For the last 10 years CCP has made a mark for themselves in the MMORPG world with one of the most intricate, detailed, and expansive series to ever hit the internets, EVE Online. Now as the company gets ready for its bold new adventure into the F2P MMOFPS arena via the PS3, one has to wonder what to expect from a company that’s main game is just as well known for its corporate espionage as it is for its ginormous space battles. Recently, we got a chance to get some hands-on time with the upcoming beta and find out just what separates it from the herd.
You’ll start off as a mercenary soldier just chillin’ on their spaceship, which makes up the games main hub. This where you’ll customize your ship and character loadouts and other such standard competitive online shooter options. The standard class types that FPS players are familiar like engineer, sniper, and heavy assault are all there, but the weapons provided felt more specialized. Laser guns that fire a steady stream of pain on opponents and an anti-vehicle weapon that can blow just about anything up in shot are two that stand out from the crowd in particular.
Gameplay-wise Dust 514 seems to borrow from many of today’s popular shooters. Visuals will remind some of Planetside 2 or Halo. Pre-game you’ll have to select your spawn point for an aerial drop similar to the method used for deployment in Section 8. The various tanks, flying carries and mounted turrets give that classic Tribes vibe. Melding all these flavors together looks to provide players an extremely nuanced F2P experience.
But beyond PvP matches taking place on planets within the world of EVE Online. how do these two games interact? Well, there’s the fact that each army is recruited by an in-game corporation, but probably the more interesting aspect is the ability to blast your enemies and their installations with giant lasers from space via the Orbital Bombardment system. Think of it as a much more accurate, but less powerful Deathstar if you want. Basically entrepreneurs piloting giant ships above the planet in EVE Online can offer up assistance to their ground troops in Dust 514 by launching a tactically co-ordinated strike. The effect is similar to calling in an air strike in Call of Duty only it happens over the span of two entirely different games running on the same server, which is quite the technical feat. The results themselves are quite explosive and can turn the tide of battle in your favor quickly if executed properly. Plus, if you can watch both games going at the same time you can watch the whole transition from one title to the next in real time.
Dust 514 already has a lot of people excited, but with the onset of feature like Orbital bombardment and the launch of the Beta for PS3 yesterday fans can get a chance to find out just how satisfying to make laser dust out of their enemies right now. Just be sure you’ve made some friends in the EVE world before the game goes gold. Otherwise you may find yourself on the wrong side of the explosion.