Submitted by brettyd 1360d ago | news

Dust 514 now Free-to-play

Eurogamer can megaphone that Dust 514, the exclusive PS3 MMOFPS that will exist within Eve Online, will now be free to download and free to play. (DUST 514, PS3)

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yesmynameissumo  +   1360d ago
Smart and wise decision. Definitely going to check it out now.
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cannon8800  +   1360d ago
SWEET! Can't wait.
DeadlyFire  +   1360d ago
Always has been free to play to my knowledge. This is the first time hearing its free to own though.

Even if there is a level/cap to buy into the game like KILLZONE 3. Then I wouldn't mind. I was planning on buying full retail Dust 514 anyway from the start.
Elyxir-pSx  +   1360d ago
"It's very important as we take steps into this topic to unambiguously state that it is not a pay to win game," Laurino pressed on. "There is no micro-transaction that you can do that gives you an unfair advantage over someone who hasn't paid anything. It's the classic micro-transaction dynamic of, 'I can pay and get this item,' or, 'I can invest my time and get this item.' But neither of those options will give me an unfair advantage over the other."

So I'm guessing no level cap. Smart move on their part, because If I really like the game, I will most likely spend lots of money for the upgrades and vehicles.
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krisq  +   1360d ago
'Free to play' usally means 'Pay to win'. We'll see.
Christopher  +   1360d ago
Actually, that is rarely the case. Typically you only pay to advance faster, not to win.
gaffyh  +   1359d ago
Well seen as it clearly says "it's not a pay to win game" I can deduce that you fail at reading.
memots  +   1359d ago
'Posting on N4G' usally means 'Fail to read'. We'll see.

ps.. I didn't read it either but this is great news.
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krisq  +   1359d ago
Think about it. They will want to earn money. Do you really believe there won't be any advantage for someone who buys stuff in game? Why pay for something that won't give you the edge over everybody else?
bubs78  +   1359d ago
This is hardly news Eurogamer it was announced months ago.

Article written in June 2011.

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Moncole  +   1360d ago
I wonder what the catch is, when something goes F2P there is always something you gotta buy.

TF2: You have to buy it to get everything
Tribes Acend: If you want more xp you got to buy it and you can buy gold
KillZone 3: Free in till lvl 20 and you have to buy more of it
ScytheX3  +   1360d ago
KZ3 actually level 10 haha level 20 wouldnt be all that bad but level 10 next to nothing
Sharingan_no_Kakashi  +   1360d ago
Well yea that's how they make money off of it. It actually makes them MORE money than charging for the game. It being free makes it appealing for a much broader audience. And that audience will likely pay 1 or 2 dollars every now and then for a gun or a new map. Before they know it, in a year they'll have paid more money in dlc than they would've for the cost of a full priced game. It's genius. Playstation Home made millions off that model.
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morganfell  +   1360d ago
Exactly. At GDC last year they were discussing PS Home in one of the update seminars. People are clueless how much Sony and her partner companies are making off of it. People can attack it all they want but the fact is it generates massive revenue. And personally I have had a blast gaming in Home.

I can't wait to see the surprises Sony is going to unveil at GDC after this PSN maintenance period tonight.
metsgaming  +   1360d ago
^ speaking of home they really should add it for the vita. Alot of people go on home more than ppl think and i believe they would love for an opportunity do so on a portable. It would also help with the "social" aspect of the system.
DA_SHREDDER  +   1360d ago
I've spent I dont even know how much money just on private home spaces in PS Home. I also have an exclusive Aliens costume you can't find anymore. PS Home is the fundamental blueprint of what free to play means on Sony's platforms.
Virtual_Reality  +   1360d ago
There is ISK, you can buy different thing with that virtual money.

You earn that with minerals and probably doing different objectives.

Also, for those wondering if someone buy stuff and other player is playing for free:

"There is no micro-transaction that you can do that gives you an unfair advantage over someone who hasn't paid anything."
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DG90  +   1360d ago
It only be premium content you have to pay for i imagine
Godmars290  +   1360d ago
Thought it was free in the first place?

Free to play that is. That if you bought it you'd basically get a refund back of in-game credits.
Iceman X  +   1360d ago
Yeah this was always free from the 1st announcement. I guess people don't read.... very old news.
Virtual_Reality  +   1360d ago
The name of the article is wrong, it actually says ''DUST 514 will now be free to download and play''

