what happened to dust 514 and what exactly did CCP say before they shut it down? I never played the game but from what I have found it looks like the best game ever, with all the connection to eve online and orbital bombardment and stuff. why did it ended?
But I think it all stems out of teh fact it was multiplayer made for console. In 2014 CCP showed that they seen the problem with eventual demise of that console and tried developing DUST for PC, which didnt work out. They showed some demo publicly on fanfest for PC but thats all.
I played it and enjoyed it when it was around. I never uninstalled it from my PlayStation 3 and it was sort of always there. I did sell it and I was kind of sad when I reformatted it because there went my copy of Dust. The PS4 was really just around the corner when DUST came out, and I’m not sure if people were spending money on the game or not.
I bought a mattress a few years ago and the guy who sold it to me was an avid DUST player. Literally the only time I’ve ever met another Eve player. He played it because it was free, as it took quite a bit of convincing for his wife to let him get a PS3 in the first place. (It was a blu-ray player first) and DUST was free to download and play.
I bought a playstation just to play Dust. The idea of the game was fine, but it was stuttering, the resolution was really low, it was a bit like I was catapulted to the past and got a potato to play on. I tried to play it a couple times, but I really can understand why it died. At least the playstation could be used as a blueray player…
To this day I can’t understand why they always kill their new games by tying them to a completely hopeless platform no one has (VR) or is at the end of its lifecycle (PS3), when they have a fanbase on PC basically begging for the game.
Memory hazy but I feel like a game they competed with was PlanetSide 2. Dollar for dollar I think that was a better game? Opinion obviously. Both free to play
Edit: that being PlanetSide 2 as the better game
I was hyped af for the game and was at fanfest when they showed of valkyrie too.
However I had no interest in buying a ps3 just for dust and an expensive VR set up just for valkyrie. The latter also being the reason I havent played hl alyx altough being a massive HL fan.
I guess the reason it died is, as mentioned by the previous poster, that ccp decided to make it a ps3 exclusive.
EVE: Valkyrie – Warzone is a first-person spaceship shooter that brings VR-quality
immersion to PC and PlayStation®4 in a new expansion – without the need
for a virtual reality headset.
You don’t need VR for valkyrie
I shared the very same history with Dust as you did, bought a ps3 to play it (at reduced prices and with extras, coz … end of life cycle). The game itself was pretty much DOA.
It used an old engine.
It was nothing special as a fps, that in itself already doomed it.
The game was developed far away from where EvE is developed. It showed. It felt like it didn’t share the company culture.
There was no real connection with EvE online, except for silly orbital bombardments.
Aggravating bugs. I remember characters getting stuck on invisible ledges. And sniping from drop down ships…
Very limited content. No real progress during beta.
It could have been great, if it had been integrated with Eve, but they kept struggling with the engine.
Seems to me it would be a great idea if it was done well but maybe it was more of a gimmick agreement with Sony to sell entire consoles for people to play one game. (targeting the knowledge of how much Eve players will spend on their game and anything to do with it)
Given that not everyone would want to buy a Ps3 just to play DUST 514 instead of Eve online itself or both at the same time they probably knew it was only going to have short term limited success but when your sales model is selling a game + one console and a controller they probably made huge profit for the investment and this is probably also why the quality of the game itself was very basic in comparison to the rest of Eve and it was decided to kill it instead of trying to keep it alive and well into the future.
It wasn’t worth the cost of keeping it going and improving upon it after the initial limited success they knew it was going to have just to sell the game and any cut they got from Sony for getting Eve players to buy their consoles.
Otherwise they could easily have continued it even until today as PS3 servers are yet to be decided when they will actually shut down.
At that point it would just have been a drain of both resources and the money they already made because they would be forced to keep updating a console game with new content for a PC game that is typically known to provide new content for no additional cost.
but will CCP ever make another game like this? it looks crazily attracting to me.