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Review: Dust 514 photo
Review: Dust 514
by Chris Carter

Dust 514 is one of the most ambitious games of all time. Not content with just offering a shooter within the EVE Online universe, CCP Games seeks to actually connect the game to EVE itself, allowing both titles to influence each other in a huge way. It's a major undertaking, and something that was immediately noticed from the very start of the project -- if successful, it could very well change the way we look at gaming.

There's only one problem: it needs a ton of work before it gets there.

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How CCP made a virtual reality spaceship dogfighting sim photo
How CCP made a virtual reality spaceship dogfighting sim
by Joseph Leray

EVR opens with a pilot in the cockpit of a small ship, docked in a cramped launching tube. After a short countdown, the ship is fired out like a bottle rocket, the compact hangar giving way to the sheer expanse of space, littered with fragments of asteroids, a scuttled Minmatar Tempest gunship, and the remains of an ancient cathedral.

It’s one thing to move a character or a ship through a three-dimensional space, but it’s another to strap on a virtual reality headset and be able to look left and right into infinity, to look down and see a set of hands clutching a flight stick.

I imagine being launched from the Battlestar Galactica in a Viper would feel like the first thirty seconds of EVR.

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8:00 PM on 04.30.2013

Here's a petition for CCP to release virtual-reality EVR

While I imagine there's nothing quite like putting on an Oculus Rift for yourself and diving into EVR, Joseph's descriptions from Fanfest and this trailer have me convinced the project should see a wider release. Six-on-six ...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 03.26.2013

EVE Online: Odyssey will redesign space exploration

EVE Online is always being patched, tweaked, re-tweaked, and updated, and it's a constantly evolving game. Lately there have been some major changes in the works and it looks like a lot of these changes will become fully...

Joshua Derocher

12:00 PM on 02.28.2013

EVE Online starts second decade 500,000 subs strong

Massive space MMO Eve Online has just passed the 500,000 subscriber mark for the first time. CCP says that they're going into the game's second decade with the "most explosive subscriber growth" in its history. This...

Dale North





12:00 PM on 02.19.2013

EVE Online: Retribution 1.1 roundup

The newest patch for EVE Online is up today, and it brings incremental changes to gameplay, some welcome interface tweaks, better corporation recruitment, and a continuation of the complete overhaul to skill t...

Joshua Derocher

3:45 PM on 02.13.2013

EVE corporation disputes ISK confiscated by developers

An unnamed player was banned recently from EVE Online by CCP's security team for being suspected of running a bot on the marketplace. The practice of market botting involves running a script that can create buy and ...

Joshua Derocher

9:30 PM on 02.04.2013

EVE Fanfest has a trailer and tickets for sale

Tickets are now available for CCP's Fanfest, a celebration of all things EVE Online. This year, we can expect a lot of the coverage to be focused on the integration of Dust  514, since it's now an official part of the E...

Joshua Derocher

7:00 PM on 02.04.2013

Still flying: Why I play EVE Online

EVE Online is one of those games that people on gaming sites are always talking about, but comparatively few people play it. This crazy sandbox is filled with tales of pirates, thieves, griefing, and war. It has an insan...

Joshua Derocher



One pilot's mistake leads to massive battle in EVE Online photo
One pilot's mistake leads to massive battle in EVE Online
by Joshua Derocher

Every once in a while I have people who don't play EVE Online ask me about something major that happened in the game. This past weekend, I have had a lot people asking me about the Battle of Asakai, in which one pilot's simple mistake led to over 3,000 players being called into one system to fight.

EVE's wild frontier allows players to do anything they want. And in the Battle of Asakai, they wanted to blow lots of things up.

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Dust 514 now in open beta on the PlayStation 3 photo
Dust 514 now in open beta on the PlayStation 3
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

CCP's ambitious first-person shooter Dust 514 is now in open beta. The free-to-play shooter, as you may already know, is linked to EVE Online, the crazy space game that's an actual viable export of Iceland. I'm not joking. 

The game will officially launch later this year, but until then CCP plans on improving Dust 514 on a regular basis. The big hook to the game is that players in EVE can rain down space lasers on targets you designate on the ground while playing Dust 514. There's a whole economy system in place, so EVE and Dust players will benefit from working together. 

In the match I played at a recent preview event, I saw a number of EVE attacks hit my enemies, and my own team too. I like the overall idea to the concept, but based on the latest hands-on I don't see myself getting too invested.

My main gripe is with the player cap. Right now they're at 32, and eventually they want to get to 48-players per map. Hopefully that happens sooner than later as the maps are so big that it gets a little boring trying to find people to kill. There's still a lot of work that needs to be done before this one grabs my attention.

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6:30 PM on 01.14.2013

CCP will roll out the Dust 514 open beta next week

After being available in closed beta for some time now on PlayStation 3, Dust 514 will be entering open beta on January 22, 2013, CCP Games announced today. And the timing couldn't be better. Arguably the most interesting asp...

Jordan Devore

11:00 PM on 10.12.2012

CCP has a five-year roadmap for Dust 514

EVE Online developer CCP has high hopes for its PlayStation 3-exclusive Dust 514. Chatting with GamesIndustry International, executive producer Jonathan Lander revealed "Our plan is that we want in another ten years to be hav...

Jordan Devore



Contest: We're giving away 1,000 DUST 514 beta keys! photo
Contest: We're giving away 1,000 DUST 514 beta keys!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: The keys are all gone! Enjoy]

The fine folks at CCP have hooked us up with 1,000 beta keys for DUST 514! The upcoming free-to-play PS3 shooter directly ties into the PC MMORPG EVE Online, with actions in one game directly affecting those in the other. That's cross-platform, cross-game integration, people!

To snag yourself a pass to the beta, just head on over to our Beta Giveaways page and press the button! Note that the keys only work on North American PlayStation 3s, so plan accordingly.

Have fun!

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gamescom: Dust 514 is looking a lot better photo
gamescom: Dust 514 is looking a lot better
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Dust 514 made its gameplay debut at the EVE Online Fanfest event earlier this year where I got some extensive hands-on time with the game. Back then, I thought the overall concept was great, but the visuals and controls needed a lot of work. I'm happy to say Dust 514 has come a long way since I last saw it six months ago.

In terms of visuals, everything looks significantly better. What I saw back at Fanfest made the game look like a last-generation game, graphically. Now it looks like it belongs with the heaping amount of other first-person shooter titles on the market. 

Controls have been tuned up, too. They were really my main concern, and it's great to see the team at CCP make some serious fixes here. The gun handling overall feel a lot more tight, but there is still some looseness going on with the firing mechanics. Specifically, the sniper rifle was completely useless -- there was simply way too much sway applied to the design. 

It's great to see CCP on the right track as I'm really interested in seeing what effect having a free-to-play game on the PlayStation 3, and having a direct connection to EVE Online on the PC will do for the future of this industry. I wasn't all that convinced that this would make a good first-person shooter originally, but the gamescom demo has definitely changed my mind. 

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3:00 AM on 08.14.2012

PlayStation Plus subscribers getting beta of Dust 514

To celebrate what CCP Games calls the "Precursor" phase for Dust 514, the developers have announced that PlayStation Plus subscribers can get in on the closed beta for Dust 514 from August 21 through September 4. Joining Merc...

Brett Zeidler