The thing is, they get rid of the $20 price.
ginsunuva  +   1360d ago
But now they just took that initial credit fee away
KOOLWIIP  +   1360d ago
when will it be free to download is what i want to know?
Iceman X  +   1360d ago
This game is "Free to Play" meaning no monthly fee, but you will still have to buy the game. There has been no officail word on any free to download yet. But i really think it will be a normal game just without a monthly fee.
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MrBeatdown  +   1360d ago
The article title says it is free to download and play.
SweatyFlorida  +   1360d ago
They changed it hence the article. Now it's just straight free, though idk if we are going to get the extra credits however, but I guess it does open up a bigger opportunity to reel in some more people who still wouldn't want to have payed the $10-20 entry fee.
Iceman X  +   1360d ago
Not bad, i wonder what changed thier mind about payment, oh well it was always day 1 purchase for me anyway.
Ace_Man_6  +   1360d ago
PLAYER5095  +   1360d ago
when will it be releasing?
FutureTechnologies  +   1360d ago
Free to play = Pay to win
Virtual_Reality  +   1360d ago
"There is no micro-transaction that you can do that gives you an unfair advantage over someone who hasn't paid anything."
FutureTechnologies  +   1360d ago
They all say that...
humbleopinion  +   1360d ago
They didn't say anything about macro-transactions ;)
2pacalypsenow  +   1360d ago
r21  +   1360d ago
wow, this is pretty cool news. and you cant go wrong with free :D
gtxgamer2  +   1360d ago
What really blew my mind is when he said "It's not the classical, 'We're going to have four maps at launch...' We are covering literally a universe of planets, so there's thousands of different maps and they're all available to everyone who's playing," Now thats Awesome.
Hicken  +   1360d ago
Hell yes. All I need is a release date, and I'm golden.
2v1  +   1360d ago
s people on the psn will get it foe free , while on xbox live is not?
JakemanPS31994  +   1360d ago
its a PlayStation 3 exclusive. Thats means no xbox live.
2v1  +   1360d ago
s people on the psn will get it for free , while on xbox live is not?
PersonMan  +   1360d ago
its a PlayStation 3 exclusive. Thats means no xbox live.
Dlacy13g  +   1360d ago
Free to play is the new battle ground for the consoles. MS dabbled with Crimson Alliance but it was a toe dip. Their MS flight shows they are willing to take the plunge pc side but I am hoping Sony will push MS hard on this front. Free to play has been a PC only domain for some time, If consoles can successfully embrace the model it will open up options for many developers. Cheers to Sony for letting DUST514 go free to play.
Sci0n  +   1360d ago
Holy Smokes this news makes my day! smart buisness move as well. The game will be super populated on day one and we will be working with the PC eve online players! wow can you say innovation!? Take that Xbots while your paying for your shoddy XBL gold sub just to be able to game and message friends we are getting a free mmo on a already free network that's going to be compatible with PC! Ha!!!
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THC CELL  +   1360d ago
the killzone stunt has paid off
Nykamari  +   1360d ago
No the DCUO and HOME stunt is paying off. Killzone was decided after those two games.
RedDead  +   1360d ago
Killzone ain't F2P, it's just a trial
Citizen_King  +   1360d ago
Honestly can't wait for this game. I was willing to pay for it regardless, but this news have made the deal even sweeter!
Sizzon  +   1360d ago
That's awesome, can't wait for this game.
Choc_Salties  +   1360d ago
Looking forward to it, glad they removed the initial payment bit
telekineticmantis  +   1360d ago
Can we get some gameplay videos
and, a release date.
JoshHerrera  +   1360d ago
Is it still coming to the PSVita?
Adolph Fitler  +   1359d ago
Yeh, you probably get thrown into the game, walking around without any weapons, until you actually buy a pistol for $5.00, or a machine gun for $7.50, baseball bat $3.95, etc, etc....
I don't mean to be pesamistic, & I have always been interested in this game.......but I would prefer to just buy the game outright, rather than this covert, stealth, hidden cost shit.
The developers are a company......so they have to make money somehow, & I'd prefer to just reward them for there hard work instantaniously rather than not knowing what, how or why I'm paying.
suicidalblues  +   1359d ago
You REALLY need to learn to read before you comment.
ATi_Elite  +   1359d ago
Smart move!
Smart move cause Dust 514 was gonna FAIL!

a large gaming community was needed for Dust 514 to work properly and they realized the game was not gonna generate the proper sales figures at $60. So to get that community CCP changed it to F2P and that will get gamers online in large numbers and banging it out in the Eve Online Universe.

Also this gives console gamers a taste at what PC Gamers have been enjoying for a while and that's the greatness of F2P.

Next Gen consolers get MMO's and more F2P as consoles evolve further into PC's.
Finalfantasykid  +   1359d ago
This is something I'd like to see more of with MMOs. This way anybody can play and try it out, and if they seriously want to be competitive, then they will buy everything needed to be successful. For me it is that subscription commitment without playing the game yet which blocks me from ever playing any MMO.
PirateThom  +   1359d ago
Where are people getting $60 costs from?

As far as I remember, it was a downloadable title, always free, but you bought a small buy in of in game credits (and I think it was like $5 or $10 or something)
suicidalblues  +   1359d ago
I don't think they discussed price at E3, and so many people just assumed it would be a standard price.
sGIBMBR  +   1359d ago
Wow that's awesome... How does one profit from such business decision though?

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