In a statement today on the Dust 514 forums, CCP Games Community Team Member CCP Frame informed fans that Dust 514, the PlayStation 3-exclusive, ground-based shooter spinoff of Eve Online, would cease operations as of May 30.
There’s a lot of explanation in the first paragraph of the statement, but what it all appears to boil down to is that CCP would rather use its limited resources on the upcoming Project Legion. An update regarding that game will be announced at Eve Fanfest on April 21, with tiered rewards being offered to Dust players upon launch.
CCP had high hopes for Dust 514, which launched in May 2013. The integration of the Eve and Dust universes was to be a major draw, though it was always questionable as to why one game would be offered on PCs while the other limited to a console. As late as last March, however, CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson called Dust “a profitable business for CCP.” Was that just CEO-speak or did Dust fall off a cliff? Maybe someone needs to buy Hilmar a few drinks at Fanfest to find out.