Dust 514 On PS3 Closing In May
PS3 free-to-play FPS Dust 514 will be shut down in May according to developer CCP Games, but work on a new project is underway.
Fans will be able to play the game until it's terminated on May 30th of this year. Until then no PSN packs or purchases are allowed, although players with existing Aurum can still get items from the in-game marketplace.
Here's part of a statement from CCP on the game's official forum:
We are very proud of what we've learned and accomplished with Dust 514 on PlayStation 3 over the past three years and it is an honor to be a part of such a dedicated community. We consider Dust 514 one of the best free-to-play offerings on the platform, but the years have caught up with us. Thank you for being a part of Dust 514 on the PlayStation 3. We look forward to the next chapter, and hope you'll be a part of it and continue the journey with us.
The company says Dust 514 developer CCP Shanghai is working on a new FPS project using Unreal Engine 4 set in New Eden. CCP calls the future game "an evolution of Project Legion," which it says was built on dead-end technology and therefore couldn't provide a "future-proof technology base for a full production game."
CCP says the project is still in the early stages, but it hopes to show something off at the EVE Fanfest on April 21. Loyal Dust 514 players will receive "tiered recognition rewards" for their efforts, but this will be detailed in the future.
[Source: Dust 514 Official Forums]
It's never fun to see this happen, inevitable as it is. Previously, CCP was confident that the title would live on beyond the PS3, but clearly that was not possible or not tenable.