, if dustbunnies can start taking ships based on being paid to do so, you can basically count on the rich in Eve getting richer and the poor staying solo / small corp or rage-quitting.

    It sounds so cool – and yet is such a horrible idea.

    May 2, 2013 at 9:47 pm Reply
    1. YA RLY

      Can I have your stuff?

      May 2, 2013 at 11:30 pm Reply
  4. burn

    Oh Funny DUST launch is 5.14.
    Well done CCP now the game title makes finally sense to me.

    May 2, 2013 at 10:57 pm Reply
  5. Dust player

    I find it funny that these post make references to kids playing dust. When in actuality the game is played by an older crowd just like eve.

    May 3, 2013 at 5:19 am Reply
  6. bitter vet

    If I a fee paying subscriber on multiple accounts can get shafted by a non subscribing console scrub ( pc doesnt even get the bloody game ffs) then im out and ill just play the new elite. Before dust can have any influence on sov in 0.0. Space supremacy must be the deciding fact eve ships must be able to perform drive bys and exterminatus ( complete annihilation of everything ) WITHOUT needing dust players to paint a target. Dust players could raid pi etc but sov warfare must be decided in space

    May 3, 2013 at 11:22 am Reply
    1. NoTech

      Yes, like in real wars, no ground forces needed at all….

      May 3, 2013 at 12:58 pm Reply
      1. orly?

        There's nothing wrong with ground combat. However – if you try to list the number of conflicts where air superiority wasn't a factor in victory the list is very short, indeed.

        May 3, 2013 at 1:53 pm Reply
        1. Pregnant Wombat

          actually its probably really really long… however air superiority has only been a factor in the last century lol. ——-Insert Smart Comment

          May 5, 2013 at 4:50 am Reply
    2. keepitlikeitwas

      These tears are fantastic.

      May 4, 2013 at 3:37 pm Reply

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