CCP announces console-based Eve game

GDC Europe 2009: Icelandic firm's CEO unveils Dust 514--a console-based MMO FPS hybrid set in the Eve Online universe.

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COLOGNE, Germany--While the title of Hilmar Veigar Petursson's GDC Europe session was "Winning the War," the real highlight was the unveiling of the company's first new game since Eve Online in 2003. The project is called Dust 514, and it will be a console-based massively multiplayer online game that will feed into the wider Eve Online universe.

According to Petursson, the game will be a first-person shooter/real-time strategy hybrid that will take place on the planets within Eve Online. "The primary gameplay features brutal ground combat that takes place on the surface of planets," said Petursson. "Dust 514 is the infantry, and an Eve Online player can contract a Dust team to go in and take control of a planet. The fleet does the flying, the infantry does the dying," he joked, in reference to Paul Verhoeven's 1997 sci-fi film version of Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers.

"This is for all you new people: I only have one rule. Everyone fights. No one quits. You don't do your job, I'll shoot you myself. You get me?"

The game was unveiled with a trailer that showed the game in action, albeit through what appeared to be prerendered footage. A ship belonging to the Ishukone Corporation was revealed, before the camera headed inside to show someone playing from a first-person perspective. The character equipped a gun and ran through the ship, going outside onto the planet's surface and then aboard a small military aircraft. All around the character, jeeps and tanks fought it out on the ground while larger ships blasted each other in the air.

The game has been under development for three years at CCP Shanghai, with input from other CCP studios worldwide. We questioned Petursson about the platforms the game is being developed for, as well as subscription details, but he declined to comment at this time. But it was confirmed that the game was being developed for "current generation hardware."

Petursson did promise more details will be revealed at the company's Eve Fanfest 2009 event in Iceland in October, so stay tuned to GameSpot for more information.

Discussion

33 comments
jknight5422
jknight5422

This looks good. I hope it succeeds. I don't play EVE, but I'd like to be a part of it on my console.

jaz350z
jaz350z

@PAL360 where did you hear this has 256 players???

PAL360
PAL360

The interaction between EVE and Dust looks awesome. And with 256 player battles this will be epic. I cant wait

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

Can't wait! I really hope its F2P

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

This looks and sounds great. Will this be pay-to-play? I sure hope not. The one reason I never picked up Phantasy Star for the 360.

bagehi
bagehi

Hmmm... played Eve forever and ever amen. I have an xbox...okay! Now I really can't wait for Fanfest.

blakeney
blakeney

this really does look promising, EVE online for pc is one of my alltime fav games that ive played!

Taegre
Taegre

WOOOOO! I actually just got into EVE last month and it still blows my mind. As someone who has always denounced MMORPGs, this one really goes the opposite way from the WoW stereotype. Glad to see it's not too late to join the game if they're planning a console installment now.

ShockerX01
ShockerX01

As a proud Eve-O player, this is a gigantic potential. I'm all for this, but the thought of having 12 year olds/halo freaks that could decide the fate of controlling space worries me. I hope CCP implement the "additional" feature carefully. :)

icepickiii
icepickiii

HOLY!!!! I thought I could get away from EVE. But now this? OMG this should be amazing if they the FPS honed in real good.

september_basic
september_basic

And of course they withhold information about World of Darkness MMORPG. Either they are planning phenomenal and revolutionary gameplay or they are planning to shaft White Wolf.

Micropanic
Micropanic

@grootelaar I'm sure CCP will stop working on the game, as your own personal playing habits are of utmost importance to them.. they are currently worshiping at your shrine to try and quell your negativity.

grootelaar
grootelaar

if this will have monthly fee i am not buying it

StarvingPoet
StarvingPoet

This might bring me back into EVE. Damn you woman!

konradak
konradak

Hm, this could be pretty cool. Lets see what happens.

Vikingfbm
Vikingfbm

Developers have been trying to figure out a way to bring big name MMO's to the console market, this may be the solution. My alliance (Electus Matari) is already buzzing in anticipation.

witewo1f
witewo1f

This really sounds like a cool Idea, I have always entertained the idea of computer players directing while console players play. I would like to see how it works, if it does I would like to see something like this in a RTS game. I do not however think that something like that would work, but this sounds like it could. It sounds like the PC players will not have much input except for the choice of planet though, so it could work.

ISuPrEmAcY32I
ISuPrEmAcY32I

hm, i'm all for MMO's on consoles, if they can somehow get the controls right, just a FPS MMO doesn't really appeal to me. I know it's impossible but I dream of mmo's that you can play just for paying for a gold membership. really, just up live's monthly service by 2 or 3 dollars and that would be great for everyone imo. I've never played an eve game, butl i hope it does well so we can see more and better mmo's on consoles, but I probably won't pick it up

Pyroninja42
Pyroninja42

OH. SNAP. THAT LOOKS PRETTY. In all seriousness, that looks sexy. I can't wait.

benashley
benashley

From reading this article it sounds as though the players from the Eve online game contract the players of the Dust 514 game to take control of planets for them. So the FP shooting part on the planets is a separate game from the existing Eve online space RTS game? sounds to complicated to me

fazedjb
fazedjb

cant see it working myself. we will have to see.

andy_lyall
andy_lyall

An FPS-RTS hybrid. Can think of lots that have tried. Can't think of one that was any good. CCP have created a really unique universe in Eve, let's hope this isn't going to sink a massive big black hole into the middle of it.

campbell153
campbell153

It`ll be nice to see if this works...

cockneyscouse
cockneyscouse

But Eve online plays like a spread-sheet. Not floating my boat, but no MMO does :(

Jeriko20
Jeriko20

Good use of the Starship Troopers quote! If this game actually ends up not sucking and I decide to buy it, I'm going to name my toon Johnny Rico.

Shovah
Shovah

sounds like a good idea to me. hope it turns out alright

DoomZaW
DoomZaW

Somehow this stinks of failure already

RazThePred
RazThePred

I'll have to keep my eye on this.