This is an interesting time for Free-to-Play gaming. For those of us that have embraced the F2P culture over the past few years, we have seen the multiplayer side of the PC gaming industry undeniably shaped by the F2P model. The model is practically ubiquitous when it comes to the MMO market, with more high quality games such as TERA turning F2P and shedding their P2P roots for the better.

Today’s Dust 514 open beta announcement marks more then just the start of another F2P shooter. It signals yet another transition towards quality, high profile F2P titles on home consoles. DUST 514 is more then just a lobby based shooter. It’s a cooperative experience that spans two separate and fundamentally different games -DUST 514 and EVE Online- across two platforms, yet combines the two into a single persistent online universe in real time.

It’s an incredible system with players in the space MMO EVE acting as overlords and issuing missions to DUST players. If the ground troops in DUST are able to successfully carry out the mission they reap the rewards put up by the EVE player. This in turn gives the EVE player whatever reward he was seeking by issuing the attack in the first place which usually involves controlling certain sectors in space.

However, the interaction between the two ins’t simply a static one. During a mission, DUST players can request orbital bombardments from players in EVE in real time. If the EVE player is orbiting the corresponding planet the battle is taking place on they can fulfill the request and actually bombard the enemy side during battle. Consequently, players on the enemy faction in DUST can take control of certain installations on planets in order to fire back at the orbiting ships in EVE.

The end result is a very symbiotic relationship and one that perfectly fits within the two game’s inherently different playstyles and platforms. It is for these reasons we now shift from just covering F2P PC games to covering both PC and console F2P games.

If you’re interested in trying out DUST 514 the open beta date is set for January 22nd. The game will be available to download through the official Playstation Store.

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  1. ken on January 21, 2013

    im so excited tommorw is the open beta hopefully I like it, sick of cod and this will hold me until warface comes out this spring. ps3 is better then xbox except when it comes to gears of war this it how it goes for me, 1. pc 2. ps3 3 xbox 360, 4 wii u 5 wii, future reference xbox 720, ps4 might be coming out december so cross your fingers.

  2. VizuaaLOG on January 16, 2013

    This needs to be on pc or xbox. this game makes me want ps3 🙁

  3. Josef Srpa on January 16, 2013

    Too bad it’s not on xbox 360

    • Adomic on January 16, 2013

      PFT! Xbox couldnt handle this, and why would I want a bunch of whiny 360 kids playing along side me, I get enough of the lucky PS3 kids who still bitch and whine.

  4. Roder112 on January 15, 2013

    is it only for PS3 or for x-box too ?

  5. Cyberpunk on January 15, 2013

    Holy crap a F2P title for greedy console???Mind blowing

    • Cyberpunk on January 15, 2013

      Looks damn good,love the style.To bad i cant play it

    • Adomic on January 15, 2013

      Why is it that everyone seems to think that Sony is greedy? Look at Xbox 360, they make you pay $60 a year for “Gold Membership” just so you can play online and gain access to certain content, what does Sony offer, for the price of $60 you get early access to betas, free content that normally will cost others money, discounted prices for DLC or Full games. For free you have access to the entire PSN Store(all but PS+) you have access to online content as well as being able to play online…so to me you know who looks greedy Microsoft not Sony.

      Xbox 360 does not have its own servers, nor does PS3, the servers for the games you play online(ie Ghost Recon Future Soilder, COD BO2, Socom4, BF3) are created and supported by the companies that made them,(ei Ubisoft, Activision, Zipper(or SOE only sony server) and Electronic Arts( EA) So why does Sony offer free access to these servers while Microsoft makes you pay to access them through Xbox 360, while on PC once again they are free to access(except Socom4 which does not have a PC version)…Xbox is the greedy Console

  6. gaz on January 15, 2013

    this looks a lot like planetside 2 gameplay wise atleast…

  7. proslayer4 on January 15, 2013

    can u play this game on xbox 360 pls tell me

  8. MathiasOrtega on January 14, 2013

    This is not a PlanetSide 2 Clone, Having played both a great deal they are extremely different, While the maps for Dust 514 are small they are going to get bigger. As for the cash shop, You can spend relatively little to get what you want.(Blue prints are around 30-20 aur, 2 dollars gets you 4000 aur, if I’m not mistaken, though that is for militia quality gear) I do wish the drop suits would get knocked down a bit they are pricey. Many of the features of the game have yet to be implemented, There are plans to expand the number of players per match, new match types, and More things for the Merc to do out of battle. The choice for Ps3 was not there original intention. They had Wished that it go on Ps3 and Xbox360 but Microsoft had issues with this idea or that was the just of what i got from the dev diary. But Right now I do feel that All in all Dust is a bit incomplete, it is lacking some of the features that will really put it out away from games like PS2.
    But for though’s of you who will label it a Clone at least give substantial evidence to back up you claim before you go bashing a game please and thank you.

