Icelandic gaming company CCP and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) have announced that they will be working together to release the game DUST 514 for the PlayStation 3.
Rob Dyer, Senior Vice President, Sony Computer Entertainment of America, said at a press conference, “The ability for Sony Computer Entertainment to partner with a developer like CCP, known for pushing the boundaries of creativity and innovation in the MMO genre, holds tremendous potential for the PlayStation 3 community. We anticipate that DUST 514 will transform the landscape across PlayStation 3 and the PC, ushering in a new era of shared cross platform gaming.”
Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, CEO of CCP, added, “When we set out to build a true persistent shooter for consoles, it was evident that Sony’s dedication to providing a flexible and MMO-friendly platform – alongside a robust virtual goods business model – made the PlayStation 3 the natural home for DUST 514. CCP’s ambition is to bring a level of truly meaningful, persistent gameplay to the PlayStation 3 never before seen.”
DUST 514 has some overlap with Eve Online, the MMORPG that is CCP’s flagship game. As CCP explains: “With DUST 514, EVE’s starship pilots can forge alliances with DUST 514 mercenaries to engage in fierce surface firefights to conquer territories on the planets of New Eden, which are common to both games. The actions of ground troops and orbiting attack fleets are tightly interwoven, with the real time actions of players in one game directly affecting the other. A single bullet fired on the planet below can pivot the balance of power in EVE Online. Every action has consequences, and every reaction has the potential to topple empires.”
The full release of DUST 514 is expected
this summer summer 2012.