DUST 514: Gameplay, Beta Details
As of now, it's just about everything you've wanted to know about CCP's DUST 514.
As revealed at the PlayStation Blog, the developer's goals are sky-high; the concept of a standard shooter will never be the same again.
First, executive producer Brandon Laurino explains how the game will work with the already established EVE Online. Players new to the latter universe won't be at a disadvantage, although EVE veterans will certainly need less in the way of a tutorial. Second, for those who still aren't sure of what sort of gameplay to expect:
"Essentially it’s a vehicular combat game on an extremely large scale, and then when you move into installations and outposts, it’s more infantry based. We’re using Unreal Engine 3 and we’ve incorporated a Mega Terrain engine into it that lets us create huge levels with varied terrain, with a vast array of vehicles ranging from buggies to tanks to aircraft. Typically, you would use vehicles to traverse the landscape and engage in closer combat when you deploy into outposts, but there is a huge amount of tactical freedom, way outside of those broad examples."
Third, Laurino talks about the team's beta plans. It's a little more complicated than your standard beta, as it has to be worked into the living, breathing universe of EVE Online. There is a difference between EVE and DUST 514 and CCP has to be aware of the changes to the landscape when they begin testing their newest project.
"To give a bit of context, in EVE Online you play as the pilot of a spaceship – a capsuleer – and in DUST 514 you play as a mercenary on the ground. It’s going to be a bit weird if, all of a sudden, we release the DUST 514 beta and all these mercenaries suddenly show up in the EVE universe, so the setting is that the first small group of players that get access to the Private Trials will be the first trial of this new mercenary technology in the context of EVE Online. Just as you’re helping to test the game in the real world, in the EVE world you’re taking part in war games organised to test this new mercenary technology."
It might be unfair to label DUST 514 as a straight MMO, even though that's what it is. Shooter fans will get the action they crave, RPG aficionados will certainly receive a fair amount of depth, and even strategy followers will get some elements to call their own. It really is a mix and one worthy of your attention. The ambition is high, but you gotta love that.
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10/10/2011 8:59:03 PM Ben Dutka