  9. MathiasOrtega on January 14, 2013

    This is not a PlanetSide 2 Clone, Having played both a great deal they are extremely different, While the maps for Dust 514 are small they are going to get bigger. As for the cash shop, You can spend relatively little to get what you want.(Blue prints are around 30-20 aur, 2 dollars gets you 4000 aur, if I’m not mistaken, though that is for militia quality gear) I do wish the drop suits would get knocked down a bit they are pricey. Many of the features of the game have yet to be implemented, There are plans to expand the number of players per match, new match types, and More things for the Merc to do out of battle. The choice for Ps3 was not there original intention. They had Wished that it go on Ps3 and Xbox360 but Microsoft had issues with this idea or that was the just of what i got from the dev diary. But Right now I do feel that All in all Dust is a bit incomplete, it is lacking some of the features that will really put it out away from games like PS2.
    But for though’s of you who will lable it a Clone at least give substantial evidence to back up you claim before you go bashing a game please and thank you.

  10. WNxSubzerofight on January 14, 2013

    my gosh yes finally :3 I was into this when i was only PC but got a ps3 so im both now xP well this will be fun.

  11. Cyanogen1 on January 14, 2013

    Seems like a PlanetSide 2 clone at best, though a few features I wish planetside 2 had.

  12. J-Man on January 14, 2013

    DCUO is a F2P MMO on PS3, so not the first but good to see more F2P stuff on consoles.

  13. Skullheart on January 14, 2013

    I thought Happy Wars was the first to go f2p on a console.Huh,must be my imagination.lol.Anyways,yeah.I don’t understand this at all.Sony accepts Dust 514 on the PS3,which is a direct clone of one of their own games.Which the game it’s cloning is f2p too.Sony,you make no sense whatsoever.lol

  14. kayne134 on January 14, 2013

    i’m in the closed beta and they have such small maps the games fun though
    and yes there is a messed up cash shop in the game but you gain money real fast and stuff

    • HellcatM on January 14, 2013

      Thats good to know. So the money you make can be used to buy every item in the cash shop of are there items that you can only buy with real money? If if the former do you think this is just for the beta and when it goes gold do you think Sony will change the price structure of the store and make some of the items only buyable with real money?

  15. HellcatM on January 14, 2013

    Since its only for the PS3 they’re going to loose a lot of money. This game isn’t B2P, when it actually comes out you’ll be able to download it for free? If so (and even if you have to buy it) I see it being B2W. 1) its on a Sony product and Sony can be greedy. 2) They’re going to have to make their money back some how so I see an aggressive shop. I hope I’m wrong. I don’t have a PS3 and won’t buy one just to play this game.

    Here is what I see happening. They’re not going to make the money they hoped for off this game (more people have Xbox’s and Wii’s than the PS3) so they’ll probably end up porting it for the PC after a while. I think this was a test to see how this would work on the PS3, Sony wants to see if they can get some of the PS3 users to shovel the money to them.

    On that note it looks like a decent game. Does any one at MMOBomb have a PS3 and are you going to do a first look video?

    • BrandNewDaddy on January 15, 2013

      Where do you get off saying that more people have xbox or wii, I would like to see where you get your information. Secondly Sony can only take a small percentage of the ingame store, Sony isnt that greedy look at Xbox and Microsoft, you have to pay just to play online, might as well go play the PC version of the games you wont have to pay extra.

      The reason this game is F2P F2DL, is because the company behind EvE online already makes a load of money, and their marketing is to bring a FPS to a large community, as well as a console that has been set up to accept micro-transactions(sorry this is why 360 sucks, it is not set up to accept micro-transactions within game) Anyways they might port it over the PC, but why would they do that, they want those PS3 players to get EvE and dual play have their EvE account up and playing Dust514 on their PS3. Great Marketing 🙂

  16. Church on January 14, 2013

    Gonna love playing it without you guys. GO PS3 PLAYERS!! PS3 FOREVER

  17. philtothetop on January 14, 2013

    and I though that Happy Wars was F2P? 🙁

  18. Dragoninja on January 14, 2013

    My dad and brother HATE shooters. They play EVE all the time though. My dad and his friend own a corp. It will be cool now that I can finally play with them. I will make them pay me extra just cuz they know me. Haha. Plus I can make sure there is at least a couple tanks for them to drop in for every mission, big or small. Plus I can get my PC Gaming community to step in and help me out. We are the Merry Band of Ass Kicking Gentlemen and we are going to invade yo planets and snatch yo people up. Bewarez.

  19. dagudman on January 14, 2013

    To bad it is only for ps3, they missed on many people since most of the f2p games if not all are for the PC. Also this is a planetside 2 clone like every other shooter 😛

    • Kimwer on January 14, 2013

      Except not really. I love PS2, and I’m kind of half-in-half with this one, but I will tell you that it’s nothing like PS2. It’s more in line with Battlefield, except they trade of the good shooting, vehicles, maps, destruction, teamwork for the meta game. I love the idea of being a merc for some virgin playing hardcore EVE… No offense.

