EVE universe FPS still in development for PC, say CCP

Project Legion

Today, CCP Games announced plans to axe the PS3-exclusive EVE: Online spin-off Dust 514 after three years of operation. While this news no doubt pains console owners, the Icelandic developers also used the announcement to confirm that Dust 514’s reimagining on PC - once known as Project Legion - is still very much happening.

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Project Legion was first announced during 2014’s Eve Fanfest. The Dust 514 team in Shanghai would take the reins, we heard, and it’d be built around what they'd learned throughout the course of the game’s console development. In essence, they'd keep all that was good and get rid of all that didn't work so well.

As Jeremy reported last year, focus was then directed specifically on improving Dust before any sort of PC reimagining would occur - even though CCP Shanghai’s managing director Jean-Charles Gaudechon claimed New Eden “deserves a shooter on PC”.

The Project Legion label appears to have since been dropped, but the PC project - built from the ground up in Unreal Engine 4 - is still happening, according to a developer update posted today. 

“[CCP Shanghai’s] experience is being utilized to build a new game from scratch using Unreal Engine 4 while harnessing all our learnings from DUST 514,” reads the update. “This is in many ways an evolution of Project Legion, the concept we announced at EVE Fanfest 2014, but without the limitations of technical debt and development paths we quickly discovered in that effort that could never serve as a future-proof technology base for a full production game. 

“This new project is still in an early phase of production, and we feel like we’re on the right track and plan to give an update at EVE Fanfest on April 21st as a part of the free livestream of the event. Since this new game will be different from DUST 514 (although keeping many of its great parts), we will provide tiered recognition rewards to our loyal DUST customers, details to be announced.”

Expect more info come April 21, then. Roll on Fanfest 2016.

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Flappers(5 hours played)
1 Year ago

I said from the start that it would be long till this game closed down... Granted it took much longer than I expected, but it still happened.

The problem is that they released it on PS only. A F2P FPS would do great on PC, especially with EVE online players, playing solely on PC. Not all PC players have a console, but all PC players have a PC, thus 100% of the EVE online players could have access to this game.

It was a mistake for CCP to go down the road of a PS exclusive... but I'm worried that it might be too late to introduce it to PC

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1 Year ago

to be fair it's a game for a console that stopped being top tier over 2 years ago, it wouldn't really make sense to expend time on a game for a system that most people will have likely moved on from.

as for Dust, it did ok on PS3, it's biggest problem was it had native keyboard and mouse support, Move support and game pad support, due to the difference in ability of the 3 they segregated the keyboard and mouse players from gamepad and if I remember right they also segregated off users who used Move, so it was a massively fragmented user base.

so really you say you expected this game to shut down, but the game hasn't shut due to failure it has shut due to the system it is for becoming obsolete making continued development pointless and likely unprofitable.

it's also why I wouldn't be surprised to see this game on the PS4, Sony's network is open so can cross play, Unreal Engine is scalable to PS4 and it would likely pick up a following from the PS3 users. not to mention again they could implement the keyboard and mouse support Dust have, but by linking in with PC give a much larger player base.

so yeah be as negative as you want, but the game ran for 2 years past the life of the console, unless you honestly believe CCP would be lazy enough to directly port the PS3 to PS4 rather than releasing a new version down the road, just for the sake of keeping an old game running.

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Flappers(5 hours played)
1 Year ago

Having a player count of less than 2000 globally, I would consider a failure for a free to play game

http://eve-offline.net/?server=dust

This is not profitable for CCP, thus they need to shut it down

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Lolssi Avatar
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1 Year ago

How much did Eve affect Dust and vice versa?

Like what people did in other game did it have results in the other like they marketed it in the beginning.

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Sir Irish Avatar
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1 Year ago

A little but the link was not substantial or dramatic. Over time I've garnered that, that was at the root of their, CCP's, problems. Though all of that is old news now and the concept of this game, in and of itself, lives on!

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1 Year ago

Of course the game would come to an end, as do most things... For me, if I don't like a game I don't play it.

I've played Dust 514 for a long time and I've truly enjoyed it; the game, the people, the ideas, the communities and more. Though the game needed a lot of work, it still has come a long, long way. And how does that happen. People who work hard doing something they are dedicated to and enjoy. In my opinion, in concept this game is marvelous and I hope it gets remade well.

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