After reading the news this morning that Dust 514 would be a PS3 exclusive, I was planning on writing an extensive blogpost about it, but Roc Wieler already wrote one that I might as well link:
Oh for Dustâ€™s sake !
He exactly words my sentiments, when he says â€˜could I afford a PS3, yes I can, but not for just one game!â€™. I already own an xbox 360 and quite a few games, but itâ€™s catching dust (!) already. I am not going to buy another console.
Furthermore from what I understood so far, Dust 514 will be free on the PSN network, and you can buy stuff like weapons through the RMT store. On the xbox I have played games like that, or spend a few points in the marketplace to do so, and usually you play these games a few times and then just forget about it. Wonâ€™t the same happen to Dust ?
Anyway, I am not quite enthusiastic lately the way things are going in Eve-Landâ€¦
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 ;).
Jon Shuteâ€™s Blogpost
Forum Thread (the main one, there are plenty of others)
Keith Neilsonâ€™s Blogpost(s)
Interview with CCP Ceo