      • Kimwer on January 14, 2013

        No offense to anyone playing EVE i meant, not you dag

  20. IHateMMOs on January 14, 2013

    Played the closed beta. Games boring as hell. The whole mercenary and being able to cooperate with people on EVE is cool and makes for a good MMO, but as an FPS, it’s very bad.

  21. Snowwww on January 14, 2013

    played CBT, controls are so weird ._., optimization is awful..hope it gets better

    • GamerTerran on January 14, 2013

      Why would there be optimization on a PS3 game? lolz. Very rarely is there Optimization.

      • Snowwww on January 14, 2013

        It had graphical lag, textures loaded 1 min later after models and such… 🙁

  22. TheEffect on January 14, 2013

    OH HELL YES!!!!!! NO MORE CALL OF DUTY FOR ME!! Cudnt be more happier. Looks like a Planetside 2 on the PS3..

    • Angelicxx on January 14, 2013

      Agree this dose look like planetside for console but hey maybe sony was secretly behind the development of this game :D(I hope not tho D;)

      • spunkify Author on January 14, 2013

        PS2 is open world. This isn’t open world per say. The missions and locales do change based on the player in EVE requests but the actual mission is a lobby style shooter (drop in and drop out). I do believe the fights can last a while though.

        • TheEffect on January 14, 2013

          That isnt true, Ive been watching all the dev blogs and articals this is a Open world/presistant world.

          • TheEffect on January 14, 2013

            right???

          • spunkify Author on January 14, 2013

            Its persistent but not open world. Your battles affect who owns what in the EVE universe and subsequently where you fight next in DUST but the game itself is based around a sort of lobby system.

          • BrandNewDaddy on January 14, 2013

            I have been playing this since the days as Weekend Beta, this is a lobby based game, the world is persistent based upon the Eve online PC game, meaning each battle is different based upon respawns and what is available to use on the battlefield(all based upon the funds of the Corp/Player that is hiring Mercs) This is not and never will be Open world, but it is completely Open Universe, meaning if you know where to look you can open up the Map of the Universe (loads of planets) and find a game that way rather then looking in the lobby, or atleast that was to be implemented.

            A side note, please if you have not played the game, and only sit and watch the Dev blogs do not assume you know what you are talking about. Dev Blogs show you blips of what the game is going to be like, what they would like to add what is being added and what was not added. Play the game and learn it, other then that ask questions rather then answer them

  23. LightningBenji on January 14, 2013

    Kind of looks like planetside2 for console. By the way anyone knows if it will be able on xbox ?

  24. CrazyHobbit on January 14, 2013

    Is it possible this could come out for The Vita as well ?

    • BrandNewDaddy on January 14, 2013

      there is said to be a tool that is being released on Vita, but the game will be PS3, look forward to it all 🙂

  25. ZhaoYun on January 14, 2013

    so this is just fot ps3 ha?i got a ps3 but i rarely use it i prefer pc so i doubt i will go back on my ps3 just for this one game

    • BrandNewDaddy on January 14, 2013

      the great thing about this game is they allow you to play it using a keyboard and mouse! so dust off that ps3 and join us Mercs!!!

      • ZhaoYun on January 18, 2013

        not following ya that much lol so its for pc AND ps3?since u use keyboard?cause i don’t see how u use keyboard on ur ps3 lol oh actually nvrmind ps3 thingies(dk how to call em)are usb wised so i can just put the cabled keyboard and “register” it into my ps3 lol just remembered is that possible?or am i talkin BS here?i am kind confused lol so its for both pc and ps3 or just ps3 can someone clear that fog for me out?thanks

        • BrandNewDaddy on January 19, 2013

          Alright, so no this game wont be released on PC just because there is mouse and keyboard functions. You can actually plug in a keyboard and mouse to use with your ps3 throught the front USB ports. you do not need to “register” them like you would normal devices(those devices are registered through Bluetooth)

          So in short, start up Dust514, have a keyboard and mouse plugged into the USB slots in the front, and set up your keyfunctions through the options menu and your good to go!

  26. livi on January 14, 2013

    Looks fun to try out

  27. friteris on January 14, 2013

    Is this only on ps3?

  28. Angelicxx on January 14, 2013

    If this game is like open world I might play it i like open world shooters not so much if ita juat pure pvp tho

    • Angelicxx on January 14, 2013

      Magicman sents this in open beta dose that mean i can download it on my console >_<? if so how please telllllll meh!O_O_O_O:0

      • Elesion1337 on January 14, 2013

        When I downloaded it for the closed beta I had to get it from the ps3 store 🙂

      • Elesion1337 on January 14, 2013

        Just looked it up open beta goes live 22nd of Jan 🙂

  29. reavermyst on January 14, 2013

    Man, I wish this was available for PC as well. This game looks like so much fun.

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