It seems that CCP has decided that DUST 514 will be free to play. No cover charge, no minimum buy in, just free to play. Forever. You can see the details over at eurogamer, but I'll give you the short version.
There was going to be a $10 to $20 cover charge for the game on PSN, but that has now been scrapped.We've also got some juicy details on what types of microtransactions we can expect to see.
"It was a relatively confusing proposition," executive producer Brandon Laurino explained to Eurogamer, "and we wanted to make it unambiguously that this is a free-to-play game."
Items available include vanity goods to customise appearances with; boosters that save time, such as double skill point (SP) boosters; variants of weapons that aren't necessarily more powerful - "side-grades" that look or play differently; services like character respecs; and lucky dip treasure boxes. "It's what has emerged as best practice," Laurino said.And for those worried they will be missing out on important game content if they don't pay out, don't be.
"There won't be some section of the universe that's blocked off. It's really about what you build on those planets - some of those will be earned, some of those will be paid. Again, none will give an unfair advantage, but may have a unique look, or a certain tweak or side-grade."So all in all, a good turn of events for seeing more people give DUST 514 a try. Make sure you check out all the details at Eurogamer.
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Update: Here is official PlayStation Blog post by Brandon as well.
Update #2: Press release on ccpgames.com!