DUST 514 will be free to play

First hands-on later this month.

DUST 514, CCP’s upcoming massively multiplayer online first-person shooter for PlayStation Network, will be free to play and download when it launches, the developer has announced. 

DUST 514 has everything you could want in a shooter: thrilling gameplay, spectacular graphics and an incredible strategic depth that comes from sharing the living universe of EVE Online,” said CCP CEO Hilmar Pétursson. “DUST 514 embodies the passion and creativity the world has come to expect from CCP, and we think PlayStation®3 owners will be amazed at the opportunity to play such a groundbreaking new game of this caliber for free.”

Dust 514 promises to deliver “exhilarating team-based combat” across the “thousands” of planets set within the EVE Online universe. Mercenary teams in DUST 514 will work with EVE Online players to “wage battles, acquire territory, amass wealth and build empires.”

“As the first true free-to-play FPS on PS3™, Dust 514 signifies a big step forward in the evolution of console gaming,” said Phil Rosenberg, SVP of Business Development, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC. “PS3™ is the only platform where players will experience a AAA game like this for free and showcases our commitment to deliver the best games exclusively on PlayStation Network.”

The first hands-on demonstration of DUST 514 will take place during CCP Games’ EVE Fanfest from March 22 to 24 in Iceland.

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