E3: CCP on why Dust 514 is skipping Xbox 360 and PC

The news about Dust 514 at E3 this year was that it’s now a PlayStation 3 exclusive. Well, why? CCP Games gave an answer to Rock, Paper, Shotgun.

“Most of Dust is running on our own technology, it’s running on our own super-computer, on Tranquillity,” says producer Thomas Farrer. “And Sony is a lot more … open, shall we say, to allowing you to do those things. It may seem silly, but on Xbox Live your identity is your Xbox Live identity. In the EVE universe, having people not know who you are is quite important.”

For a potential Xbox 360 release, “I don’t think it’s about saying we ‘couldn’t’ do it. I think some of the challenges we’d meet would be tricky. But then also as a developer you’ve got to weigh the balance. It’s nice to work on one platform rather than two, because it means you don’t have to make any awkward compromises, technically.” Why no PC, though? “We don’t want to cannibalise our own player-base.”

As someone who never intends to play EVE Online but would almost certainly enjoy Dust 514 on PC — a sentiment I feel like many of you share — that’s unfortunate to hear.

CCP: Sony “More Open” To DUST Experiment [Rock, Paper, Shotgun]

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