CCP Games today launched Dust 514, the world’s first free-to-play, multiplayer first-person shooter on a console exclusively on the PS3. New features, content, and upgrades are planned for years to come, beginning with an update in June and additional major releases throughout 2013. All updates to Dust 514 will come at no additional cost.
Dust 514 is also fully integrated with the sci-fi setting of EVE Online, a massive game universe that recently surpassed a half-million subscribers worldwide.
“Dust 514 has been forged by the willpower and skills of the players who have joined us on the journey to launch, and the talent and determination of our development teams around the world,” said CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson. “We are now poised for the next phase of development of Dust 514 and the EVE Universe. We are off to a fantastic start, and ahead is the opportunity to expand even further what games can become. After a decade of preparing for this moment, we will at last see the emerging society of Dust players begin to fight gun-and-grenade for planetary dominance, alongside their EVE Online brethren. For all we have done so far, our best moments are yet to come.”
If you’re the type who likes to spend money to get ahead of the competition, CCP will be offering three new item bundles on the PSN Store and the Sony Entertainment Network Store starting today as well. These item bundles are:
- Mercenary Pack – An updated version of the popular open beta bundle that includes 40,000 Aurum to spend in-game, a 30-day skill booster (+50%), and exclusive gear. ($19.99 / £15.99 / €19.99)
- Veteran Pack – Comes with dropsuits, boosters, 100,000 Aurum, a permanent Blood Raider Acolyte vehicle, a deadly sniper rifle, and more. ($49.99 / £39.99 / €49.99)
- Elite Pack – The ultimate in mercenary preparedness, the Elite Pack offers 200,000 Aurum, boosters, four dropsuits, multiple weapons, a permanent light attack vehicle, and a collection of Heavy Assault Vehicles. ($99.99 / £84.99 / €99.99)
If you hop on Dust 514 today, let us know what you think about it in the comments below.