As any eve player with an internet connection already heard, CCP have announced their upcoming FPS/RTS/MMO console game DUST 514. First of all, I donâ€™t own a console, nor am I planning on getting one in the near or distant future.
At first I thought, ok thatâ€™s nice, itâ€™s in the eve universe, fine by me. But then the german site Golem.de announced that the game will rely heavily on interaction between the â€˜dustiesâ€™ and the eve pod pilots.
And that is where I think this game is bound to fail. Will there be enough dust players in the first place to have an impact on the eve universe ? Will these players be interested to make a commitment for months to a corp / alliance ? Will the DUST game be fun if they stay in their starter corp ? And what impact will that have ? Will there be mutual chat channels, and if so, will they be different from the rookie help channel ?
Will this interaction, the merge of communities really happen ? It seems to me that the game will fall or succeed depending on that concept.
To have an outside game have an impact on the Eve universe (and a console game at that) is just a bad idea. But maybe it will all work out and I will have to write a blog post saying that I am wrong in the future ;).
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