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DUST 514 requires "cover charge" from PS3 players

PushSquare: "Despite CCP insisting Dust 514 will be free-to-play, it's actually not. Well it is, but it isn't. Contradictions? We'll let CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson explain."

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Wizziokid2349d ago

"“You’re really getting the game for free but you have to pre-buy credits in the beginning. We might go fully free-to-play down the line, but in the beginning we have a cover charge just to manage the initial launch of it."

so what is it like the APB model when you buy play time? I don't get it, I don't mind paying along as the game is full of content and well-done. obviously free is good though ;)

bozebo2349d ago (Edited 2349d ago )

"You’re really getting the game for free but you have to pre-buy credits in the beginning. We might go fully free-to-play down the line, but in the beginning we have a cover charge just to manage the initial launch of it."

If they want a big fanbase it will have to be free to play from launch.

The reason you have to buy credits is because it is economically linked to Eve Online where you can pay for your time in-game by grinding a bit here and there and play it for free - if Dust 514 does that in a shooter kind of way it will be awesome for those good at shooters and bad for people just wanting a bit of fun. I don't think consoles are the right place for gaming where you find yourself feeling responsible in some way for your real-life finances, a laid back experience would be better for many players.

I don't think it will have a particularly large number of players, but those who do play it will probably be quite loyal and the game will sustain a reasonable level of players for some years - unlike most console exclusives where the online space dries up pretty fast as people move on to play different games more often.

Jdoki2349d ago (Edited 2349d ago )

The trailer they showed seemed clear that an ISK value was attached to everything. So I assume players will need to group together to buy the best stuff (like the Corps in EVE Online)

Whether Credits convert to ISK I dunno. It would suck if people with bigger RL bank accounts had access to the best equipment - it creates a horribly uneven playing field.

Perhaps the purchase of Credits will be to kick start the economy in the game, after which the game could go completely F2P.

This game is high on my radar, but if it ends up being a microtransaction or some sort of Pay to Play fest I'll probably pass.

Bay2349d ago

It'll be fine if the game's CD was free to begin with, just with that $10-$20 cover charge after you pop in the CD (and as long as it says so very clearly on the box).

But, I really doubt many players are going to be willing to shell out $60 (or more depending on your country) + tax + this cover charge. That's quite a lot more for an, as of now, not too well known game.

SweatyFlorida2349d ago (Edited 2349d ago )

Its a PSN download as far as I know, there is no "CD". So everyone pays the same $10-20 cover charge and that's it, beauty of digital downloading. (At least I'm assuming all PSN prices are the same for every region)

Bay2349d ago

Yeah and I'm glad it's digital download. Imagine if it was $60 retail with a CD? Man...

jerethdagryphon2349d ago

its a download and i can see why there doing th cover charge

it prevents timewasters screwing with the eve side

everything is linked youll get hired for jobs in game by eve players i dont think after the initial cover charge thell be any fees youll need to earn your money

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