When Dust 514 was announced way back at GDC 2009, it sounded awesome - a first person MMO shooter set in the EVE universe that would actually effect the EVE Online universe.
Part of the Sony press conference included the ever-so-casual mention that this title is now a PlayStation 3 exclusive. A post on the official PlayStation blog by CCP Community Manager James Egan reveals a lot more about this title and how it will work:
Your actions have significance. We think that’s a compelling approach to a game, and something that’s currently lacking in the industry. But impact on what? The EVE universe is made up of thousands of solar systems, each with a number of planets within those systems. Those same planets seen in EVE Online, where the MMO players create various planetary structures and colonies, are the potential battlegrounds of DUST 514.
Your fights impact the entire EVE setting, comprised of both DUST 514 mercenaries and EVE Online starship pilots, known as “capsuleers“. When you capture or destroy planetary structures, you are asserting dominance over regions of that planet – perhaps eventually the planet itself. As you profit while wiping out your opposition in DUST 514, the outcomes of these conflicts can affect territorial control of vast regions of space in EVE Online, something of great importance to EVE’s starship pilots.
The blog post goes into more details so is definitely worth a read.
Well, I guess this is good news if you're an EVE Online player that also owns a PlayStation 3, but it seems unfortunately for PC gamers that were looking for a cool new touch to the many, many hours they've invested into their EVE experience.