Giving everything that’s has transpired for CCP financially, you would think with all the money lost, the time and effort and manpower; at some point you just have to pick a horse and jump.
Now im not a CFO, I’ve never had millions of dollars on the line, but even I know you have to start doing something to revitalize your brand.
Dust 514 was, in my opinion, the greatest formula for a first person shooter ever made, bar none. With your background in World of Darkness table top campaign settings, it’s np wonder you guys were able to create a magnificent game; through the use of a skill tree, and Isk based system, it rewarded good players with an edge they could make their characters rise above the rest. With upgrades to precision and ammo capacity, logistics operators with their proto tools, heavies; wether they were Caldari, or Ammar: you had to specialize in that dropsuit to survive.
There is no reason why a second console game could not be put to work.
With all the indie games that are released weekly, that are free to play, you guys could, by Christmas, drop a game on console that could compete with any game developer. The depth of 514 gameplay alone kept a lot of us captivated for three years, having never had a storyline, or a campaign. Fortnite doesn’t have a real story line, Realm Royale doesn’t have a story at all.
Release re-release Dust 514 with all the modifications you made for project Nova. Keep it separate from Eve, just a Beta release to get started. In game aurum can bre spent like before on basic blueprints and camos. You start generating income.
Season 1 kicks off with your standard ambush, and domination. You had what you needed for a survival mode with the eve invasion. Don’t sit on your thumbs with only 4 levels of weapons. You release 3 new weapon phases for your weapon specialization, prototype, advanced prototype, and experimental. It took me nearly a year to reach level 5 specialization. But then you have magazines, ammo type, muzzle type, barrel type, iron, red dot, ACOG, scoped. There’s a ton of cosmetics that you can employ.
Destiny has raids, why not Dust. Send a squad to a moon to eradicate a nest of intergalactic cockroaches. You guys keep juggling your r&d money when you have a game of the year sitting in front of you. Just drop it, set your date for 10 weeks and release season two. Then three. There id no reason not to venture out.
Console wise, as much as I hate ro suggest a game platform I don’t yet own, I’d go with Google’s new console? coming out late this month. They with be all you need to grow. Just releasing it under GOOGLE is a marketing plus.
All this back and forth, time to look out over the depth of this financial canyon you’ve dug, take a breath, a little faith… and just go for it.