March 30, 2012 by Paul Curtin
Sony Online Entertainment’s upcoming free-to-play sequel, PlanetSide 2, looks to be officially bringing back the MMOFPS genre, but the creators behind the insanely popular, yet amazingly boring, EVE Online, seem to be taking the MMOFPS idea to the next level. In their first game developed since Eve, CCP Games will also be creating a free-to-play MMOFPS, but with the unique twist of combining the shooter with their already well-established Eve universe.
The result is Dust 514, a project that seems unlike anything before it by allowing players of both Dust and Eve to simultaneously play in one universe where their actions have a direct effect on one another’s gameplay. By having the PlayStation 3-exclusive Dust 514 combined with PC’s Eve Online, gamers playing on the PS3 will be able to take missions from commanders playing Eve who can even help out by delivering air strikes in real time to locations selected by players on the battlefield.
Unfortunately, while the latest cinematic trailer looks stunning, Dust‘s FPS battles will consist of only 32 vs. 32 player games, which is still big for today’s standards, but far fewer than hundreds like in MAG or PlanetSide. Nevertheless, Dust 514 seems to be shaping up well and offering some new features that could revolutionize the industry. Check out the official cinematic trailer from Eve Fanfest 2012 below.