CCP Games has announced that after months of a closed beta, DUST 514 is officially in open beta, free to download and play for anyone with a PlayStation 3. Having recently connected DUST 514 with EVE Online, CCP has forged an unprecedented persistent single-shard universe of incredible depth and scale. Now EVE Online’s expansive New Eden Universe connects two different games across PC and console platforms in real time. This is the first time two games from different genres and different platforms, a PC space combat simulator and a console first-person shooter, have been linked together into one massive online gaming experience.
If you’ve been wanting to play this then now is the time to hope on and check it out. I’ve been in the closed beta for some time and while it won’t be the right fit for all first person shooter fans, some folks will absolutely love it. Combine that with the ability to be part of a bigger organization through the EVE Online integration and the possibilities get really interesting.
Now that DUST 514 has entered open beta, mercenaries will begin to shape their careers in earnest as there are no further character resets planned and every shot, every battle and every contract counts. Going forward, all skill upgrades, weapon choices, dropsuit selections and vehicle fittings will shape the fighting strategies and the battles of all mercenaries in DUST 514.
The DUST 514 Open Beta is the next step towards CCP’s long-term vision for the EVE Universe. In the upcoming weeks, and for years to come, CCP will continually improve upon the overall DUST 514 experience, adding features, content, as well as deeper integration between the two games. If you’ve played the game, hit up the comments and let us know what you think. If you are an EVE Online player, hit up the comments and let us know what you think of the integration of the two worlds so far.